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Grande Ecole Program (Master in Management)

Program duration
2 years, with optional internship gap year
Degree level
Diplôme de l’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Grenoble - Etudes Supérieures en Management (DESMA). Master’s degree recognized by the French government – Grade de Master (RNCP level 1, visé par l’Etat)
Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English. Strong quantitative skills.
Full program fees
€ 14,100 (Year 1), € 12,990 (Year 2), Optional gap year: € 820
Teaching location
12 rue Pierre Sémard 38000 Grenoble

Please note that the information below applies only to international students. French nationals must take the “Concours” in order to join the Grande Ecole Program (English, French or any other track).

Admissions for 2020 intake will be open from mid-September 2019.

By joining the Grande Ecole Program, you will take part in a unique experience, preparing you to be a leader, entrepreneur and a socially engaged citizen ready to innovate and manage complex challenges.

The Master in Management (Grande Ecole Program):

  • is internationally recognized through the most prestigious higher education Quality Assurance bodies, AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS.
  • is ranked in the top 6 Grande Ecole programs in France
  • provides employers worldwide with graduates equipped with advanced knowledge and skills that make them highly sought after
  • has the Higher Education and Research French Ministry Visa as a Grade de Master (BAC + 5 - students earn 120 ECTS in 2 years)
  • is recognized by the RNCP*, an agency of the French Ministry of Labor (*Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles)

Why Choose the Master in Management / Grande Ecole program?

  • Tailor the program to your needs with a wide range of elective classes
  • Study in a truly multicultural environment with students from over 30 nationalities
  • Double degrees options in France and abroad
  • Exchange opportunities with more than 120 partner Universities all over the world
  • Multilingual tracks
  • Focus on international aspects of business and management
  • Internship opportunity from 26 to 52 weeks (26 weeks of internship is required to validate the degree)

Two-year master program taught in English. No prior knowledge of French is required to attend the program. Students are required to study a second language.

Year 1 (English track)*: Consolidating Business Essentials

You will join the second year of the French Grande Ecole program, which would be the first academic year for you.

During the first year of the program, you will expand your understanding of general management principles while mastering your expertise in key areas with a large choice of specializations.

Highlights of the 1st Year

  • Participate in student associations: A rich environment in which to gain professional skills
  • Collaborate in projects at GEM’s Startup Incubator (IncubaGEM)
  • Plan your academic path for next year: go for a classic exchange program, do a double degree in France, abroad, join a transcontinental track, or continue specialized courses at GEM.
  • Follow an intensive two-week course in the fundamentals of business to enhance your knowledge of management subjects.
  • Take part in Innovation week - a project-based learning experience, built around a real or hypothetical business innovation project with a company. The completed project will be assessed both by professors of innovation and by practicing innovation professionals and consultants.
  • Core Courses:

    • Behaviors at work & Psychosocial Risks
    • Business Law
    • Corporate Finance
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems
    • Operations & Supply Chain Management
    • Strategic Management
    • Innovation week
    • Foreign language (French, Spanish, German), etc.

    Elective Courses:

    • Advanced Finance
    • Art, Culture and Representation : Reflections of Self and Society
    • Calling BS in the Age of Big Data : Thinking critically in a Post-truth world
    • Cash Management and Bank Relations
    • Customer Integration in New Product Development
    • Design Thinking for Managers
    • Ecological Economics
    • Entering Entrepreneurship: Creating New Venture
    • EU: Political Economy and Business Environment
    • Exploring Entrepreneurial
    • Opportunities in Sustainability & Social Inequalities
    • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization
    • International Human Resource Management
    • Internationalizing Firms / international Strategy
    • Lean – Quality – Process
    • Legal Aspects of New Technologies Management
    • Management Control System
    • Managing Cultural Diversity
    • Resourceful Management
    • Startup & Entrepreneurship Consulting
    • The "Business" of NGOs and the Rise of Social Enterprises
    • The Business ok Knowledge : Managing Science and Scientists
    • The Science of attention & Influence in Marketing
    • The Sports of Management
    • Foreign language (French, Spanish, German), etc.
    * Program content is subject to change

  • Master in International Business (MIB) program: focusing on international management and intercultural environments.
    Conditions:
    • Additional selection process
    • Limited places available
    • To earn this degree (in addition to the GEM/DESMA), students must write a dissertation during their second year (or during an internship gap year in a company).
    • Additional fees may apply according to GEM policy

Internship Gap Year (optional)

Students can take an optional* internship gap year between their first and second years in order to work full-time at a company. This will enable them to progress in their career plan while earning valuable professional experience. To validate this year, they must carry out a 13 to 26 week internship at the same organization in France or abroad. This option is obligatory for students choosing to do a double degree during their second year of studies.
* Additional administrative fees may apply.

