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Grande Ecole Program

Program duration
3 to 4 years
Degree level
Participants who successfully complete the Grande Ecole program graduate with a Master’s degree recognized by the French government (RNCP level 1).
Entry requirements
Two to three year undergraduate degree
Teaching location
12 rue Pierre Sémard 38000 Grenoble

By joining the Grande Ecole Program, you will take part in a unique experience—an experience that will culminate with your graduation as a leader, entrepreneur, and socially engaged citizen ready to innovate and inspire.

The program is based on three essential pillars:

  • A humane approach built on critical thinking
  • Active learning methods
  • One transversal project per year

Everything is geared towards helping you:

  • Understand the importance of what you’re learning and actively use the knowledge and skills you acquire
  • Give meaning to your learning experience at GEM
  • Decide which options, projects and careers match your goals
  • Develop your creative and innovative capacities

Upon graduation, you will be ready to join a company and manage complex challenges.

First year: the fundamentals

The program’s first year focuses on acquiring the fundamentals of management. You will be able to choose between four options:

Management Track: curriculum in French

  • English + required third language
  • Participate in the Management Project Grand Prix

English Track: all classes taught in English

  • Limited spots available. Application required. This option can be followed for all three years of the program.

Trilingual Track: 50% of classes in English, 25% in French, 25% in third language (German or Spanish)

  • To receive the “trilingual” accreditation, you must complete this track for at least three semesters during your first and second years.

Ulysses program: based on learning through role-playing, real-life situations and hands-on experiences.

  • Application required. Selection based on profile and experience.
  • In addition to one of four choices above, you may also chose a double degree option:
    Engineering/management degree with EISTI in Cergy Pontoise
    • A four year program open to students who graduated from preparatory schools or hold a bachelor's in mathematics
    • You may "try out" the program for a year before committing to it
    • Specialization in finance and mathematics for finance
    • Includes the possibility of earning a bachelor's of IT from the Université de Cergy Pontoise

    A Université Grenoble Alpes bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields:
    • Law & management
    • Economics & management
    • History & management
    • Philosophy & management
    • Literature & management

    Application required. Can be followed up with a Master’s degree.

  • Certificates are complementary, optional modules that enable you to validate the acquisition of a particular skill. Available certificates include:
    • Management of Gastronomy & Hospitality in partnership with Ecole Ferrières
    • Music and Management in partnership with La Fabrique Opéra
    • Microsoft Office Specialist
    • Financial Markets Exam (AMF)
    • Disability and Management

  • To complete your first year, you must acquire at least six weeks of professional experience between the months of May and August. Experience can be acquired through:
    • Internship in France or abroad
    • Project with an association
    • Short-term work contract
    • Entrepreneurial project (must be approved by the school)

  • Starting in their first year, students with an entrepreneurial project can:
    • Take advantage of a modified class schedule (project must first be approved by the school)
    • Submit their project to the incubator: IncubaGEM

    Third year students can specialize in Entrepreneurship and validate their expertise thanks to the Advanced Master’s in Entrepreneurship (application required).

  • To complete the Grande Ecole program, students must acquire international experience. You may choose from several options:
    • International internship
    • Humanitarian mission with the association SOS (first year students only)
    • Specific program options: English Track, MIB, Global Tech, Transcontinental Track
    • Academic exchanges or double degrees with international partners (second or third year students)

First year highlights

  • New student challenge: two weeks of workshops, group work and conferences on the themes of creativity, self-awareness and social awareness
  • Management Project Grand Prix
  • Student associations: a great way to get involved in student life
  • Discovering geopolitics (part of the core curriculum)

Second year: becoming autonomous

During the second year of the program, you will expand your understanding of general management principles while fine-tuning your skills thanks to a specialization (partial list).

  • • Management Track in French:
    - Provides you with access to all available specializations
    • English Track: all classes taught in English
    imited spots available. Application required. This option can be followed for all three years of the program.
    • Trilingual Track: 50% of classes in English, 25% in French, 25% in third language (German or Spanish)
    - To receive the “trilingual” accreditation, you must complete this track for at least three semesters during your first and second years.
    • Work/study option: one week of class, two weeks working for a company
    - Only three available specializations: purchasing, accounting/finance, or marketing
    • Student association option: students involved in a student association at the school can spend every afternoon for an entire semester working on a project for the association
    - Application required, limited number of spots, not available for students coming from Passerelle 2
    - Option will be graded and count towards overall evaluation
    • Expert accountant, controller and financial audit option: Prepare the DEC exam (French expert accountant exam), which is required to work as an independent expert accountant or to become an associate within an audit firm. The exam also validates technical skills useful for the administrative and financial management of a company of any size.
    - Option begins during the second semester of the second year with pre-requisite classes, and for successful participants, continues into the third year
    - Option cannot be combined with work/study
    - Students who complete this option are automatically awarded the French accounting and management degree (DCG) and validate five out of seven requirements for the higher level degree (DSCG).
    • Transcontinental Track: enables students to take part in an academic exchange with partner universities (one or two semesters):
    - First semester: Beihang University (Beijing, China) or University of Cambridge (UK) :
    Core curriculum equivalent to classes taught in Grenoble
    - Second semester in the US or Canada with specializations: Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (Canada) | Finance at Pace University (New York, USA)
    - The program includes classes and company visits. The two semesters abroad can be done in a row or independently.

