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ESSEC Business School

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Admission Deadlines:

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

Rankings Analysis:

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
Asia: 38%
Europe: 32%
Africa/Middle East: 19%
North America: 5%
South America: 5%

Contact Information

1 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
BP 50105
Cargy, France 95021
Admissions Office:
+33 1 34 43 37 14
School Social Media:

FROM ESSEC Business School:

In this ever-changing world, where business is becoming more global, ready-made solutions no longer work. ESSEC Business School, one of the top business schools in Europe, offers a comprehensive range of programs, including general and specialized MBAs, designed to develop participants’ management skills in a critical and creative way and to prepare managers who can adapt to these changes and invent new ways of doing business.

The ESSEC community is comprised of students from over 90 nationalities, an outstanding permanent faculty that is 44% international and a vast network of 42,000 active alumni. Consistently recognized for our superior academic training, the Financial Times ranks ESSEC as:

#2 worldwide Advanced Master in Financial Techniques

#5 Top Business School for Entrepreneurship

#8 worldwide Executive Education program

#8 worldwide Master of Science in Management

Global MBA

The Global MBA is a highly selective program for exceptional individuals who want to fast track their career in an international environment. The 12-month, post-experience MBA provides a unique ombination of core courses and seminars, interaction with cutting-edge businesses, and experiential learning.  The program’s emphasis on emerging markets extends beyond academics and includes significant experience abroad: a study term in Singapore, a field trip to an emerging market, and the intensive International Immersion Project, which gives students hands-on practice and exposure to doing business in emerging markets. This distinctive program provides participants with critical business knowledge and experiences that give them a competitive advantage.

MBA in Hospitality Management (IMHI)

With 30 years of experience in hospitality management, ESSEC offers a world renowned MBA in Hospitality Management that can be completed in one or two years. Taught by the industry’s most cutting-edge professionals and professors, the program prepares future managers for high-level, operational responsibilities in all tourism and hospitality sectors.  The program’s key strengths include:

•                  A multicultural student body (over 25 nationalities)

•                  Partnerships with leading industry companies

•                  A strong alumni network worldwide

MBA in International Luxury Brand Management

The MBA in International Luxury Brand Management is the world’s leading program training luxury industry managers. With courses offered in and near Paris, the capital of luxury, participants acquire true expertise in the sector as well as contact with leading luxury brands and institutions with which the program has established strong partnerships. Additionally the LVMH Chair, an academic and research track in luxury brand management, offers participants coursework combining high-level theoretical knowledge with practical information on the luxury field’s special characteristics.

ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA

The Executive MBA program is a joint collaboration between ESSEC Business School and Mannheim Business School.  The flexible program offers world-class teaching, international exposure and a holistic, teamwork-focused approach to executive education for high-level executives wishing to advance in their careers. The program, offered in a weekend or modular format, provides senior executives with globally applicable business know-how that helps them successfully meet today’s business challenges. The program also has two residencies, one in Asia and one in the U.S.

Student focus: Johan Glasser, France, Global MBA

Johan’s professional background took him from his engineering studies at France’s renowned Ecole des Mines and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausées to Africa. He spent seven years in Gabon working in water treatment, traveling to other French-speaking West African countries and gaining invaluable experience in these emerging markets. He chose the Global MBA in order to supplement his engineering expertise with the business fundamentals he needed to boost his career to the next level. ESSEC was an obvious choice for Johan, as the Global MBA’s curriculum and structure is focused on emerging markets and the new frontiers of business. Johan’s International Immersion Project took him back to Africa, this time to Egypt, where he worked with a team on a microcredit bureau consulting project with the nonprofit PlaNet Finance. Post-MBA, he plans to move into a consulting role in the field of water and energy, tying together his rich educational and professional experience to build a new international career. Johan says, “The international immersion experiences we acquired through the Global MBA have been a chance to turn our knowledge into practice, moving from the classroom to the real world and bringing the strength and competencies of our multicultural team to the field.”

Global MBA Information

Start Dates:

Program Duration:
12 months

Tuition Fee:
EURO (€) 45000 / Total Program Cost

Entry Requirements:

Min. GMAT Score : 600
Min. IELTS : 7.5
Min. Years of Work Experience: 4

Application Fee : EURO (€) 0

Executive MBA Information

Start Dates:

Program Duration :
18 months

Tuition Fee :
EURO (€) 45,000 / Total Program Cost

Entry Requirements:
Min. Years of Work Experience: 8


Sarah Meskell
Recruitment Manager, Global MBA

ESSEC Business School
1 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
BP 50105
Cergy, France

Tel: +33 1 34 43 37 14
Fax: +33 1 34 43 36 35
Email: meskell@essec.fr