Year 2 (English track)*: Preparing for the Future

During the second year, you will continue to master your specialization and can choose an option that may include a double degree, exchange or a specific field of expertise.

  • Core Courses:

    • Advanced Decision Techniques
    • Corporate Governance
    • Geopolitics
    • Global Marketing and Strategy
    • Leadership and Responsible Management
    • Preparation for the Final Management Oral examination
    • Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    • Foreign language (French, Spanish, German), etc.

    Elective Courses:

    • Business Ethics
    • Managing Cultural Diversity
    • Advanced Marketing Research
    • Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics in the Global Economy
    • Introduction to Derivatives
    • Modernity and Beyond: Key Ideas in Contemporary Social Theory
    • Strategy in the biopharmaceutical Industry
    • Western Intellectual Heritage
    • Cash Management and Bank Relations
    • Critical perspectives on contemporary leadership & followership
    • Digital Marketing
    • Ecological Economics
    • Energy Management & Strategy
    • EU: Political Economy & Business
    • International Business Law
    • International Finance
    • Internationalizing the SME
    • International Strategy
    • International Sales Management
    • Social Marketing
    • Foreign language (French, Spanish, German), etc.
    * Program content is subject to change

Available Options for Year 2

Full information about options below including admissions criteria will be provided during the allocation week, which takes place in October of the first year.

  • Canada

    • Telfer School of Management
      Master of Business Administration
    • Université Laval
      Master of Business Administration

    China

    • Sun Yat Sen Business School
      MSc in Corporate Management

    Great Britain

    • Aston Business School
      various majors
    • University of Exeter Business School
      MSc Finance, Msc Marketing or MSc in Tourism

    Germany

    • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
      Master of Science in Management

    Taiwan

    • College of Commerce, National Chengchi University
      Master of Business Administration

    USA

    • Georgia Institute of Technology
      Master of Science in Management

    • Additional selection process apply which may require to take additional language tests, interviews, etc. You will be informed about the selection process during the first year of your studies
    • Students are not allowed to choose a double degree program from the country of their origin (nationality restriction)
    • Allows you to obtain your GEM:DESMA and the diploma of the partner university upon fulfillment of GEM’s and the host institution’s requirements (thesis, professional experience...)
    • Limited places available
    • Additional fees may apply according to national policies
    • Do not include any foreign language teaching
    * Double degrees partnerships abroad are subject to change

  • • Humanitarian Management with Bioforce - Lyon
    • International Relations (with IRIS- Paris)
    • Geo-economics and Strategic Intelligence with IRIS - Paris
    • Defense, Security and Crisis Management with IRIS - Paris
    • Video Game Management Institut de l'Internet et du Multimedia (online)
    • Geopolitics and Perspectives with IRIS - Paris
    • Economic Intelligence with EISTI - Paris
    • Regional Development, Innovations and Marketing (with EM Normandie)
    • Wine Management Burgundy School of Business , etc.

    - Allows you to obtain your DESMA and the diploma of the partner university upon fulfillment of GEM’s and the host institution’s requirements (thesis, professional experience...)
    - Do not include any foreign language teaching
    - Additional selection process apply
    - Limited places available
    - Additional steps might be required to validate double degree
    - Additional fees may apply according to university policy
    * Double degrees partnerships abroad are subject to change

  • One semester of your 2nd year at McGill* (Canada) in order to take classes specialized in international management. Please note that it is GEM English track program taught offsite by GEM professors and local faculty. Your classmates will be mainly GEM students. A few local students may take part in the program (varies with the program).

    The course will give students a unique perspective of the Canadian way to deal with all the challenges and opportunities in global business.

