MBA (Master of Business Administration)

Practical information

Program duration
One academic year on campus followed by a final management project.

Entry requirements
Bachelor or Licence-level undergraduate degree - At least three years of full-time work experience – Fluency in English

Degree level
Master (120 ECTS credits). (French: Manager International - RNCP : Titre de Niveau 1)

Full program fees
€ 31,450 in Grenoble (see overseas campus pages for local fees)

Important dates
Jan. 09 2017 - Berlin Intake
Apr. 01 2017 - Tbilisi intake
Apr. 08 2017 - Moscow intake
Sep. 12 2017 - Grenoble Intake

Teaching location
Grenoble Campus | Tbilisi Campus | Moscow Campus | Berlin Campus

Full time MBA : Grenoble Campus | Berlin Campus
Part time MBA : Tbilisi Campus | Moscow Campus

MBA in BerlinMBA in Moscow | MBA in Tbilisi

Objectives

  • To provide a high-quality international management program.
  • To accompany the personal and professional development of program participants.
  • To create a group of dynamic learners with a diversity of professional experience and of cultural origins.

In the Rankings

What are the key strengths of this program?

The MBA offers a 500 hour general management program in a triple-accredited International Business School. 
The Grenoble Graduate School of Business MBA is highly applied in content, delivered by a team that brings together academic specialists together with managers and consultants from a wide range of sectors.

Program Delivery: Full-time Structure

The course modules are taught over one academic year from September to the end of June.
The class sessions take place on a regular basis from Monday to Friday. Upon successful completion of these modules, participants will begin their Final Management Project. Students normally work part- or full-time during this phase. The choice of location for the project is entirely the student's own.

Foreign Language classes: the Full-Time delivery includes optional foreign language, with a focus on French. 

 

Program

Phase 1 Core courses

The program is a balanced and challenging one, equipping participants with numerical and analytical skills, communication and interpersonal skills, plus insights into current managerial issues in geopolitics, macroeconomics and governance. Through regular group work on cases and individual assignments on management dilemmas, students will develop their expertise in budgetary and financial management as well as in people management. Strategic analysis and Negotiations skills are developed through face-to-face team negotiations to resolve authentic and complex cases.

Personal Development Week in Grenoble each year

Students from each campus are invited to attend this week together, enabling students from 4 centers to network and to attend seminars and conferences together on key management questions. Topics covered typically include Conflict Resolution, Interview Techniques, Radical Career Change, Salary Negotiations, and Effective Leadership.

Global Management Challenge

The Global Management Challenge simulation is one of the highlights of the core courses. Small teams of MBA students will compete in a complex management simulation against leading business and engineering schools, firstly in France followed by international play-offs in the final rounds. The decision-making is intense and the experience is a roller-coaster ride of changing share price, volatile business environments, and exchanges - often heated! - with fellow team members.

In 2017 all full-time Grenoble students will visit Barcelona, Spain for the International Human Resources module.

Phase 2 Specializations

From a menu of up to 8 alternative choices, students can personalize their MBA program for 20% of their total class sessions. The content is focused on professional management activity, such as Management Consulting, or management in a range of functional areas. For many participants, the specialization choice will also determine the focus of the Final Management Project: for example, choosing a Finance elective can lead directly to a project in the area of Finance.

Phase 3 Final Management Project

During this phase, program participants are free to locate to anywhere in the world and to complete their projects while pursuing professional activity. The Project is an opportunity that different students use in different ways. A Full-Time student may use the project to demonstrate value and capabilities to a potential employer. For some students, ideas for entrepreneurial ventures can be assessed before the start-up is launched.

CNCP Recognition

Students graduating from the MBA also receive a certificate conferring on them the title of Manager International. This title, recognized by the Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle – part of the  French Ministry of Labor - attests to the acquisition of international management skills and knowledge necessary for future managers in an international context. The Manager International label is certified with Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles at Level 1, the highest level.

