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About the ESSEC Global MBA

ESSEC’s teaching method is focused upon 4 main goals: the ability to manage process through theoretical knowledge and practical experience, face complex business situations, rise to leadership thanks to authenticity and communication skills and finally develop abilities to integrate social and cultural issues in business.


Course content

The Global MBA consists of 14 mandatory courses, Personal development training, Chairs and Institutes (Seminars) & the choice of 17 electives.


The 12 month global MBA course runs September to September (view timetable) followed by an optional internship of up to 6 months.

Exchange programs

ESSEC Business School has more than 90 MBA exchange programs with several universities all over the world, enlarging participants' experience to the global business environment. The Global MBA has set up a credit exchange program with partner institutions such as Mannheim Business School, Rotman, and Keio Business School.

Tours & IIP

International Immersian Program, or IIP, is a 4-to-6 week period of mentor-led experiential learning off-campus. The experience enables participants to grasp key ideas in managerial practice through a field-based applied management project and dynamic, ‘active-learning’ exercises. The International Immersion Program takes place outside a classroom or lecture environment in emerging countries in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

During the course of the program, and in addition to the IIP, participants have the option to take part in two study tours in Eastern Europe and Singapore and field projects in emerging countries.

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About ESSEC Business School

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 Peter O'Connor
"The Global MBA sets itself apart from other MBA programs through it's unique combination of knowledge- centered courses and seminars with experiential learning to continuously challenge, test and develop participants' critical thinking ability and creativity"
Peter O'Connor, Dean of Academic Programs at ESSEC

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Since 1907, ESSEC Business School has been developing a unique learning model based upon its strong identity and core values: innovation, open-mindedness, responsibility and excellence. The ESSEC mission is to educate responsible leaders for tomorrow’s world. Its comprehensive range of programs - covering undergraduate, graduate and executive education -reflects ESSEC’s tailor made approach, and is designed to train entrepreneurs and managers who are ambitious, economically aware and socially responsible.

ESSEC’s dynamic research activity (over 900 academic articles and publications in the last 5 years) and its 19 research and teaching chairs that bring together professors and companies, generate a wealth of knowledge and management theory that is continuously contributing to the improvement of organizational performance for the 21st century.

Today, the ESSEC community represents over 90 nationalities, 4,400 students, 5,000 managers in executive education and 141 permanent faculty members, located on 3 campuses in Cergy- Pontoise, Paris La Défense and Singapore. Its immense network of 42,000 active graduates extends across 55 countries around the globe. Faced with the ever-changing challenges of globalization, ESSEC’s strategy to develop its resources, global presence and partnership network is the pursuit of an ambitious goal: to be ranked amongst the 20 most influential business schools in the world and to position itself as a leading educational institution in Asia.

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  • ESSEC Business School has 42,000 alumni around the world
  • ESSEC Business School has 90 nationalities represented across the 3 campuses
  • Cergy-Pontoise, one of the ESSEC campuses, is based in the northern suburbs of Paris
  • Over 80 cultural, professional, social and athletic associations exist at ESSEC