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MBA

Program duration
One academic year (on campus) + Final Management Project (can be completed remotely while working)
Degree level
Master (120 ECTS credits). (French : Titre de niveau 7 Manager International, enregistré au Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) – Fiche 14524)
Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English. At least three years of full-time work experience
Full program fees
€31,950 / Sept 2022 intake (Grenoble campus) - Study Trip** included for Grenoble campus students. See overseas campus pages for local fees.

Full-time MBA: Grenoble

Executive Part-time MBA: Tbilisi | Moscow


The GEM Full-time MBA is ranked 5th in France, 28th in Europe, and 70th in the world by The Economist in its 2021 ranking.

Boost your International Career in a Stimulating Environment

Are you looking for a way to take your international career to the next level? Our MBA offers a 500-hour general management program in a top ranked triple-accredited International Business School. The MBA is highly applied in content, delivered by a team that brings together academic specialists, managers, and consultants from a wide range of sectors.

Skills Acquired:

    • Carry out a diagnostics and strategical analysis of a company to define international axes of development.
    • Carry out international market analysis and propose strategic directions by taking into consideration competition and cultural differences.
    • Identify original positioning choices and pinpoint development strategies and sources of sustainable value creation.
    • Put in place sales and marketing actions in different geographical zones.
    • Conduct different types of negotiations.
    • Develop a budget including an action plan, income statement and cash flow.
    • Analyse intercultural management problems and propose appropriate actions.
    • Structure an international project by defining the objectives, the means, the budget and its duration.
    • Obtain management support for projects.
    • Use project management tools.

    Find the details of the skills targeted by this program on France Compétences by looking for the sheet n° 14524)

Our Strenghts

    • Study at a top business school in France:
      Our MBA program is well-ranked within several international rankings. Grenoble Ecole de Management is a triple-accredited institution, which means that it belongs to the top 1% of business schools worldwide.
    • Increase your international exposure and network:
      You will study in a classroom of multiple nationalities taught by international faculty and have several opportunities to expand your network.
    • Accelerate your career development:
      You will have the possibility to participate in personal and professional development workshops organised by our dedicated Career-centre.
    • Strengthen both “hard” and “soft” management skills:
      Learn about management both theoretically and in practice and collaborate with peers from all over the world.
    • Tailor your education to your professional goals with a wide selection of elective courses:
      You can choose one of our specialisations and get the additional boost you need to complete your professional goals.
    • Complete an extensive management project:
      During your second year, you will complete a final management project on a topic of your choice linked to the program and your professional interests.

A Word from the Program Director

  • “Our MBA stands out for its internationality and its emphasis on well-rounded professional development. Students and professors from all over the world come together in this stimulating program to discuss both academic theory and the application of those theories to professional activity, allowing students to apply what they have learned in classes directly to their professional endeavors. If you are looking to take your career to the next level or to work in a competitive international setting, our MBA aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and network to make this happen. I look forward to welcoming you on the program!” - Dr. Phil Eyre
Phil Eyre, Program Director, on Campus Channel - March 12, 2020

The first year of the MBA is a full-time year in Grenoble. 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 and can be based anywhere in the world.

Program Content*

Year 1 - Campus Year

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 negotiation skills are developed through face-to-face team negotiations to resolve authentic and complex cases.
*The content of the program may be adapted from year to year to take into account the needs of industry. Class attendance is compulsory.

  • Introduction Section

    • Teambuilding and Leadership events
      Moodle e-learning platform
      Library and Computing Services
      Networking, Career and Alumni Associations

    The International Environment

    • Global Business and Macroeconomics
      Geopolitics

    Accounting and Auditing

    • Managerial Accounting
      International Financial Accounting
      Auditing

    International Management

    • Intercultural Management
      International Negotiations

    Sustainability and Management

    • Sustainability and CSR
      Risk Management

    Tools for Decision-Making

    • Managerial Economics
      Quantitative Methods

    Managing Organizations

    • Strategic Human Resource Management
      Organizations and Change Management
      Leadership and Teambuilding

    Technology Management

    • Innovation Management
      Operations Management

    International Business Law

    International Marketing

    Corporate Finance

    Strategic Management

    Digital Transformation

    Integrative Case Study

    • The integrative case marks the conclusion of the taught part of the program, with a broad-based business case or cases over a 15-hour period. This is an opportunity for students to display what they have acquired during the taught part of the program by analyzing the case from different functional areas. 
  • From a menu of up to 8 alternative choices, students can personalize their MBA program for 20% of their total class sessions. The Full-Time and Part-Time students from the different MBA sites join together in international groups from Grenoble, Moscow, and Tbilisi. The content is focused on professional management activity 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.

    Choice of one specialization (elective) composed of 3 intensive one-week sessions:

    • International Business Development (Grenoble)
      Entrepreneurship (Grenoble)
      Smart and Sustainable Business (Grenoble)
      Management Consulting (Grenoble)
      Finance & Digital Banking (Grenoble)
      Digital Marketing (Paris)
      Luxury Brand Management (Paris)

    **Specializations require a minimum number of participants.

Year 2 - Final Management Project

During the second year of the program students can be based anywhere in the world and must complete a Final Management Project of approximately 15,000 words in length, under the guidance of a tutor. The Project should be business oriented and coherent with the program objectives. Students are required to address a particular research question or choose a topic grounded in a professional activity or an entrepreneurial venture.

Pedagogy

Taught part: 400 -core hours through concepts, theory and real-world examples of written and live cases, 90-hours chosen elective with practitioners from several professional areas and a study trip to Berlin. Final Management Project: Applied project in-company, extending over 8-months and with an individual written report. The project receives academic support from a GEM tutor.

