Master in Strategy & Management of International Business (SMIB)



Do I have the profile that fits?

Are you a business-oriented, bold, authentic, responsible and open-minded young applicant and wish to:
- Acquire an aptitude to work on an international scale in a multicultural environment
- Benefit from top-level teaching with an intense learning curriculum integrating professional experiences
- Develop your career in Western or Asian countries
- Pivot or launch your career in consulting, strategic management or digital transformation and innovation
- Discover Paris, Singapore, Rabat, Kingston, Columbia or Monterrey

Have you obtained or are currently pursuing:

A 3-year Bachelor Degree or a Licence 3
(In any discipline) at the minimum
You will complete the
program in 2 years (M1+M2)
A 4-year Bachelor Degree or a Master 1
(In any discipline) at the minimum
You will complete the
program in 1 year (M2)

If the commission board finds that your background is strong but not complete enough in some required aspects, we may ask you to complete the program in 2 years (M1+M2) instead in order to build up your strengths and ensure your success.

Admission Calendar

Online application portal is currently available. Application deadlines for the academic year starting September 2021 are below:




Round 1 September 1st, 2020
23h59 Paris Time
September 30th, 2020
Round 2 October 1st, 2020
23h59 Paris Time
October 31st, 2020
Round 3 November 1st, 2020
23h59 Paris Time
November 30th, 2020
Round 4 December 1st, 2020
23h59 Paris Time
December 31st, 2020
Round 5 January 1st, 2021
23h59 Paris Time
January 31st, 2021
Round 6 February 1st, 2021
23h59 Paris Time
February 28th, 2021
Round 7 March 1st, 2021
23h59 Paris Time
March 31st, 2021
Round 8 April 1st, 2021
23h59 Paris Time
April 30th, 2021
Round 9 May 1st, 2021
23h59 Paris Time
May 31st, 2021
Round 10 June 1st, 2021
23h59 Paris Time
June 30th, 2021


Admission Process

COVID-19: Adapted Admission Procedure | Last updated: Monday, 28th September 2020

Please note that the following conditions are subject to change based on the evolving global situation. Kindly check this page regularly for updates.

English Tests: TOEFL iBT, IELTS, Cambridge

As test center testing remains limited in certain countries, candidates who have not already taken the test are allowed to apply by submitting the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition.

For candidates based in Mainland China: Given that test center testing also remains limited in Mainland China, candidates who have not already taken the test are allowed to apply by submitting the TOEFL ITP.

Management Tests: GMAT and GRE

Given that Management test centers are closed and test center testing remains limited in certain countries, candidates who have not already taken the test are allowed to apply by submitting scores from the GMAT™ Online Exam or the GRE® General Test at Home.

STEP 1: Prepare the tests

You will need to provide:

  • 1 Management Test Score - Mandatory. You may take any of the following tests:


  • 1 English Test Score - Exempted if native-speaker or have studied/lived/worked for the last 3 years in an English speaking university or in a country where native language is English. You may take any of the following tests:

It can take several months to prepare and register for an exam slot for these tests.
Keep this in mind before starting your application as without these test scores, it will be incomplete.


Specific test requirements for Exchange and Double Degrees

If you are looking to go for an exchange or double degree program as part of the Corporate Strategy Track at ESSEC France or at ESSEC Asia-Pacific, please note that the following specific requirements apply:

Exchange or Double Degree

Management Test Score Requirements

English Test Score Requirements

Other Language Requirements

Darla-Moore School of Business - University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States

GMAT > 600

TOEFL > 100 OR
IELTS > 7.5


EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

GMAT > 600

TOEFL > 100 OR
IELTS > 7.5

Fluency in Spanish

Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Toronto, Canada

GMAT > 600

TOEFL > 100 OR
IELTS > 7.5


ESSEC Africa, Rabat, Morocco

All test scores are accepted

All test scores are accepted

Fluency in French

STEP 2: Start your online application

Create your candidate account. You can fill in the online application at your own pace and come back to it at any point. You can only apply once per program each academic year.

Once validated, your campus and track choice are final.

STEP 3: Upload supporting documents

A complete online application includes the following items. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
All documents must be provided in English or French.
Official translations will have to be provided for documents in other languages.



Academic Transcripts Official and authenticated copies from each year of University 
Degree(s) obtained Authenticated copies of official degrees since high school (school leaving). 
While applying, if you do not have your final diploma that makes you eligible for the program, you can apply with an Enrolment Certificate. 
Important: By mid-December of your starting year at ESSEC, you will have to provide a copy of your final diploma (or a certificate of completion/attendance). 
1 Curriculum Vitae One page maximum
1 Identity Card Passport or other national identity card
1 Photograph 1 passport sized photo
1 English Test TOEIC/TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge English Advanced, if applicable
1 Management Test GMAT/GRE/CAT/TAGE-MAGE
2 x Recommendations
One of which is a professional reference.
It is the applicant's responsibility to enter details of both the referees as soon as possible to allow them to complete the online recommendation on time. Once you enter their details and save, a link is sent to them immediately to fill out the recommendation online.
Application Fee 115 € non-refundable and payable online
Click to see if you are exempted
STEP 4: Submit your application

There are several rounds of admissions. Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot make changes to your application.

STEP 5: Your application file is ready for review

Once your application is complete, it will be fully reviewed by the admission committee. Each part of your application is taken into account. In case further clarification on your application is needed, an interview may be scheduled.

STEP 6: Get your admission result

You will be notified via email and you can also access the result via the application portal.

Please note that once your registration is confirmed, you will not be able to change tracks anymore. You may use the time frame between admission and registration confirmation to discuss your track choice directly with our Academic Director, to help you make your choice if necessary.

STEP 7: Secure your seat

Secure your seat by paying the non-refundable deposit fee. This non-refundable deposit has to be paid within two weeks from the day of admission, and will then be deducted from your tuition fee.

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