We don’t create consultants.” That, says French school ESSEC, sets them apart from many of the MBAs out there, which are sometimes seen as a conveyor belt to that profession. Instead, this 12-month full-time Global MBA program is designed to take a select band of 50 students a year — which is 94% international, and 60% of whom are women — and works hard to find jobs that suit their particular sets of skills and temperaments. Many find their post-program positions via ESSEC’s alumni network, which is more involved with MBA students than is the case at many schools.
An MBA at ESSEC — which ranked 44th on Poets&Quants’ ranking of non-U.S. schools, and 81st on The Financial Times’ 2021 MBA ranking list, (though an eye-catching 22nd for value for money) — has a different feel than many. Taking truly passionate individuals to the next level, the ESSEC Global MBA (GMBA) believes that leaders require unprecedented mental, behavioral, and strategic agility. It believes that managers must think critically, be curious, innovative, and adaptive. The program provides academic excellence to develop more robust global perspectives and networks for its participants. This one-year program offers two majors — Luxury Brand Management and Strategy & Digital Leadership. Each anchored in sustainability and digital transformation. Core courses include those in strategic management, economics and sustainable finance, whereas track-specific courses go deeper into their respective fields. SDL features courses in strategic consulting, big data and AI for business and digital marketing for example, whereas the LBM track offers classes in digital transformation of luxury, sustainable luxury and managing luxury sectors. Beyond the classroom, participants will embark on business and virtual trips to key markets across the globe. These trips combine a unique blend of cultural and professional activities that participants explore how business is conducted worldwide.
This international reach also extends to participants; career interests. ESSEC’s Talent Center fosters solid relationships to offer participants career services tailored to their goals. Being a boutique program, the ESSEC GMBA can address every participant as an individual. The program attracts passionate participants, and they come from different backgrounds and industries, so our output is as diverse as our input. It is a winning formula for authentically global success.
Sofia Ramos, Academic Director, ESSEC Global MBA
Kentia Boulay, Program Director, ESSEC Global MBA
Delphine Dion, Academic Coordinator for the Luxury Brand Management Major