    4 compulsory course modules (30 ECTS credits): Cloud computing Architecture, Digital Media and Search Engine Optimization, Ethical and Human Resource Challenges for a Sustainable Multinational Business, etc. 3 courses are offered by McGill and 1 course is taught by GEM faculty.

    McGill University courses may vary from year to year.
    The students will study in Montreal for the September to December semester of their third year.
    Please note that the transcontinental tracks do not include any foreign language teaching.
    * Destination is subject to change

  • • Enroll and study at the partner university. More than 125 partner institutions in 34 countries.
    • Choose your courses (business related) from the partner university’s offer.
    • You can spend one semester or one year in our partner institution.
    • Language courses are not allowed.
    • You need to validate 30 ECTS credits (12 US credits) per semester.
    • Students are not allowed to go on the exchange in the country of their origin (nationality restriction).

    * Destinations are subject to change

    Argentina

    • Universidad Catolica Argentina (Buenos Aires)

    Australia

    • Faculty of Business, QUT - Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane)
    • The University of Sydney, Business School (Sydney)

    Austria

    • WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna)

    Brazil

    • Escola de Administraçao de Empresas de Sao Paulo, Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo)

    Canada

    • Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa (Ottawa)
    • HEC Montreal (Montreal)

    China

    • Antai College of Economics and Management Jiao Tong University (Shanghai)
    • College of Business, City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    • Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong)
    • TongJi University (Shanghai)

    Czech Republic

    • Czech University of life Sciences (Prague)

    Denmark

    • Copenhagen Business School (Copenhagen)
    • Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University (Aarhus)

    Estonia

    • Estonian Business School (Tallinn)

    Finland

    • Hanken school of Economics (Helsinki)
    • Aalto University School of Business (Helsinki)

    Germany

    • Technische Universitat München (Munich)
    • Business School, University of Mannheim / Universität Mannheim (Mannheim)

    India

    • Xavier Labour Relations Institute-XLRI (Jamshedpur)
    • Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (Calcutta)

    Ireland

    • Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin (Dublin)
    • Trinity College (Dublin)

    Italy

    • L.U.I.S.S. - Libera Universita Internazionale Degli Studi Sociali (Rome)
    • Universita Comerciale Bocconi (Milan)

    Japan

    • Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Aichi(Nagoya)

    Mexico

    • Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico City)

    New Zealand

    • School of Business, University of Otago (Dunedin)

    Netherlands

    • School of Business and Economics, Universiteit Maastricht (Maastricht)

    Norway

    • Graduate School of Business (Bergen)
    • University of Stellenbosch Business School (Oslo)

    Peru

    • CENTRUM Business School - Pontifica Universidad Catolica Del Peru (Lima)

    Portugal

    • CATOLICA-LISBON School of Business and Economics (Lisbon)

    Singapore

    • Singapore Management University

    South Africa

    • Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (Cape Town)
    • University of Stellenbosch Business School (Stellenbosch)

    South Korea

    • Sogang University, Sogang Business School (Seoul)

    Spain

    • Escuela Superior de Gestion Comercial y Marketing-ESIC Madrid (Madrid)

    Sweden

    • Stockholm School of Business (Stockholm)
    • School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg (Goteborg)

    Taiwan

    • College of Commerce, National Chengchi University (Taipei)

    Thailand

    • Thammasat Business School, Thammasat Unviversity (Bangkok)

    Turkey

    • Koç University School of Business (Istanbul)

    USA

    • Duke University : The Fuqua School of Business (Durham)
    • Georgia Institute of Technology, Scheller School of Business (Atlanta)
    • UNC Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School (Chapel Hill)

    UK

    • Aston Business School, Aston University (Birmingham)
    • University of Exeter Business School (Exeter)
    • Durham University, Durham Business School (Durham)

Professional Experience

Students are required to validate a minimum of 26 weeks of internship to obtain Master's Degree. Work experience can be acquired after Year 1 and Year 2 (13 weeks after every academic year) or during the internship gap year with at least 26 weeks of professional experience in the same company.

Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language is required for all GEM programs (this does not apply for exchange, double degrees or transcontinental track). Non-French speakers have the option of studying French (beginner to advanced level), a recommended option for students looking to work in France following their studies. French speakers may choose from a number of other languages.

