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Master in Management - Grande Ecole

If you are enrolled in the MSc in Management program, you can choose between starting your first year at the ESSEC France Campus or at the ESSEC Asia Pacific Campus. Depending on your choice, the curriculum of the first year changes.

At the ESSEC France Campus:

The year starts with refresher courses geared at bringing your current knowledge to required levels. This way, you will be able to truly participate in the more challenging courses that will follow. After that, from trimester 2 onwards, you will personalize your curriculum: next to following core courses you choose from the many electives (more than 200!) that you find interesting.

Don't want to stay in France?

In that case, you can also choose to do courses or pursue a double degree at one of our 94 partner universities. You decide when to do what, so this could also be the period in which you don't have class, but instead do an internship, apprenticeship, volunteer or accrue other professional experience.

At the ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus:

Exclusively in Singapore, refresher courses are integrated with hands-on business consultancy experience with respectable firms operating in Asia (Club Med, Sodexo, etc.). From the challenges of social business to entrepreneurial initiative, you will be able to put your knowledge into practice.

Trimester 2 and 3 in Singapore are different, in the sense that you choose a track after your refresher courses. There are three tracks:

  • The Corporate Finance track allows you to specialize during your foundation year in a program dedicated to Finance with courses such as Firm Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Financial Statement Analysis. You will reap the benefits of a strong professional network, in an Asian environment devoted to Finance, right from the start.
  • The Business Management in Asia track aims at providing you with a solid foundation for a steep and successful career in Asia: home to a few of the fastest growing and most promising economies in the world.
  • The Entrepreneurship & Innovation track will let you become part of the Silicon Valley of Asia and bring business ideas to life: ESSEC’s partnership with the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Singapore and its close proximity to [email protected] provide a conducive environment for budding entrepreneurs.

As said, starting in Singapore provides the benefit of guaranteed access to these tracks.

Another innovative pedagogical component of Grande Ecole program is the Asian Strategy Project in partnership with Capgemini Consultancy. Created seven years ago, this project was implemented with the view to provide digital transformation strategy, revamping business models to address challenges faced by companies in the Asian region.

Choosing and keeping your options open

Regardless of your choice, after your first year, all your options remain open and are the same for all students. If you started in France, you still have the option to spend your second year in Singapore and pursue any and every program offered (a selection process is applied here). Was Singapore your start choice, you'd be welcome to continue your second year in Singapore, with 7 specialized tracks available, or come to the ESSEC France campus. And - as of September 2017 - you will also have the option to do a track at the ESSEC Africa-Atlantic campus in Rabat, Morocco during your second year. You design your curriculum, but your options remain open! 

Click here to learn more about all the tracks and see example courses.

A program with unprecedented freedom

You will get all the basics you need through the 9 compulsory core modules and then you can study what you like, choose to specialise or not, by taking a minimum 16 elective courses.

The Core Track’s 9 mandatory courses can be taken on either ESSEC campus:

  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Management Control
  • Business Economics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Law or Operations
  • Organizational Theory & Behaviour
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategy & Management
  • Information Systems/Technology (IS/IT) for Managers

You also have to study a foreign language during your time at the school. If you are a non-native French speaker, you will study French. You are also free to study additional languages: German, Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian.

With the remainder 70% of course requirements, you are free to choose to continue your studies in France, go to the Asia-Pacific campus in Singapore, or study in an international exchange.

For a comprehensive list of all on offer, download the Course Catalogue.

Building professional experience

To really be competitive on the job market as a young graduate, you will already be up-and-running and ready-to-go having had a minimum 18 months of work experience. 

Whatever your career aspirations regarding the field you want to work in, the type of job you take on, the length of your contracts, or even the location, you will have the flexibility to choose from or mix and match several options:

  • Internships - the classic route where depending on the company and type of job role, you will spend 1 longer period of time in 1 company as an intern or a trainee manager or if you prefer you can look to spend several shorter stints in various companies.
  • Work contracts - you may be lucky enough to go straight into paid employment, part time or full time, on a fixed term (CDD) or even a permanent (CDI) contract or graduate scheme.
  • Creating your own company - if you have the idea and an entrepreneurial flair, you have the possibility of joining one of two on-campus incubators, “Ventures” & “Antropia” who will accompany you on your startup adventure.
  • VIE-VIA - this is an international volunteer program only available to EU citizens under the age of 28. The positions are more like real jobs and can be based in embassies and cultural centers or in overseas branches of large companies in a wide range of sectors.

ESSEC provides career support and guidance to students and alumni alike. If you have relevant work experience prior to joining the program, you have the option to use this as credit.


Visit the Master in Management - Grande Ecole page on the ESSEC Business School website for more details!

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