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Grande Ecole Program

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  • 300 ECTS
  • Jan. 2023 - Sept. 2023
  • 60 Months
  • FR or EN
  • € 7 910 (Jan. 2023)
  • € 10 300 (Sept. 2023)

State-controlled master's degree


Our objective is to train managers and entrepreneurial leaders, with a transdisciplinary approach to management, capable of evolving in a global environment by emphasizing the following themes:
  • Business Development
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

The “Grande Ecole” program may be taken in French or English (English Track)*
* For students with a good level of English (it is not necessary to be bilingual at the start).

RNCP 35112 – DipViGrM – Diplôme EDC Paris Business School – Master’s Degree

LEARNING Objectives

→ Offer solid general management training based on an experiential and innovative pedagogy

→ Develop entrepreneurial, innovative, responsible and transdisciplinary leaders (the humanists of the 21st century)

→ Favor customized curriculums with a portfolio of specializations, dual degrees and courses of excellence

→ Benefit from the reputation and know-how of EDC Paris Business School in entrepreneurship and in guidance for business creation (Student Entrepreneur Course)

→ Integrate a high-level professionalization dimension via work-study programs, internships, missions within companies and personal development courses (“soft skills”)


→ Innovative teaching methods that increase professionalism

  • Every year, there are seminars devoted to “soft skills” and personal development
  • Obligatory courses to train 21st century humanists: digital transformation, coding, big data, geopolitics, cultural studies, climate issues and the energy transition

→ 5 courses of excellence

  • French track
  • English track
  • Global mobility track (3 continents, 30 months abroad)
  • Luxury Management track (taught in French or English)
  • Global Sports Management track (English)

→ Obligatory, significant exposure to other cultures and countries

  • Courses taught 100% in English from the first year
  • Minimum of 8 months abroad, up to 30 months possible

→ 20 double degrees available

→ A pioneering system for providing support to entrepreneurs

→ More than two thirds of the students on the Master cycle are apprentices

conquer the world

Do you like travelling? International experience is at the heart of our work. With more than 110 partner universities, all of which are recognized and accredited, students in the Grande Ecole Program can spend up to 30 months abroad and obtain a double degree through our Global Mobility Track.

→ It is obligatory to do at least one academic exchange

→ All students must carry out at least one overseas placement during their “bachelor” cycle.


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1st and 2nd year

Phase 1: The Pillars of Management

  • Master the fundamentals of management science (accountancy, financial analysis, marketing, sales, decision support methods, human resources, etc.)
Personal development and cultural studies
  • Have good knowledge of the humanities in the digital era – design, coding, climate change, digital platforms – in order to interact effectively with other disciplines (engineers, designers, IT specialists, etc.).
  • Develop self-knowledge and the key principles of communication within the company
Discovering the professional environment
  • Discover sales and marketing through company placements
  • Experience project-based learning through “real-life” missions covering key subjects: innovation, financial analysis, new models for growth
  • Attend professional efficiency workshops in order to make a greater impact within a company
International skills, obviously
  • Obligatory English courses from the 1st to the 5th year
  • The possibility of studying a second modern language
  • A course taught entirely in English from the 1st year
  • The obligation to do an overseas placement in either the 1st or2nd year.

    3rd and 4th year

    Phase 2 : Integrated management

    Integrated management a systemic vision of management

    Acquire an all-round vision of the company and understand the interactions between the main functions of an organisation: finance, strategy, supply chain, information systems

    Responsible managers for the digital era
    • Understand how digital transformation impacts companies
    • Understand companies’ social responsibility and the importance of ethics
    • Master methods of design thinking and creativity
    • Know how to manage a team efficiently
    Obligatory international experience
    • A minimum of one semester of international exposure: 110 high-level partner universities on the five continents
    • Learn foreign languages in face to face and on-line classes (English + optional 2nd modern language)

    We offer you the opportunity to spend part of your studies abroad by following the core curriculum of our Master Grande Ecole on our EAE campus in Barcelona, Spain.

    Ranked as one of the top business schools in the world, EAE Business School will offer you the opportunity to enrich your skills while discovering a new culture and learning to master a new language.

