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ESSEC Business School

Cergy, Paris (France), Singapore, Rabat (Morocco)


ESSEC Business School

There is little doubt that France is a global hotspot in the world of business education. The Financial Times include three French business schools amongst their European top 10, including ESSEC Business School, which has been pioneering its own brand of business teaching since 1907. The school’s primary campus is located in Paris; a global financial, economic and cultural capital that is one of the most-visited cities in the world. With further campuses in Singapore and Morocco, ESSEC is perfectly placed to provide its students with a global business knowledge of both established and emerging markets.

As a research-based institution, ESSEC is equally focused on disseminating cutting-edge knowledge as educating future business leaders. To achieve this the school retains four key learning goals of any business program: transferring knowledge into action, managing in uncertainty & complexity in a digital era, exercising leadership with an entrepreneurial spirit and managing for sustainability & positive societal impact. As well as producing graduates that are adaptable to the needs of major organisations, the school’s entrepreneurial initiatives ensure those looking to start a new business have the skills, knowledge and support to do so.

ESSEC’s range of MBA programs make full use of its global connections. The full-time, 12-month Global MBA takes place in both France and Singapore, with students able to specialize in a major of their choice during the program: Luxury Brand Management, Strategy & Management or Strategy & Digital Leadership. More experienced candidates with 10+ years of work experience have the option of three separate Executive MBAs, which can be studied just in France or in multiple locations across Europe or Asia. Whilst your choice will ultimately depend on your current work situation and future ambitions, all of ESSEC’s MBA programs offer world-class teaching, flexible learning options and innovative curriculums that ready its graduates for success.

MBA Programs offered by ESSEC Business School:

  • Global MBA
  • EMBA ESSEC-Mannheim

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is the MBA program structured?

ALUSB’s 20-month MBA programme uses technology to leapfrog traditional MBA learning models. Rather than a residential program that takes students out of the workforce for as much as two years and emphasizes theoretical approaches, the ALUSB MBA uses a cutting-edge ‘flipped’ educational model that emphasizes student-centered, participatory learning based on real-world issues. Instead of simply memorizing frameworks and formulae, ALUSB MBA students will gain key problem-solving, strategic-thinking, communication, and leadership skills—as well as a peer network drawn from countries across the continent.

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants will generally have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and have demonstrated high academic achievement in their programme. In addition, applicants should have a minimum of five years work experience and preferably some management experience.

How does the ideal MBA candidate look like?

Candidates are generally expected to have 6 to 10 years of work experience and are ideally looking to propel themselves into high impact careers by rapidly becoming senior leaders within their organization. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate a passion for doing business across the African continent and must have a strong desire to develop a global perspective.

Do I need reference letters to apply to the ALU MBA?

Yes. You will need 2 reference letters from people who can give an accurate, detailed description of your work experience, character and leadership abilities. One of the letters must come from your supervisor at your current or former place of work. The second letter can come from a supervisor or a colleague.

Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE?

Simply, no, we do not require that you take the GMAT or GRE exams before applying.

What is the tuition fee?

The ALUSB MBA costs $15,000 per-year ($30,000 total), which includes tuition fees for online courses and costs of all in-person workshops. Travel and accommodation costs during in-person workshops are not included in this figure.

Does ALU offer financial aid?

We understand that every student’s financial situation is different, and we are committed to working with every admitted student to try to organize available sources of financing in a way that makes it possible for them to attend the ALUSB MBA.

What is the language of instruction at ALU?

All courses are offered in English.

Is ALU SB accredited?

The ALUSB MBA is awarded by ALU Rwanda and is accredited by Rwanda’s Higher Education Council.

Which universities appear on the final certificate?

The MBA degree will be awarded by the African Leadership University School of Business (ALUSB), which is the school that will appear on the degree certificate. While ALUSB is collaborating with other institutions to deliver a number of the online courses in the ALU MBA programme, the bulk of the degree will be designed and delivered by ALUSB, consistent with our commitment to creating a degree that is as relevant as possible to African business leaders. As such, while the ALU MBA will provide alumni status at ALU and access to a number of ALU-related networks (ALU alumni; the African Leadership Network), the MBA degree will not confer special status (alumni or other) at the other institutions.