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Masters in Management (Grande Ecole Program)

2 years or 3 years (with an optional gap year)

Start date: September 2023
Online Application Deadlines

Grenoble Campus
• The courses are taught entirely in English

• 16,550 € (Year 1) and 15,325 € (Year 2)
• Optional gap year: 950 € / September 2023 intake

• Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Strong quantitative skills. 
• Fluency in English (English track). Fluency in French and in English (French track)
• French nationals must take French entrance examinations
• French nationals with a foreign bachelor’s degree: please contact international admissions

Master’s degree recognized by the French government – Grade de Master (RNCP level 7, visé par l’Etat)


The Grande Ecole Program is a Master's degree in Management (equivalent to Bac+5) accessible after the completion of a preparatory class, a French degree (Bac+2/3/4) or an international degree. You will learn all the fundamentals of business before specializing in the field of your choice: finance, consulting, marketing, sales, innovation, CSR...

This Master in Management (Grande Ecole Program) is ranked, on average, 8th in France.

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.

Skills Acquired:

  • Our objective: that each graduate has developed the knowledge and skills necessary for his professional project, in according to her personality and aspirations, but also with the expectations of companies in France and abroad.

    Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

    •  Use critical thinking skills to solve complex problems
    •  Be entrepreneurial and creative
    •  Adapt, evolve and cooperate in a culturally different environment
    •  Reason and decide in a responsible and sustainable manner
    •  Understand the impact of technology and implement an innovation process
    •  Work in a team and mobilize around a common cause
    •  Communicate effectively 

    More details on France Compétences website, sheet n° 34762

  • •  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 125 partner Universities all over the world
    •  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)

First year: Consolidate your essential business skills

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

Program content is subject to change.

    • 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.

    • 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)

      Participate in student associations : A rich environment in which to gain professional skills.
      Students with an entrepreneurial project can benefit from specific support and submit their project to the incubator: IncubaGEM.

    Gap Year (optional): Jump start your career

    • Please note that additional administrative fees may apply.

      •  1 year entirely devoted to the company. It allows you to specify your professional project while gaining experience. To validate this year, you must complete two 6 months internships, in France or abroad. Fixed-term contracts and business creations are also valid.
      •  The gap year may also allow you to start a double degree in Design & Management with Strate Ecole de Design or in Hospitality, Gastronomy, Event, Management & Luxury Services with Ecole Ferrières.

    Last year: Specializations

    During this 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.

    Program Content 

    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:

    • Work/study option: one week of class, two weeks working for a company

      •  Possible specializations on the Grenoble campus: agility, high tech business, accounting-management control, finance, Innovation for sustainability transition, marketing, brand to market.
      •  Specializations available on the Paris campus: consulting, finance, international business, Human Resources, road to market.

    • Highly qualified students can choose one of the following fields of expertise during their third year:

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

    • • Engineering option in partnership with IMT Atlantique – Brest
      • MSc in Humanitarian Program Management in partnership with Institut Bioforce
      • Geopolitics and prospective option in partnership with IRIS
      • Defense, security and risk management option in partnership with IRIS
      • Geoeconomy and crisis management option in partnership with IRIS
      • Economic intelligence option in partnership with CYTech (EISTI)
      • Video Game Management option in partnership with Institut de l'Internet et du Multimédia

    • Follow a semester of class at:

      • McGill University (Montréal, Canada) - specialization in international management
      • The George Washington University (Washington, USA) - specialization in geopolitics
      • NCCU Taipei (Taipei) – Asian Entrpreneurship and the Global Market Place 
      • Stellenbosch Business School (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – Doing Business in Emerging Markets
      * : Subject to change. Please note that some institutions may not be open every year.

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

        • 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).

        Professional Experience

        Except for students in work/study programs or who have validated the optional internship gap year, 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)

        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.

        Pedagogy & Evaluation

        • Pedagogy

          By joining our Grande Ecole Program, you will join a unique experience. The program is built around 3 main pillars: the human element, experimentation and real-life situations with a cross-disciplinary project each year. At the end of your program, you will be ready to join a company and manage complex situations with an ethical and committed attitude.


          Acquisition of skills and competencies is assessed through continuous assessment, exams, professional experiences, individual work and group projects. Your professional, international and associative experiences are evaluated to measure skills you have learned. An oral exam at the end of your final year.


          In the event of a partial validation of a professional certification, the blocks of competencies that have been validated are considered acquired and a certificate of validation is provided.

        Job Placement: Key Figures (2021 graduates)

        Employment found in less than three months: 92%
        Jobs with international projects: 15%
        <40k€ : 42% | >40k€ - <50k€ : 41% | >50€ : 17%

        See more key figures about job placement

        See graduation rate

        • Industries in which graduates can work:
          • Finance, Management and Accounting
          • Marketing
          • Business
          • Research, consulting
          • Auditing
          • Purchasing and Logistics
          • Human Resources
          This list is of course not exhaustive. There are many opportunities in this program.

          Further study is possible for the MSc graduates, for example, in one of the Advanced Masters or a Doctoral Program.

        Career Services

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

        • The Coach Center helps students plan and prepare their career projects.
        • The Career Center 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, the Career Center 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.

        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 (a minimum of 70% in quantitative section). GMAT Institution code: 0365 
            • GRE - a minimum of 150 in the Verbal Reasoning section, 153 in the Quantitative section 4.0 in Analytical writing. Institution code: 8973
            • 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 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: 110 (minimum of 90 in all bands)
              TOEIC French track applicants ONLY: minimum score of 800
              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.

          • 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 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 2023-2025*

        Master in Management (Grande Ecole Program) - Full tuition fees (2023-2025):
        September 2023: 16,550 Euros (Year 1)
        September 2024: 15,325 Euros (Year 2)
        Optional gap year: 950 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.

        Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

        Financial Aid / Scholarships

        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 a 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

        Student Guide

        Contact a current student to learn more about the program.

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        Updated on 01 June 2023 at 4h59 pm