    Option: year out

    EDC Paris Business School offers its “Grande Ecole” program students the opportunity of taking a year out for either professional (placement / short-term contract) or personal (association or humanitarian project) purposes. This year out must be taken between the 4th and 5th years.

    A placement to test a career option

    A long placement in France or abroad to refine a career choice and to gain experience of taking responsibility.

    4th and 5th year

    Phase 3: Specialise

    Increase your expertise to make yourself more employable

    1. Work-study in French or bilingual

    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Audit and Management control
    • Corporate Finance
    • Digital Marketing
    • Commercial management and business development
    • E-business and digital transformation (bilingual)
    • Human resources and transformation of organisations (bilingual)*
    • Management du luxe (hybrid: full-time course – work-study)
      *leading to a double degree

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    2. Full english (Full-English track) – Full time course

    • International Business*
    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship*
    • Finance*
    • Data Science and Business Analysis *
    • Global Luxury Brand Management
    • Global Sports Management
    • Strategic Supply Chain Management and Sustainability
    • Management and Information System Consulting
      * possibility of obtaining a double degree Master Grande Ecole / MSc from the Conférence des grandes écoles by taking an additional semester

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    3. Excellence Track

    • French Track
    • English Track
    • Global Mobility track
    • Luxury Management Track (100% English)
    • Global Sports Management Track (100% English)

    -> More information about program content

    Succeed in joining the world of work
    • Seminars to help you strengthen your position as a manager and a director
    • Help with finalising your career plans and strengthening your personal capital and impact
    • Courses to help prepare for the TOEIC and the TOEFL, reference tests demonstrating your level of English
    • An apprenticeship contract OR a specialisation placement and a final placement that aims to lead to a job
    Preparation for working globally
    • Courses to help prepare for the TOEIC and the TOEFL, reference tests demonstrating your level of English
    • Learn English and another foreign language.
    • The possibility of an academic exchange in the 4th year and of obtaining a double degree abroad in the 5th year.

    Double degrees

    Each student of the Grande Ecole Programme systematically benefits from a double degree combining the MSc degree of the school with a second degree delivered by a partner institution (EFREI / ESTACA / EBI / University of Miami), at no extra cost. The double degree allows you to develop your knowledge andto acquire new expertise, in France or abroad, which is a real asset in gaining quicker access to a higher-level and better-paid position.

    Double degrees
    • MBA Luxury Brand Management – EDC PBS / Institut Sup de Luxe
    • MSc Luxury & Fashion Management – EDC PBS / Institut Sup de Luxe, MSc de la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
    • MSc Global Luxury Management – EDC PBS / Institut Sup de Luxe, MSc de la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
    • MSc Data Science & Business Analysis – MSc from the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
    • MSc International Business – MSc of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
    • MSc Finance – MSc from the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
    • MSc Innovation & Entrepreneurship – MSc from the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
    • Master in Marketing and Opinion Research Management – University of Cergy-Pontoise
    • Master in Financial Instruments Management – University of Cergy-Pontoise
    • Master’s degree in accounting and auditing – University of Paris Ouest Nanterre
    Double degrees aboard
    • In Europe
      • Master in Finance, Control, Audit – Coventry University (Royaume-Uni)
      • MBA in Business Studies – Richmond University (Royaume-Uni)
      • Master in International Business – Griffith College (Irlande)
      • Master in Marketing and International Business – Saxion University of Applied Sciences (Pays-Bas)
      • Master in Marketing – Mälardalen University (Sweden)
      • Master’s in business studies – Cologne Business School (Germany)
      • Master of International Business – University of Bucharest (Romania)
    • In North of America
      • DESS/Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship – McGill University (Canada)
      • DESS/Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing – McGill University (Canada)
      • DESS/Graduate Certificate in Data Management – McGill University (Canada)
      • Graduate Certificate in Business Studies – Berkeley University (USA)
      • Graduate Certificate in Business Studies – UCLA (USA)

    Double Degree Manager-Engineer

    A hybrid and innovative double degree

    EDC Paris Business School has concluded numerous partnership agreements withschoolsof engineersfor all its graduate students from the grande école programme.Such as the French School of Electronics and Information Technology (EFREI), The Graduateschooldes Techniques Aéronautiques et de Construction Automobile (ESTACA), the School of Industrial Biology (EBI), the University of Miami…

    In order to meet with the new expectations of students and recruiters, this new dual programme aims to train a new generation of international managers-engineers and leaders, capable of adapting to various work environments, thus offering an atypical profile sought after by companies.

