Round I: October 31, 2012
Round II: January 31, 2013
Round III: March 31, 2013
Round IV: May 31, 2013
In common with most European MBA programs, ESSEC’s Global MBA program is an intensive, 12-month experience that covers business fundamentals and then offers up a choice of electives in finance, marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship.
This relatively new MBA program (launched in September of 2011 with a class of 24 students representing 12 different nationalities) is among the smallest and most intimate in Europe. ESSEC admits not much more than 40 students a year, plus exchange students from ESSEC’s partner schools throughout the year. The school requires a minimum of four years of work experience, with at least two in a managerial role.
Despite the one-year length of the program, students spend a term in Singapore, a week in Eastern Europe or any other emerging market, and a month immersed in a project internationally. The first class ventured all over the world, working on projects in Egypt, Venezuela, Uruguay, the Philippines, South Africa, and India.
MBA students are also given the opportunity to participate in exchange programs with such institutions as Cornell, Chingua, and IIM Ahmedabad in India.
The school smartly leverages its corporate connections, bringing in executives from many international companies for case study competitions, speakers, partnerships for its entrepreneurial and incubator programs, as well as sponsorship for immersion and consulting projects. It’s an impressive roster of companies who have participated in these programs: Accenture, Cap Gemini, LVMH, Google, Apple, GE, Boston Consulting Group, PlaNet Finance, and Total, among others.
Despite the newness of the Global MBA program, ESSEC has been a major player in business education for years, with 42,000 alumni mainly from executive education programs and 141 permanent faculty members. The school is located on a trio of campuses in CergyPontoise, Paris La Défense and Singapore.
Lastest Up-to-Date Rankings:
Poets&Quants (2011): NR
BusinessWeek (2010): NR
Forbes (2011): NR
U.S. News & World Report (2011): NR
Financial Times (2011): 10th European Business School Ranking
The Economist (2011): NR
The Financial Times ranked ESSEC as the tenth best European school in 2011, largely on the basis of its executive education programs, its Executive MBA and its Master’s of Science in Management. The Global MBA program hasn’t yet been ranked due to its relative newness, which also explains why few of the other most influential ranking organizations have ESSEC on its radar screens.
Tuition: $56,264 (€45,000)
Median GMAT: “Competitive”
Average GPA: NA
Acceptance Rate: NA
Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 40
Africa/Middle East: 19%
North America: 5%
South America: 5%