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
You will complete the
program in 2 years (M1+M2)
A 4-year Bachelor Degree or a Master Degree
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 2023 are below:




Round 1 September 30, 2022 
12 p.m. (Paris Time - Noon)
October 28, 2022 
Round 2 November 2, 2022
12 p.m. (Paris Time - Noon)
December 14, 2022 
Round 3 December 15, 2022
12 p.m. (Paris Time - Noon)
January 31, 2023
Round 4 February 1, 2023 
12 p.m. (Paris Time - Noon)
March 14, 2023 
Round 5 March 15, 2023 
12 p.m. (Paris Time - Noon)
April 28, 2023 
Round 6 May 2, 2023
12 p.m. (Paris Time - Noon)
May 31, 2023 
Round 7 June 1, 2023
12 p.m. (Paris Time - Noon)
June 30, 2023 

Admission Process

STEP 1: Anticipate, prepare, and take the tests

You will have to provide:
- 1 Management test score - mandatory
- 1 English test score - mandatory. The English test is not required if the applicant has spent at least 3 years in a higher education program completely taught in English.




  Management Test
GMAT 5 years Select 'ESSEC Business School-Master in Strategy and Management of International Business (SMIB)'
GMAT™ Online Exam is accepted
GRE 5 years Institution Code: 0839
GRE® General Test at Home is accepted
CAT 1 year For Indian applicants
Tage-Mage 2 years  
  English Test
TOEFL iBT 2 years   Minimum score 95 
 Institution Code: 0520
 Special home edition is accepted 
IELTS (Academic)  Minimum score 6.5
Cambridge (Minimum FCE)  Minimum score 175
TOEIC (Listening and Reading)  Minimum score 850

* The tests must not be older than the years mentioned above at the application deadline (application round you choose to apply in).

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 uploaded in your application file, it will be incomplete.

Click here to take the GMAT Quiz and get an estimate of your score. Please note that you cannot apply with a GMAT Quiz score. 

Specific test requirements for Double Degrees and Exchanges

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

Double Degree or Exchange

Management Test Score Requirements

English Test Score Requirements

Other Language Requirements

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

GMAT > 600

TOEFL > 100 OR
IELTS > 7.5


Double Degree | EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

GMAT > 600

TOEFL > 100 OR
IELTS > 7.5

Fluency in Spanish

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

GMAT > 600

TOEFL > 100 OR
IELTS > 7.5


Exchange | ESSEC Africa, Rabat, Morocco

No minimum score requirement

No minimum score requirement

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 submitted, your campus and track choices 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 Authenticated copies of transcripts relating to the currently pursued degree or the one achieved last.
Degree(s) obtained Authenticated copy of the accredited higher education degree achieved last. If you did not achieve the required degree yet, upload an enrolment certificate stating the expected graduation date.
Important: By mid-December of your starting year at ESSEC, you will have to provide a copy of the eligible diploma (or a certificate of completion).
1 Curriculum Vitae One page maximum
1 Identity Card Passport or other national identity card
1 Photograph 1 passport sized photo
1 English Test Official test taker score report
1 Management Test Official test taker score report
2 x References
One academic and one professional reference is highly recommended.
It is your responsibility to enter both referees’ contact details promptly and give them enough time to fill in the online reference. A link to fill in the online reference form is sent immediately after you save their contact details.
Application Fee 100 € non-refundable and payable online
Click to see if you are exempt.
STEP 4: Submit your application

Once you have completed your online application and have attached all the supporting documents, the final step is to submit your online application. Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot make changes to your application.

Please keep in mind that there are several rounds of admissions. The deadlines to submit your application are listed in the table above.

STEP 5: Your application file is ready for review

Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the admission committee. Each part of your application is taken into account, hence the need to complete it conscientiously. Kindly note that in case clarification is needed, an interview may be scheduled.

STEP 6: Get your admission result

You will be notified about the results by email (refer to the above-mentioned calendar).

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

Following your admission, make sure to secure your seat in the program by paying the non-refundable deposit within 2 weeks.

This amount will be deducted from your tuition fee.

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