Evaluation

Each block of competencies is assessed by one or more case studies, based on a real or fictitious company case or situation scenarios. Each case study includes a written and/or oral, individual and/or collective production. The different components of the assessment methods can be carried out in a global or split manner, depending on the case


Foreign Languages

The program is taught in English but provides the possibility to learn a foreign language at the same time. No prior knowledge of French is required to attend the program. Learning a foreign language is a recommended program option for all students who are looking to work internationally. 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 at beginner level.

Global Management Challenge

Students will participate in this team simulation – a high point of the program. Strongly motivated and culturally diverse teams compete for the best results for their company.

MBA Networking and Grenoble Discovery Week**

GEM MBA students are invited to attend this week-long session in Grenoble, enabling students from campuses in Grenoble, Moscow, and Tbilisi to come together to network and attend seminars and conferences on key management issues. The week includes company visits, networking events, and an alumni evening. Topics and events covered typically include Conflict Resolution, Interview Techniques, Radical Career Change, Salary Negotiations, and Effective Leaderships.

Study Trip**

The full-time program in Grenoble includes a week’s Study Trip organized with our partners in normally taking place in June towards the end of the program.  There are corporate & academic speakers, company visits some cultural sight-seeing and a GEM post-graduate Alumni meet-up.  Assignments for Strategy and HRM modules are related to some of the Study Trip content.  Flights and hotel accommodation are included in the Grenoble program fees.
Study trip available for Grenoble students only.

** International Study Trip is contingent on global conditions and travel restrictions

Personal and Professional Development Workshops

In addition to the core courses, students have the opportunity to attend personal and professional development workshops led by professionals, industry and subject matter experts. These will strengthen the employability profiles of graduates to help them achieve their career goals. Students will also have access to individual counselling sessions, interaction with corporate partners and online resources with jobs and internship opportunities as well as access to specific in house sectorial career focused communities.

Faculty

Classes are taught by GEM faculty, visiting professors from the best universities around the world, and top business professionals. Most of the permanent faculty are engaged in applied research, with teaching linking theory to practice through business cases. Their diverse cultural and international background lends a strong international dimension to the program.
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Recognition

AMBA Accredited Program, French Ministry of Labour, France Compétences, Level 7 – EQF

Testimonials

  • 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.

More testimonials from MBA graduates 

Employment Statistics*

Employment found in less than four months: Full-time: 67 : % Part-time: 83%
Work internationally: Full-time: 71% ; Part-time: 100%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: 
Full-time: <45k€: 31% | >45k€: 69%
       Part-time: <50k€: 42% | >50k€: 58%

*Based on 2020 graduates

BA 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.

All candidates should have at least three years of significant full-time work experience. GMAT may be required on a case-by-case basis if your work experience is unsufficient.

Please note that it is possible to submit your application prior to providing us with your test results and/or your final transcripts or degree certificate.​

If the rest of your application meets our standards we can then make you a conditional offer of a place on the program. These conditions will be lifted once you have obtained and sent us with the required documentation.

We recognize that COVID-19 has likely created difficulties in completing the admissions requirements. Our team is available to assist with these logistical uncertainties. Please contact us with any questions.

Apply here

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

Application Submission Requirements

  • Official copy of undergraduate degree equivalent to minimum 180 ECTS 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 professional references. Colleagues or friends are not acceptable as referees
  • Scan of passport
  • Internationally recognized passport picture
  • Fluency in English (TOEFL, PTE, IELTS or CPE):
    • TOEFL IBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in all bands). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
    • IELTS Academic/IELTS Indicator: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all bands)
    • Cambridge English (Proficiency/Advanced/Business Higher) level C1: Grade A,B or C
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) Online/Offline: 63 (minimum of 59 in all bands)
    • Duolingo English Test: 110 (minimum of 90 in all bands)
    • RANEPA English test in Moscow: minimum of 65 overall (for Part-time MBA Moscow students only)
    • Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL
    • English test waiver may be granted if Bachelor’s degree was fully taught through the medium of English (official proof required)

Please note: English test scores must be communicated to GEM by the beginning of July for September programs.

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.

To ensure GEM 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.

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.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult our online application deadlines.

Student Programs Fees

MBA Full-time
Grenoble campus: €31,950 for full 2-year program*

*Fees include an annual €250 student service and administrative fee calculated for the 2-year program. Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before commencement. 
Please refer to our partner campus websites for off-site tuition fees and scholarships. 
MBA Part-time - Russia: Moscow partner campus
MBA Part-time - Georgia: Tbilisi partner campus

Grenoble Campus Program fees include:

  • Tuition, project supervision, and access to GEM facilities
  • ​Travel and accommodation for the International Study Trip** for Grenoble campus students. Please note that students are responsible for the payment of a visa if necessary.

Program fees do not cover accommodation, meals, insurance, visa, and personal expenses.

Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

Financial Aid / Scholarships 

GEM offers a dedicated online platform - The Funding Place - to help you find financing solutions, simulate a student loan and understand everything about student loans.

We advise students to research financial aid opportunities as early as possible. Please note that it is necessary to submit your application and secure a place on a program first, before applying for scholarships and visas.

Scholarship descriptions and application guidelines.

This program can be partly financed with CPF (requires working experience in France).

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. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Visa requirements may apply to International Students in order to study or work in France. 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 our International Student Guide

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Updated on 15 October 2021 at 9h55 am