    The students of the EDC Paris Business School will be able to distinguish themselves by following a semester in the School of Industrial Biology. The 5th year students of the International Business, Supply Chain, Finance, Innovation & Entrepreneurship specialisations of the Grande Ecole Programme will have the possibility of joining and validating the Specialised Master’s Degree in Management of Regulatory Affairs for Perfumes and Cosmetics, taught 80% in English, or the Specialised Master’s Degree in Quality, Risk and CSR Management, Process Validation. This dual degree will allow them to add the EBI alumni network to their professional contacts.

    EBI student-engineers in the Design and Development; Quality and Regulation; Processes and Production; and Research and Application majors will be able to complete their training by taking a two-semester course in one of the specialities of the EDC Paris Business School’s Grande Ecole programme. Capitalising on the level of English required for its engineering diploma (TOEIC 820), EBI has chosen two specialisations from the vast EDC programme that are taught in English, one of which is a sandwich course. Future engineer-managers will have the choice between International Business, or Data Science and Business Analysis.

    This double degree will be validated by a 6-month end-of-study internship, co-supervised by teacher-researchers from both schools.

    Entrepreneurship being a strong point for both schools, students will also benefit from cross courses. In addition, management courses will be given to EBI students and EDC Paris Business School students will be able to take courses in cosmetics.

      Experience-based teaching that greatly improves professionalism

      • Real-life advisory missions to be carried out from the 1st to the 4th year of the “Grande Ecole” program
      • More than 2/3 of each intake do their specialisation (Master cycle) in a work-study format
      • Annual personal development seminars and help with career development for “Grande Ecole” students
      • Placements lasting a minimum of 16 months in French and overseas companies
      • Nearly 50% of an intake do their specialisation (Master cycle) in a work-study format
      • Strong participation in key decision-making bodies in the French entrepreneurial ecosystem (Pépite, CRA, etc.)

        The Student Entrepreneur track

        A system accessible from the 1st year

        The Student Entrepreneur track is aimed at students who wish to create or take over a company while reconciling academic obligations and the demands of entrepreneurship. The Student-Entrepreneur will be coached by a lecturer-researcher specialising in entrepreneurship and mentored by an entrepreneur who is an EDC Paris Business School graduate*. Those students who are selected will have access to the EDCube incubator.

        *The project is subject to the approval of a panel of entrepreneurs and representatives from support services.

        Babson Collaborative for Entrepreneurship

        Since November 2021, EDC Paris Business School has become a member of the “Babson Collaborative for Entrepreneurship”, a group of higher education institutions focused on mobilising the resources necessary to develop the teaching of entrepreneurial skills.

        This network aims to promote knowledge sharing and support entrepreneurship through the creation of support programmes and innovative teaching practices for our students.

        High-level sports and arts

        Boost your career by taking it to the next level

        Do you wish to pursue a career as a top-level artist or sportsman while continuing your studies to anticipate a future reconversion? Our school gives you the means to prepare yourself in the best conditions in order to put your fighting spirit at the service of your ambition. Don’t miss the opportunity to come and train to become a marketing, finance and management professional.

        What we offer you in addition:

        • The possibility to adjust your schedule.
        • A campus where sport is in the spotlight.
        • A sports office where you can meet up with rugby, golf, sailing, soccer, go-karting, tennis, athletics, horseback riding, etc. enthusiasts.
        • Arts and Media Society offers activities in graphic design, music, audiovisual, photography and media-communications

        Welcome to you, future graduates driven by the desire to surpass themselves, eager to accelerate and succeed in a world of performance and demands.


        Students are evaluated in many different ways throughout their course:

        The type of examination is adapted to the level of teaching: during the 1st cycle, examinations (Multiple Choice, tests of knowledge, practical exercises) mainly aim to confirm knowledge acquisition. Later, students are mainly evaluated through case studies, role-play exercises and presentation of project work.

        Each placement requires a report to be written demonstrating that the relevant skills have been acquired.

        In the 5th year, students submit an End of Studies Thesis (EST) and defend it before a jury composed of two professors. The validation of the EST is one of the requirements for the diploma.