Overview of the course content

Program Introduction, Teambuilding & Leadership. 2-4 days

    Core modules ( 30h each )

    Choice of one specialization (elective)

    Faculty

    Classes are taught by GGSB faculty, visiting professors from top universities worldwide, and top business professionals. Most of the permanent faculty is engaged in applied research. Their teaching links theory to practice through authentic business cases.
    Their diverse cultural and international background gives a strong international dimension to the program

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    Careers

    Top Employers of our MBA Graduates

    • Accenture
    • Alstom
    • Bosch
    • Danone
    • Decathlon
    • Delphi Automotive Systems
    • Deutsche Bank
    • EADS
    • Ernst & Young
    • Hewlett-Packard
    • IBM
    • ING
    • KPMG
    • L’Oréal
    • Nokia
    • Philips
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Procter & Gamble
    • Radisson Hotels & Resorts
    • Schneider Electric
    • Siemens
    • STMicroelectronics

    Fast Facts

    • 75% of graduates find a job within 2 months after graduation
    • 98% of graduates express high job satisfaction
    • 87% of graduates work internationally
    • 67% manage a team

    Testimonials

    Georges Al Mouakar

    I chose GEM's MBA program mainly because of its top ranking in Europe and in the World and due to its great reputation in the Middle East (I come from the Land of the Cedars, Lebanon). After reading more about the school and the program, I realized that it fitted in perfectly with my career aims because the program is not only theoretical, but also highly applied in content, with professors/consultants coming from a wide range of industries and students coming from all over the world.

    After finishing my MBA, I took the role of Lead Product Manager in the biggest digital industrial company of the world, General Electric.

    Today, I work in the Healthcare division of GE, based in Paris, and manage a wide range of Radiology IT products all over Europe, Middle East and Africa. Coming from a technical background (previously electrical engineer), the MBA program has given me an extensive assortment of skills ranging from finance and economics, to negotiations, innovation management and intercultural management in order to get the job and excel in my current responsibilities.

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    Admission

    MBA candidates are experienced professionals from diverse sectors who display a high level of maturity and intellectual curiosity. Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills, and should be open to cultural diversity. Special attention will be paid to a candidate's motivation for an international career.

     
    Entry requirements:

    • A Bachelor-level, undergraduate degree in any subject
    • At least three years of significant full-time work experience
    • Fluency in English - see test requirements below
    • GMAT may be required on a case-by-case basis. You will be notified after the Admissions Board meets if you are required to take the GMAT. Target score is 550 with a minimum of 70% in the quantitative section (GMAT institution code 0365). Students who score over 650 can apply for the GGSB GMAT Merit Scholarship. Details are below.

    Application

    Apply here

    To apply for this program candidates must complete the online application and include scanned copies of all original supporting documents. All documents must be in English, or be submitted with a certified English translation if written in another language.

    • CV/Résumé
    • 3 short essays
    • 2 references (professional or academic)  family members or friends are not acceptable as referees
    • Scan of passport
    • Internationally recognized passport picture
    • Fluency in English (TOEFL, PTE, IELTS or CPE):
      • TOEFL: computer-based: 240 / IBT: 94 (minimum score of 22 in each band). (Institutional/ITP TOEFL not accepted.) TOEFL Institution code: 8973.
      • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all areas (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
      • Cambridge Proficiency Exam : A,B,C
      • Pearson Test of English (PTE) with a minimum of 63.
      • TOEIC is not  accepted.
    • Please note GMAT and English test scores must be communicated to GGSB by the beginning of July for September programs and by the beginning of November for January programs
    • Official copy of latest degree or diploma
    • University transcripts: front/back with grading scale

    Please note that for your initial application we ask only for copies of documents. If you are accepted to a program, we will then request the original certificates or certified copies. These may be either sent by post or brought in person when you begin the program. This request will be made in your acceptance letter.

    To ensure Grenoble Ecole de Management is the right fit for you, you may be asked to participate in an interview. You will be notified if an interview is necessary after the Admission Board meets.

    Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult rolling admissions deadlines.

    Note: All academic qualifications, including those earned at Grenoble Ecole de Management , are recognized at the discretion of each country or university. Students seeking admission to a further course of study or who wish to work in another country after their Grenoble Ecole de Management program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority. Before starting a GEM program, students who know that they want to work or study in another country or university are advised to verify whether their intended GEM degree will be recognized.

    FULL PROGRAM FEES

    Fees to be paid by student 31,450 € for 2 years

    Total fees to be paid by the student: € 31,450.

    Included in fees: flights, accommodation, and local transport for the study trip. All personal expenses during the study trip are to be paid by the student.

    Fees cover the full program tuition, project supervision and access to all Grenoble Ecole de Management facilities. The cost does not include accommodation, meals, or personal expenses.

    An administrative fee of 250€ is charged for student services in Year 1 and a further 250€ for student card renewal in Year 2.

    Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before the start of the program.

    Policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

    Please refer to our partner campus websites for the fees for programs offered at our off-site locations.

    Note: MBA students are not eligible for CROUS scholarships

    Eligible students may use their education benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the MBA program.

     

    Scholarships

     

    The GMAT Merit Scholarship is available for candidates who score 650 or above on the GMAT, with 75% or over on the quantitative portion of the test.

    Terms and Conditions:

    • Grenoble Ecole de Management Scholarships will only be awarded to candidates applying for on-site programs (Grenoble campus) and not for off-site ones.
    • Scholarships will not be reimbursed or maintained in case of deferral, withdrawal, or incomplete enrolment.
    • To apply for a Grenoble Ecole de Management Scholarship, the candidate must have already submitted a complete application.

    Policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

    Scholarships

    The following Scholarships are available for the full-time track of this program in Grenoble:

    • Outstanding Professional Women
      For female candidates with a career path that has made a difference.
      Include a detailed CV
      Include a short statement outlining your career progression
    • Outstanding Academic Excellence
      For candidates that have excelled academically by either obtaining a score of 650 or over in the GMAT test or an average GPA in their Bachelors of 75% or over.
      Include GMAT Score / Final GPA
    • Cultural Diversity Scholarship
      For candidates in a number of pre-determined countries with an international background having lived and worked in various countries and experienced the challenges and benefits of cultural diversity. 
    • Middle Eastern MBA Excellency Scholarship
      For Middle-Eastern candidates showing exemplary motivation and outstanding academic performance.  
    • Applicants for all MBA Scholarships are required to complete a Personal Statement (maximum 1000 words) explaining their interpretation of the GGSB Scholarship mission, their determination to complete the program and the positive contribution they believe the MBA will make to their future career and the community in they live in.

    Terms and Conditions:

    • Grenoble Ecole de Management Scholarships will only be awarded to candidates applying for on-site programs (Grenoble campus) and not for off-site ones.
    • Scholarships will not be reimbursed or maintained in case of deferral, withdrawal, or incomplete enrolment.
    • To apply for a Grenoble Ecole de Management Scholarship, the candidate must have submitted a complete application.

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    • 17 Oct Grenoble Ecole de Management’s part-time MBA is ranked in the Financial Times 2016 Executive MBA ranking, published on Monday 16, October. The Grenoble program gained 20 positions . It is performing  the highest  progression in this year’s ranking.

      A jump of 20 places in the FT Emba world ranking 2016

      Grenoble Ecole de Management’s part-time MBA is ranked in the Financial Times 2016 Executive MBA ranking, published on Monday 16, October. The Grenoble program gained 20 positions . It is performing the highest progression in this year’s ranking.

    • 25 Jan

      MBA enters the Financial Times top 100 Global MBA ranking

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    • 06 Mar

      MBA ranked 1st in France and 10th in Europe for graduate employment

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    • 02 Feb

      MBA ranked 1st in the 2015 International Trade Monitor

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