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ESSEC Business School MiM Review: Curriculum, Class Profile & Application

Find out everything you need to know about the ESSEC Business School Master in Management, including details on the ESSEC MiM application process, curriculum, and careers after graduation

Thu Dec 9 2021

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One of three top business schools located within the bustling streets of Paris, ESSEC Business School is among France’s prestigious Grandes Ecoles. 

The school offers a Master in Management (MiM) degree ranked among the top 10 in the world by the Financial Times. The unique, two-year program is taught across ESSEC’s campuses in Singapore, France, and Morrocco and offers a range of international and professional opportunities. 

It’s a broad, customizable MiM degree, giving students the flexibility to chart their own course and tailor their program towards their chosen profession. 

Upon leaving the program, ESSEC Master in Management graduates land roles with some of the world’s largest companies and spread across a range of industries, from finance to luxury.

Here’s everything you need to know about the ESSEC MiM, including subjects the curriculum teaches, your potential career prospects, and details of the application process. 


ESSEC MiM | Who is it for?

The ESSEC Master in Management has an intense focus on personalization. This gives the program wide appeal and the school targets students with a broad range of backgrounds, skill sets, and career ambitions. 

Some students may come in without a career plan, others may have an idea of an area they’d like to specialize in, and some students may prefer to figure it out through practical learning, explains Felix Papier, dean of pre-experience programs at ESSEC including the MiM. 

“It caters to different types of learners,” he adds. 

This wide appeal makes for a diverse cohort, the ESSEC MiM comprises 48% female students and 41% hail from international backgrounds. 


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ESSEC MiM | Curriculum

The ESSEC MiM combines a core generalist curriculum with ample opportunity for students to customize their experience. 

The curriculum features 10 core management modules, giving students a fundamental understanding of business. These cover subjects like Financial Accounting and Reporting, Marketing Management, Business Economics, and Strategy and Management. 

Beyond the core element, more than 60% of the program is customizable. The personalized approach begins immediately, when students choose either the Paris or Singapore campus to start their studies. 

Across both campuses, students can choose from 200 elective modules and 47 specializations, with availability depending on the campus. Each student must complete at least 25 modules during the program.

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The personalized approach means students can specialize in typical business areas like management, consulting, finance, and entrepreneurship; alongside more specialized subjects like health, sport, and data operations. 

“The idea is that students think about what they want to achieve, and then design their program as a consequence,” explains Felix (pictured)

Teaching is delivered through a combination of theoretical and practical classes, with a large emphasis on giving students hands-on experience. 

For students who start at the Singapore campus, this begins during the first week, when they take on a practical consulting experience, involving working alongside leading companies and nonprofits in Asia, as well as launching an entrepreneurial venture. 

“You work in teams with other colleagues and it’s really useful to do this,” says ESSEC MiM student Giorgio Crisci. “From a learning perspective it’s very challenging because you have only just joined, but it’s really stimulating,” he adds. 


ESSEC MiM | Career opportunities

Career opportunities are a hugely important part of ESSEC's Master in Management—to graduate you must complete 12-months of professional experience and spend six-months abroad. 

Extended periods of the program are set aside to allow students to embark on professional experiences. These range from internships to apprenticeships and even volunteering. 

There’s also the opportunity to undertake an exchange with one of the school’s 105 partner universities. This includes partnerships with SDA Bocconi School of Management in Italy, Hong Kong’s HKUST Business School, and London Business School in the UK. 

Giorgio (pictured) has used the various opportunities on offer to pack his degree full of diverse experiences. By the time he graduates in 2022, he will have studied and worked in five countries, including Luxembourg, and the US; and secured internships with the likes of Amazon and L’Oreal. 

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“You can have a lot of different experiences that are useful for you to know a bit more about where you want to go and what you want to do after you start work,” he says. 

Giorgio is currently on a consulting internship at Roland Berger in Dubai. He says the flexibility of the program and the various experiences available helped him choose strategic consulting as a career path. 

“I think it’s really a plus because you will attend to what you want to push later on in your career,” he says. 

Giorgio is one of many students who embark on exciting career paths both during and after ESSEC's Master in Management. 

As many as 95% of students secure employment within three months of graduation, increasing their salaries from their pre MiM earnings by 69% on average. After three years, the average salary of ESSEC MiM graduates is over $100k. 


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ESSEC MiM | How can you apply?

Accessing the countless benefits the ESSEC MiM offers does come at a price: the program’s tuition stands at €43,200 ($48,400) for applicants outside of the EU, while EU and UK citizens pay €37,200 ($41,700). There are only a handful of more expensive MiM degrees worldwide.

Applying for the ESSEC MiM follows the typical application process, requiring you to provide academic transcripts, personal essays, GMAT or GRE scores, and language test results. 

But successful applicants need to show that they’re more than their test results and GPA.  “We try to find students who take the initiative and who want to create new things,” says Felix. 

“The capacity to work in a team, the capacity to motivate others to carry a project forward; soft skills like that are also really important,” he adds. 

He stresses that students should take every opportunity during the interview, essay, and recommendation letter stages of the process to show they have what ESSEC is looking for.


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The range of opportunities on offer at ESSEC speak for themselves, you’ll be hard pushed to find a MiM degree offering a more diverse array of experiences. 

This does make for an above-average program length. The ESSEC MiM stretches to two years or even longer in some cases, depending on how you customize your program. If you’re looking to develop your skills and knowledge quickly before entering the workplace, this may not be the program for you. 

It’s also less affordable than other top MiM programs, but the top professional experiences on offer mean you’re likely to earn a competitive salary and see an immediate return on your investment after graduation.

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Student Reviews

ESSEC Business School

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5/12/2023

On Campus

The best intercultural university

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Great college

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Blended

Good school in France

I am currently enrolled in M2 in Essec business school. I am specialising in marketing management. The Grande Ecole programme is valued in France and my school ranks very high up. There are a lot of opportunities for internships and CDD.

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9/02/2020

The program curriculum

BBA program. The program is really practical and useful, provide us many international opportunities. Like internship and humanitarian experience, and the flexibility is also really cool, we can choose different campus and tracks as we want.

Véronique

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11/12/2019

International Course

This school is very international and business oriented. Highly recognized by the companies The campus has been renovated and is very functional and modern from now on. Excellent atmosphere. Reputation of essec is a plus

kevin

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11/11/2019

Friends, Career opportunities.

The program I did gave me the opportunity to start in Singapore. I got the chance to know all the students that started there and we bonded and made some friends for life. The career opportunities that ESSEC also gave me were unbelievable.

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25/09/2019

Practical and useful

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Amazing experience! Must try

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Ali

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28/05/2024

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GBBA: Diverse, Enriching, and Career-Boosting

My experience at ESSEC Business School has been outstanding. The Global BBA program offers a rich academic curriculum and diverse learning opportunities. I appreciated the chance to study on different campuses, including an international exchange, which broadened my perspective. The social environment is culturally diverse and vibrant, enhancing both my personal and professional growth. The administration is attentive, constantly offering new academic and student life opportunities. The campus facilities and classrooms are excellent. I highly recommend ESSEC for its excellence, global exposure, and career opportunities.

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