        More generally, we use the following six levels of cognitive skill to evaluate our students:

        Understand: quizzes, pairing exercises, etc.
        Recognise / Know: quizzes, pairing exercises, etc.
        Apply: (practical exercises, simulations, etc.)
        Analyse: (problem-solving, case studies, etc.)
        Evaluate: (case studies, critiques, etc.)
        Create: (projects, etc.)

        Professors award bonus points for active participation in class or in remote sessions when students contribute to a discussion forum.

        Conquer the world

        International experience is at the heart of our work. With more than 100 recognised, accredited partner universities, students on the “Grande Ecole” program can carry out up to 30 months of their course abroad and obtain a double degree thanks to our Global Mobility Track.

        Work-study basis

        Alternating internship

        An alternating internship is halfway between a classic internship and a work-study program.

        It generally lasts longer than a simple internship (6 to 10 months), and the student’s status is not the same as in the case of a sandwich course.

        The alternating internship must take place according to the training schedule, i.e. 3 weeks in the company / 1 week in the training program.

        The host organization can pay for the student’s training costs in full, in part or not at all. This negotiation takes place between the student and the company.

        The school can intervene as a support. In all cases, as the internship is longer than 2 months, the student receives a salary at least equivalent to the legal salary in force.

        The interest of the alternating internship is that it constitutes an immersion in the professional world which allows the student to put into practice his theoretical knowledge.

        Apprenticeship contract

        The apprenticeship contract is a written employment contract of limited duration (CDL) or unlimited duration (CDI) between an employee and an employer.

        It allows the apprentice to follow a sandwich course in a company under the responsibility of an apprentice master and in an apprentice training center (CFA) for 6 months to 3 years.

        The apprenticeship contract must follow the training schedule, i.e. 3 weeks in the company / 1 week of training.

        Since January 1, 2020, the cost of the training is covered by the skills operators (OPCO), according to a level set by the professional branches according to the field of activity of the title or diploma in question (or, failing that, by decree, particularly when the training has never been provided in apprenticeship).

        For contracts lasting more than one year, the cost of the training is covered for each year of the contract. Coverage is granted on a pro rata basis for the last year of the contract.

        When the duration of the contract is less than one year, the amount is calculated on a pro rata basis according to the level of annual support.

        In the event of early termination of the apprenticeship contract, payment is made on a pro rata basis for the duration of the apprenticeship contract. Any month of the contract started is due.

        This formula allows the student to acquire a unique long-term experience as a real company employee (1 week at school – 3 weeks in the company). In addition, it guarantees a salary between 27 and 100 of the SMIC depending on age and level of study.

        Theinterest of the alternating internship is that it constitutes an immersion in the professional world which allows the student to put into practice his theoretical knowledge. It thus enables the student to obtain a qualified diploma at the end of his or her studies.

        DIVE Skills Passport

        A real accelerator of access to employment, the DIVE Skills Passport is a tool that identifies and validates skills in theThe exercise of a given situation (when e.g. internships or work-linked training). It values both the academic and practical knowledge acquired throughout the students’ career.


        The DIVE Skills Passport allows each student on placement to self-assess their skills, in addition to their tutor’s grading, in order to empower themselves and highlight their achievements.


        For the company hosting a student on a work-study programme, the DIVE Skills Passport makes it possible to professionalise the student more quickly, within the framework of a perfectly supervised educational project.


        The DIVE Skills Passport thus enables employers to better identify the range of skills (hard skills et soft skills) developed in the field, likely to respond perfectly to its expectations and needs.




        1st year – post-bac access



        SESAME is the competitive entrance exam common to 14 international commerce and management Grandes Ecoles; it is the reference competitive entrance exam system for Post-Bac entry to Grandes Ecoles.

        To prepare for the SESAME exam and to find out more about the procedure, visit

        The SESAME competition also provides a training platform for the exam

        Written: April 12, 2023 – 100% digital

        Remote tests from the candidate’s home in synchronous mode.

        → Reasoning & skills – MCQ 45 questions – 1h
        → Literature review – MCQ 20 questions – 2h
        → Contemporary issues – MCQ 40 questions – 30 min
        → 2 foreign languages (including English) – MCQ 35 questions per language – 1 hour (30 min max per language)

        Oral examinations: from April 27 to May 19, 2023 – in person

        Face-to-face tests on campus (depending on the health context).

