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MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Program duration
Regular Track: 2 years (7 months on campus + 3 to 6 months internship (year 1), 4 months on campus + 3-6 month internship (year 2)), Short Track: 1-year (4 months on campus + 3 to 6 months internship)
Degree level
Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English
Full program fees
Regular track (per year): 12 500 € /Short Track (full program): 16 000 € applies for Grenoble campus

Become Tomorrow's Game Changer!

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.


Skills Acquired:

    • Design and manage diverse teams within a global environment.
    • Demonstrate a high-level of critical analysis of organizational, economic and geopolitical challenges with an ability express your ideas in a clear and coherent manner.
    • Fully assess the ethical, environmental impact of decisions and actions of your organization.
    • Understand the key challenges and functions of different departments and services within your organization and interact with them in an efficient and constructive manner.
    • Generate innovative and adaptable ideas and solutions to overcome the changing environment of your organization.
    • Work efficiency in a technology focused environment thus demonstrating robust digital proficiency.
    • Demonstrate an in-depth comprehension of the key present and future challenges within the context of your chosen specialization.

Our Strenghts

    • Develop your project with the help of GEM:
      The school includes a service for accompanying the creation of companies – IncubaGEM that has been a starting point for several start-ups.
    • Discover and try out the whole process of a start-up creation:
      Get knowledge of the different steps in start-up creation and get to practice with real-life examples.
    • Develop an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial spirit:
      Furthermore, than hard skills, develop the soft skills that will take you a step further with your project.
    • Learn international project management:
      Acquire the skills to manage projects across national and cultural boundaries.
    • Learn how to evaluate success:
      Assess the economic, market potential of innovations, ensuring corporate success, and gain the ability to evaluate the strategic role of mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances.
    • Know how to adapt to different situations:
      Develop skills to meet the social, ethical, legal and financial constraints in new ventures.

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!” - Lisa-Jane Perraud

Program content applies to Year 1 & Year 2 - 2022 Intake and is subject to change. Short Track students will directly start at Year 2.

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.

Program content*

* The program may be subject to change.

Year 1: Core Courses

  • Essential Business Skills

    Strategic Management
    Project Management
    Business Research
    Corporate Finance
    Foreign language


    Digital Transformation in Business
    Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    Managerial Economics
    Introduction to Innovation

  • Professional Development Skills

    International Negotiations
    Sustainability in the Business Environment
    Reflexivity & Professional Development
    Foreign language


    Managerial Creativity
    Live Business Case 1 & 2
    Study Trip

    Individual tracks:

    Students choose one of the following:
    Professional track: Four to six months internship or full-time employment, anywhere in the world
    Professional Certificate Track: Students choose from a number of professional online certificates

    Total : 225 hours

Year 2: Specialisation

Short Track students enter directly year 2.

  • Digital Marketing Insight into Digital
    New Venture Business Planning
    Digital Economy
    Digital Marketing: Digital Analytics
    M&As & Strategic Alliances
    Legal Environment of International Business
    Creativity & Innovation
    Innovation & Design Thinking
    Small & Family Business
    Foreign Language

  • Specialised Academic Dissertation
    Responsible Leadership & Future Organisations

    Students choose one of the following:

    Professional track

    Four to six months internship or full-time employment, anywhere in the world.

    Research Track

    Research Project

    Academic Track

    Online Certificate Course

    Total : 210 hours


A full two-year program with more than 400 hours of taught classes including the latest managerial theory, real-world case examples and practical experience. Students typically have 12-15 hours class time per week supplemented by around 30 hours group work and private study. The MSc offers up to 12 months’ work experience and 4 distinct international study / work opportunities. This includes a study trip and one-semester exchange option and two internship possibilities. An academic dissertation enables deep and insightful analysis of one of key issues or challenges faced by organizations today. The strong diversity of faculty and students reinforces the international dimension of the program.


The validation of skills and competences is acquired through continuous assessment, assignments, exams, and professional experience. Both written and oral communication skills are fully assessed throughout the program. In addition, to graduate, students will have to complete a 4-6 month international experience during their studies.

MSc Academic Dissertation

The specialized academic dissertation is one of the core components of the second year of the program. Students begin in September and will complete it by the end of the academic year.

The academic dissertation asks students to understand and analyze a key business or managerial issue. Students first undertake an extensive review of our current knowledge of the issue through an in-depth literature review. Working with their tutor, students then identify an area that requires further exploration (Research Gap) and a methodology for filling that knowledge gap (Research Design). Students will undertake original research (Data Collection) to fill the pre-defined gap before writing up their findings and considering their personal contribution to the chosen research domain. This includes an analysis of the academic and practical / managerial implications of their research.

With 100 active permanent researchers, eight research teams, more than 200 doctoral students, Grenoble EM is one of the leaders in management research in Europe. Students will thus be assigned a specialised academic tutor with considerable experience of this type of research as well as knowledge of the field or domain to be studied. Students may also adopt a wide range of different research methodologies to reinforce the intellectual skills that will be required by their future employer. Certain research by previous students has been published.

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.

Study Trip

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

Semester exchange in accredited GEM partner

The international exchange option is one of the four international opportunities offered to Grenoble EM MSc students during the two-year program. With nearly 40 years of international development experience, Grenoble EM is able to offer exchange options from its prestigious network of partner institutions.

The full one semester exchange is situated during the autumn semester of year two of the program. Students who successfully complete year one will be eligible to apply for this exchange. Applications are completed in the early Spring of year 1. Confirmation of the exchange offer will be made later that same semester.

Students complete a full credit semester on program than has been pre-validated by Grenoble EM. Chosen courses are designed to strengthen the specialization that they have chosen. Credits from this tailored-made semester will then be transferred back to the Grenoble EM MSc and thus count for the final degree award.

Additional travel costs / accommodation etc. are be met by the students.

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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“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

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Employment Statistics*

Employment within 2 months: 66%
Work internationally: 78%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: <40k€: 41% |  >40k€: 59%

*Based on 2020 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

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.

Work experience is not compulsory and the GMAT is not required for this program.

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.

Application Submission Requirements

  • 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 references. 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 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)
    • 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.

Specific to Regular Track:

  • Official copy of undergraduate degree equivalent to minimum 180 ECTS or certificate of enrollment with an approximate graduation date

Specific to Short Track:

  • Official copy of undergraduate degree equivalent to minimum 240 ECTS/4-years Bachelor's degree/3-years Bachelor's degree + 1 year of Master Studies or certificate of enrolment with an approximate graduation date
  • Minor (60 ECTS) in Business Studies

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 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.

Student Program Fees

MSc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Grenoble campus: Regular track (per year): €12,500*
Short track (full program): €16,000*

*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

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.


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 13 October 2021 at 11h55 am