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ESSEC Business School


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Contact Information

3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch,
CS 50105 Cergy 95021
Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France
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School Data

Annual Tuition: €49,500

Full-Time Enrollment: 12

International: 97%

Average Age: 30

Female: 60%

Male: 40%

Application Deadlines: Round 1 - February 20, 2022* | Round 2 - March 20, 2022 | Round 3 - April 24, 2022 | Round 4 - May 22, 2022 | Round 5 - June 12, 2022 | *Early Bird offer: 5,000 € | Who is eligible? All candidates applying before the indicated deadlines (*), with all documents required (tests) and saving their seat with a 5,000 non-refundable deposit made within 2 weeks after receiving their acceptance letter.

The historic ESSEC campus in France is home to the ESSEC MBA program, ideal for those who want to learn industry-specific skills to help them successfully switch into consulting, tech, or luxury.

The program is taught in English near Paris’s bustling business district, with the option to study at the Singapore campus during the third term. ESSEC MBAs can have a unique euro-asia experience in a city known as a world leader in healthcare research, innovation and fintech. The Singapore campus is awarded the Green Mark Platinum Award by the Building and Construction Authority in Singapore.

The average age in the ESSEC MBA is 30 years old, with 6-7 years of work experience. During the 12-month full-time program, students can choose one of two majors – either Luxury Brand Management, taught in France, or Strategy & Digital Leadership, taught in both France and Singapore. Curriculum is taught by more than 160 individuals representing 36 nationalities.
The notion of sustainability is also integrated into the program through conferences and related courses, sensitizing participants to the importance of social responsibility in the face of business.

Just three days into the program, MBAs embark on a three-day field trip together with varying locations. During this time, alongside their cohort, MBAs will tackle relevant sustainability challenges through case studies that acclimate them to teaching techniques and leadership challenges. Over the course of the year, MBAs can expect to gain a solid foundation in core business concepts in a multicultural environment while sharpening their hard and soft skills.

In the second term, ESSEC MBAs embark on a week-long field trip, the location of which changes year to year. Past cohorts have gone to China, South Africa, Russia, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Italy. MBAs experience a mix of cultural and professional activities designed to explore how business is conducted in different countries. What comes out of this is an industry-focused research project, visiting companies, and meeting local ESSEC alumni. Past trips have been made to China, South Africa, Russia, Hong Kong, Dubai, Italy

The final endeavors of the MBA are the capstone consulting field project, which depending on the major, could take the form of a case competition or consulting project in collaboration with sponsoring companies. The other is the ESSEC Digital Week Competition, where MBAs work on a challenge on a consulting project in mixed teams and present a solution at the end of the week in front of a panel of company representatives.

Aside from the support ESSEC MBAs receive from their peers, they’re paired up with and supported by a mentor throughout the year – an experienced executive in their industry of interest.