        The exact dates will be communicated later according to the Parcoursup calendar.

        Registration fee

        The flixed price is 295 Euros, whatever the number of programmes/schools chosen.

        Payment of registration fees for the competition is made directly on Parcoursup from March 30 to April 7, 2023.

        3rd & 4th yearbac+2 and bac+3 access


        Ambitions +

        The competition consists of 3 tests and 7 competition sessions from January to September:

        → The common written tests will take place at a distance (day 1)

          • English: 3 themes (1h)
          • Aptitude test: 4 themes (1h)

        → The oral tests will be held in half days at the schools of your choice (days 2 and 3).

          • Oral test: Individual interview in French and English (45 minutes)



        French students 2nd year

        → French students – 2nd year of Grande Ecole Program:consideration of an application followed by selection interviews for chosen candidates

        his access route is open to candidates who have completed a first year, thus obtaining 60 ECTS credits, in:

        • A university course,
        • A course leading to a degree approved by the State or to an RNCP
        • An intensive foundation course for access to Grandes Ecoles in any subject

        The application must contain:

        • The list of marks obtained in the Baccalaureate, those from the current academic year and/or a certificate from the current course
        • A reference.

        If the application is accepted, an interview will be organised to evaluate the candidate’s previous education and motivation

        International students 1st to 4th year

        International students – 1st to4th year of the Grande Ecole course: application form + motivation interview and language tests for selected students.

        Tuition fees


        → All Students: 7 910 Euros*.

        * rates for the 2023/2024 academic year

        SEPTEMBER 2023

        → French or European Union students: 10 300 Euros per year*

        → International students: 10 900 Euros per year*

        * rates for the 2023/2024 academic year

        For more information, the admissions department offers personalised appointments by telephone on +33 1 46 93 02 70 or by e-mail


          Are you wondering how to finance your studies? Find out more about the methods established by EDC Paris Business School to help you finance your studies.

          We offer a laptop computer for all our first year scholarship holders.

          Up to 50% discount on first year tuition fees.

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            Directrice académique : Camille Cherkaoui

            Education department: Laurie-Anne Marquez

            Naomi Willhel
            Vincent Rouve
            Yassine Dinane

            Referent for disability: Isabelle Fontanella
            If you have a disability,
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              Validation des acquis par l'expérience (VAE)

              Professionals can apply to have their skills acquired in a professional situation recognized through a VAE process.

              For more information, contact our Admissions Department by email at or by phone at +33(0)7 60 43 67 44 or +33(0)7 60 43 71 46


              ALUMNI NETWORK

              Force EDC” is the network of former EDC Paris Business School students.

              It consists of 18,500 members in 71 countries throughout the world.

              The association has three main missions:

              • Support the network of graduates in France and throughout the world
              • Support graduates throughout their career, wherever they might be, with personalised services
              • Promote EDC Paris Business School through events and meetings in France and throughout the world.

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              Careers service

              Find the job of your dreams with our “Career Center” which publishes more than 3,000 placement and 2,500 job offers every year.

              By helping our students successfully start their careers through our network of more than 2,800 companies, every year we monitor our young graduates’ entry into the job market.

              We offer one course per semester from the 1st to the 5th year dedicated to professional effectiveness and career workshops (CV, cover letter, interview preparation).

              -> For more information

              Career opportunities

              → A network of alumni including more than 18,500 graduates of whom 5,000 are company bosses working in 71 countries

              → A strong attachment that has led, over the last 20 years, to more than 300 alumni becoming owners of their school.

              A few figures

              Graduation rate of 99% – Number of students: 827 – Satisfaction rate: 4/5 – Survey return rate: 76% – Drop-out rate : < 1%


              Student associations

              Commitment to associations and solidarity are at the heart of EDC Paris Business School’s teaching program. Students can join one of the School’s 13 associations or commit to a partner association and carry out missions in the non-mercantile, solidarity economy.


              Students choose to join one of EDC Paris Business School’s associations (Students’ Union, Sports’ Association, Gala EDC, Entrepreneurs Club, etc.).