  • Several second year options will enable you to earn a double degree:
    Designer/Manager option in partnership with Strate Ecole de Design
    Double degree GEM-Ecole Ferrières:
    - Three possible specializations:
    Master's of International Hospitality Management
    Master's of Gastronomy and Event Management
    Master's of Luxury Services Management
    - Time spent at Ecole Ferrières: one semester of specialization during the second year and one entire year during a placement year.
    - Classes in English
    University partnership with Université Grenoble Alpes
    Master's in Economics, Law, Literature, History or Philosophy
    Master's in International Business (MIB): take part in the first year of the MIB program which focuses on international management and intercultural environments.
    - To earn this degree (in addition to the DESMA), students must write a dissertation during their third year (or during a placement year in company).
    - Limited number of spots, application required
    - Program can be followed from campuses in Grenoble, Paris, Berlin or Singapore

    Certain partnerships with foreign universities also provide double degrees.

Professional experience

Except for students in work/study programs, it is required to earn at least 13 weeks of professional experience between the months of May and August. Work experience can include:

  • Internship in France or abroad
  • Short-term work contract
  • Entrepreneurial project (must be approved by the school)

Academic exchange

Students can participate in one semester or one year abroad at a partner university.

Highlights of the year

Placement year in company

Students can take an optional* placement year between their second and third years in order to work full-time at a company. This will enable you to finetune your career plan while earning valuable professional experience. To validate your placement year, you must carry out a 13 to 26 week internship at the same organization in France or abroad. A short-term work contract or an approved entrepreneurial project can also be counted.
* this optional placement year will incur additional school fees.

Third year: preparing for the future

While you continue to finetune your specialization, you will be able to choose an option that may include a double degree or a specific expertise:

  • • Management Track
    • Work/study option: one week of class, two weeks working for a company
    - Possible specializations: agility, high tech business, accounting-management control, consulting, international development, finance, international human resource management, marketing, road to market (also available on the Paris campus)
    • English Track: all classes taught in English
    - Requires application process
    • Transcontinental Track: follow a semester of class in international management at McGill University (Montréal)
    • Digital Marketing Factory option: specialization geared towards digital business and business models of tomorrow
    - Classes based on a virtual company that enable students to develop their creative marketing skills as well as a better understanding of the future of digital business
    • Operational marketing (opening sept. 2020) 

  • • Engineering option in partnership with IMT Atlantique – Brest
    • MSc in Humanitarian Program Management in partnership with Institut Bioforce
    • Geoeconomics and strategic intelligence option in partnership with IRIS
    • Defense, security and crisis management option in partnership with IRIS
    • Geoeconomy and risk management option in partnership with IRIS
    • Economic intelligence option in partnership with EISTI
    • MSc in Wine Management in partnership with Burgundy School of Business
    • Video Game Management option in partnership with Institut de l’Internet et du Multimédia

    Several agreements with international universities include double degree programs.

Fields of expertise

  • • Big Data
    • Business Development
    • Fashion, Design & Luxury Management
    • Entrepreneur
    • Finance
    • International Human Resource Management and Organization Development
    • Digital Marketing
    • Purchasing
    • Energy Management & Marketing
    • Innovation Strategy and Entrepreneurship
    • Accounting Expertise and Financial Auditing
    • Digital Business Strategy
    • Information and Digital Systems Management

These fields of expertise can count towards a related GEM degree (Advanced Master’s, MSc or other degree). To validate one of these degrees requires an additional year working at a company.

Professional experience

Except for students in work/study programs or having completed a placement year in company, all students must acquire at least 13 weeks of work experience starting in May. Experience can be acquired as follows:

  • Internship in France or abroad
  • Short-term contract
  • Entrepreneurial project (must be approved by the school)  

 Academic exchange

Students can participate in one semester or one year abroad at a partner university.

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.

Most students holding non-French Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees should apply via pass-world.com.

Students whose level of French is sufficient may also apply via French entrance exams and application processes (See French admissions page).