Job Placement: Key Figures

Employment found in less than four months: 96%
80% of graduates received long-term work contracts 
< €30,000 11% | €30,000 - €42,000 65% | > €42,000 24%


See career statistics

Career Services

Throughout the Grande Ecole program, students receive counseling and support to prepare their career.

  • The Center for Personal and Managerial Development helps students plan and prepare their career projects.
  • The Careers, Alumni and Employer Relations service (CARE) helps students organize their strategy and approach to find internships and jobs. The service offers tools to prepare for the job market and supports students from their first internship to their first job. By fostering close ties with companies, CARE is able to facilitate access to job offers and opportunities, organize recruitment events, and build close ties between students and recruiters.

The GEM Alumni network animates the community of graduates all over the world through communities in every country where alumni are present. Most alumni events, both personal and professional, are open to students.Our graduates are located everywhere in the world. 23% are not French speaking.

Recruitment for this program is on a worldwide basis. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds: science, humanities, languages, technical and engineering. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    • October 15th 2019
    • November 15th 2019
    • January 30th 2020
    • February 28th 2020
    • March 30th 2020
    • April 30th 2020
    • May 15th 2020
    • November 2019
    • December 2019
    • February 2020
    • March 2020
    • April 2020
    • May 2020

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 in French or be submitted with a certified translation into English if written in another language.

      • GMAT - a minimum of 550 overall. GMAT Institution code: 0365
      • GRE - a minimum of 150 in the Verbal Reasoning section, 153 in the Quantitative section
      • TAGE-MAGE with a minimum score of 300 is required applying for the French track or the English Track
      • Candidates can be conditionally accepted and provide test results later. Quantitative test waiver after the reception of quantitative test results is possible
      • TOEFL: Internet-based (IBT): 94 (minimum score of 22 in Reading and Speaking; minimum score of 21 in Listening and Writing). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
      • OR IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all areas (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
      • OR Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE): A,B,C
      • OR Pearson Test of English (PTE): 63 (minimum score of 59 in each section)
      • Not accepted for English track: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: First (FCE) and others not listed above
      • French track applicants ONLY: TOEIC with a minimum score of 800 can be accepted
      • English test waiver can be granted if a Bachelor’s degree was taught fully through the medium of English (official proof required)
    • Obligatory motivation interview in English (for English track) or in English and French (for French track)
    • Official copy of latest degree or diploma or certificate of enrollment with an approximate graduation date
    • University transcripts: front/back with grading scale
    • CV/Resume
    • 3 short essays (relating to your academic/professional experience, your reasons for choosing this program and your intercultural awareness)
    • 2 academic or professional references. Family members or friends are not acceptable as referees
    • Scan of passport
    • Internationally recognized passport size picture
    • Candidates can be admitted into the program under conditions of passing official tests or providing degree certificates (if still enrolled) later.

Please note that for your initial application we ask only for copies of documents. If you are accepted, we will then request to send digital certified copies that you will be asked to present during the induction week. More details about certified copies per nationality are explained on the application form.

Students holding only French nationality must apply via the “Concours”. International students whose level of French is sufficient may apply to the French track (Programme Grande Ecole) via online application portal.

Student Program Fees 2020-2021*

September 2020: 14,100 Euros (Year 1)
September 2021: 12,990 Euros (Year 2)
Optional gap year: 820 Euros

*Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before commencement.

  • Fees cover tuition, project supervision, and access to GEM facilities.
  • Program fees do not cover accommodation, meals, insurance, visa, and personal expenses.
  • Students are required to pay an additional 250€ in student services and administrative fees in Year 1 and a further 250€ for student card renewal in Year 2.

Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

Financial Aid / Scholarships

Scholarship descriptions and application guidelines.

Note

All academic qualifications, including those earned at GEM, 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 specific country after their GEM 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 responsible for verifying if their intended GEM degree will be recognized.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Visa requirements may apply to International Students in order to study or work in the country. All international students are expected to verify requirements with their local French consulate and plan accordingly. Grenoble Ecole de Management has no influence over this process.

For more information, please download the relevant student guide.