ESSEC Business School MBA

ESSEC Business School

Region: Europe, Asia, Africa

Country: France, Singapore, Morocco

City: Cergy, Paris, Singapore, Rabat

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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 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.

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5 reasons why to choose the ESSEC Global MBA?

  1. Experience a bi-continental one-year program in France and Singapore.
  2. Tailor your MBA to your career goals with one of two tracks: Strategy & Digital Leadership or Luxury Brand Management.
  3. Prepare yourself to meet future challenges through in class learning and hands-on practical experiences.
  4. Dive into new business trends: sustainability, digital transformation and entrepreneurship.
  5. Join an international cohort of over 24 nationalities for life-changing experience.

What are the admissions requirements for the Global MBA?

The Global MBA is designed for high-potential professionals looking to make a career leap.

  • Admission Requirements:
  • Be at least 25 years old at the time of application
  • At least 3 years of post-university professional experience (excluding internships)
  • Work experience abroad or in an international environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • A competitive GMAT or GRE score
  • Advanced level of English

Our program advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have. You may contact them at

What are the 5 objectives of the ESSEC Executive MBA programs?

  1. Develop a 360-degree global view of business and expertise in all corporate functions.  
  2. Test an entrepreneurial idea by applying acquired theoretical knowledge to start a business or develop a new product or market for your company.  
  3. Learn to work effectively in culturally diverse teams.  
  4. Increase your versatility and value to your employer, thus multiplying your career opportunities. 
  5. Create a valuable and lasting network of business partners and friends.

What is the format of the ESSEC Executive MBA programs?

ESSEC Executive MBA:  Week end format – 66.5 days over 18 months – Fridays and Saturdays every two weeks

ESSEC and Mannheim EMBA: Modular format –  68 program days- spread over 18 months.

European track: 6-day modules every 6 weeks from Tuesday or Wednesday to Sunday noon.

Asian track: 6-day modules every 4 to 5 weeks from Monday to Saturday

How can I finance my programme at ESSEC?

By joining ESSEC Business School, you are entering a world valuing openness, leadership, diversity and social responsibility.

You can finance your studies at ESSEC using personal funding, company funding, interest-free loans, French public financing options for executive programs (CPF, Plan-formation, Fongecif, etc).

ESSEC also offers  a new array of scholarships designed to lead high potential, senior executives and leaders toward the next step of their professional journey:

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. High Potentials
  3. Emerging markets
  4. Future Women Leaders
  5. Diversity & International Experience
  6. New Business Trends
  7. Small businesses

What career support does ESSEC offer their students and participants?

The ESSEC Global MBA’s Talent Center offers personalised support enabling participants enrolled in the program to network, define and build their next professional step.

The teams continuously work towards building partnerships with major companies and institutions in the corporate world, leveraging the ESSEC Alumni network in the Industry to help students achieve their career goals.

What does the ESSEC Alumni Network look like?

ESSEC Alumni network boasts 62 000 graduates with diverse profiles dispersed in all corners of the world. With unique personalities, they share a common goal, to achieve their career objectives.

Upon your acceptance into ESSEC, you become a member of the ESSEC Alumni, of which you will remain forever. ESSEC is the first French Business School with such a wide global reach set in place.

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.


In 1997 ESSEC became the first business school outside of North America to be accredited by the prestigious AACSB governing body


ESSEC’s motto is ‘The Pioneering Spirit’ – and with good reason. Its innovations include à la carte programs, student forums and being the first major business school to create an equal opportunities initiative


The Global MBA program here was ranked as #30 in the world by QS in 2019


The school has international partnerships with 182 universities spread across five continents


ESSEC’s business incubator, established in 2000, was the first of its kind in France and has seen more than 400 startups pass through its doors since then