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MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Program duration
One academic year (on campus) + Final Management Project (can be completed remotely while working)
Degree level
Master (120 ECTS credits)
Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English
Full program fees
€21,950 / Sept 2021 intake (Grenoble Campus). See overseas campus pages for local fees

The aim of the MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship's degree is to provide a framework and a toolkit for future managers and entrepreneurs to identify, assess and manage business opportunities in either their own companies or in existing organizations. Furthermore, it helps and steers them in the start up creation process.

The program reflects the realities of the global environment and provides general management courses together with highly specialized modules in the areas of Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Why Choose this Program?

  • Acquire the skills to manage projects across national and cultural boundaries.
  • Develop an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial spirit.
  • Assess the economic and market potential of innovations, ensuring corporate success.
  • Gain the ability to evaluate the strategic role of mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances.
  • Develop skills to meet the social, ethical, legal and financial constraints in new ventures.
  • Earn your degree from a triple-accredited institution.
  • Discover and try out the whole process of a start-up creation.

A Word from the Program Director 

  • “Innovation and Entrepreneurship are everywhere in our daily lives: smart cities, the digital economy, big data and design thinking, to name only a few. If you want to broaden your theoretical knowledge while gaining practical experience in the working world, network with today’s leading industry experts and tomorrow’s gamechangers, create your own business or help companies face tomorrow’s challenges head-on, this program was designed for you! Be part of this unique experience in Grenoble, heart of the French Alps and France’s capital of innovation and entrepreneurship!” - Jean-Paul Aussel

In addition to its proximity to research-intensive, international companies (STMicroelectronics, Hewlett-Packard) and scientific organizations (the micro and nanotechnology innovation center GIANT Minatec - the French Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique and LETI), this program also comes from a top quality international teaching team made up of academics and professionals, thus creating an atmosphere supportive of teaching, learning, creative thinking and research.

The program’s main objective is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the field of Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

The program corresponds to the realities of the global management environment by offering highly-specialized courses in the fields as well as courses relating to general management and business, thus extending the intellectual understanding of Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship as a discipline.

Program Content*

Year 1 - Campus Year

The first year of the program is a full-time year in Grenoble or Berlin. Students will be required to attend the program full-time for one academic year from September to June the following year.

  • Introduction Session

    General Management and the Corporate Environment

    • Accounting
      Corporate Finance
      Insight into Digital
      Intercultural Management
      International Negotiations
      Leadership, Teambuilding and Managerial Creativity
      Legal Environment of International Business
      Managerial Economics
      Project Management
      Research Methods for Managers
      Digital Analytics

    Innovation Management

    • Digital Transformatin in Business 
      Introduction to Innovation
      Creativity and Innovation
      Innovation and Design Thinking


    • Strategic Management
      Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring
      Strategic Marketing and Marketing Planning


    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
      New Venture Business Planning
      Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities
      Small and Family Business

    *The content of the program may be adapted from year to year to take into account the needs of industry. Class attendance is compulsory.

Year 2 - Final Management Project

At the end of the one-academic-year full-time part of the program, each student will be required to complete a Final Management Project of approximately 15,000 words in length, under the guidance of a tutor. This is an applied or theoretical research project that can be completed at a distance and in parallel with full-time employment or an approved internship. To successfully complete the Final Management Project, students are required to address a particular research question or knowledge gap in their chosen field of their study. This will be business oriented and coherent with the program's objectives. A student may choose to write their project on a topic grounded in their internship experience.

Live Business Cases

During this program, participants will have the opportunity to become real-life business developers by exploring a Live Business Case provided by companies working in partnership with the MSc Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship program. Students will work in groups and delve deeply into their cases during the seven months from October to June under the supervision of a coach. The Live Business Cases are launched by a briefing given by the company.

  • Live Business Cases will cover:

    • Innovation, entrepreneurship, and management issues from an integrated, holistic perspective.
    • A capstone opportunity for students to apply theoretical principles from coursework and lectures.

    At the conclusion of the Live Business Case, students will be able to:

    • Build a company analysis
      ​Select and apply a methodology, and make useful and efficient recommendations.
      Understand the Business Development process
      Provide critical analysis
      Make strategic decisions
      Work in a small multicultural group under time constraints
      Produce compelling written and oral presentations
      Demonstrate communication, negotiation and leadership skills

    At the end of the seven-month Live Business Case, each group will produce a written report and make an oral presentation to the Jury and other groups from the program. The Jury consists of the company coach, the school coach, and the program director.

International Study Trip**

This one-week innovative and entrepreneurial study trip abroad provides students with an in-depth perspective into one of today’s most influential economies. Students participate in lectures and company visits to gain insights into business practices in the field of innovation. 

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

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 (but not compulsory) program option for all students who are looking to work internationally. Non-French speakers have the option of studying French (beginner to advanced level), while French speakers may choose from a number of other languages at the beginner level.

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.


Classes are taught by GEM 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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Employment Statistics*

Employment within 6 months: 84%
Jobs with international projects: 82%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: <50k€: 35% |  >50k€: 65%

*Based on 2019 graduates
  • Adnai Mining
    International Innovation Nanotechnology Center
    Kachan and Co.
    The Retail Performance Company
  • The students following the MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship generally wish to prepare for careers as:

    • R&D Managers
    • Project Managers
    • B to B Product Managers
    • Business Engineers
    • Business Developers

    Or in the following fields:

    • Biotech
    • High Tech IT
    • Start-ups


“Being a strong believer of learning by doing, the power of the Live Business Case of the ISE program is unmatched. It gave me the opportunity to work on an innovative logistics project with four classmates on assignment from Renault Group for 9 months. Ultimately, we presented our findings in front of Renault C-Level. Thanks to GEM’s ISE program, I had signed for a full time position in Dublin’s tech hub before the first year ended. One year later, I am a Territory Manager at Uber Eats in Belgium.” - Cédric De Wulf, ISE 2019 Graduate, Territory Account Manager at Uber
“I had previously been working in wealth & investment management before deciding I wanted to make a career switch into technology. With a BA in Business, I found the MSc in Innovation, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship to be a fantastic addition, gaining the skills I lacked in order to succeed with this career transition. The entrepreneurial spirit, GEM’s start-up friendly environment, as well as the focus on the study trip was a thrilling hands-on experience that prepared me for my next career step. - Gregor Gericke, ISE 2019 Graduate, Business Development Consultant at Salesforce

More testimonials from MSc ISE graduates

This program is designed for recent graduates from any background as well as managers or entrepreneurs willing to develop and manage technological and business opportunities.

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject with a good grade average.
  • Work experience is not compulsory.
  • The GMAT is not required for this program.
  • Fluency in English - see test requirements below.

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

    • 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 references (professional and/or academic). Family members or friends are not acceptable as referees
    • Scan of passport
    • Internationally recognized passport picture
    • Proof of fluency in English:
      • 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): 63 (minimum of 59 in all bands)
      • Duolingo English Test: 110 (minimum of 90 in all bands)
      • English test waiver may be granted if Bachelor’s degree was fully taught through the medium of English (official proof required)
      • Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL
      • 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.

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

Student Program Fees

MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Grenoble campus: €21,950 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. 

Program fees include:​

  • Tuition, project supervision, and access to GEM facilities
  • Travel and accommodation for the International Study Trip**. Please note that students are responsible for the payment and arrangement 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.

Please refer to our partner campus in Berlin for off-site tuition fees and scholarships. 

Financial Aid / Scholarships

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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. 

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 02 June 2021 at 3h55 pm