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Global MBA

Experience a learning-by-doing approach

A truly personal and international program 

“Experience your management education in either one of our campuses leveraging ESSEC’s international reach and local capabilities. You will focus on fundamental business concepts through strong academic and innovative learning approaches. You will also benefit from immersion in real-world projects and business situations through business trips and company visits which will provide you with the skills needed to succeed in landing your dream job. So if you are ready to live up to this challenge, we will be thrilled to welcome you.”

Aarti RAMASWAMI
Academic Director, ESSEC Global MBA

Program Structure

Over the course of the year, you will obtain a solid foundation in core business concepts, specialize in a particular area through one of our 3 majors, in the multicultural environment provided by our campuses in France and Singapore.

Core courses are taken by all students together whereas during the elective courses you may be in class with students from other programs. Throughout the year, students also go through continuous personal and professional development activities such as mentoring, networking, preparation of CV, interviews, placements, and so on.

The ESSEC Global MBA program offers three Majors on our two campuses:

Customize your MBA

During the core semester, you will acquire a solid foundation in business concepts. This allows you to tailor the MBA to your individual needs and goals through your major choice, as well as benefit from immersion in consulting projects, business trips and hands-on experience.

  • Term 0 September
    France
    or Singapore
    Robust Foundation
    • Leadership Training
    • Management of People at Work
    • Negotiations
    Major
    • + MAJOR
  • Term 1 Oct-Dec
    France
    or Singapore
    Robust Foundation
    • Financial Accounting
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Strategic Management
    • French Classes (France) / French/Mandarin Classes (Singapore)
    Major
    • + MAJOR
  • Term 2 Jan-March France
    or Singapore
    Robust Foundation
    • Economics
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Operations Management
    • Digital Disruption
    • French Classes (France) / French/Mandarin Classes (Singapore)
    Major
    • + MAJOR
    FIELD TRIPS
    DIGITAL WEEK COMPETITION IN FRANCE
  • Term 3 Apr-Jun France
    or Singapore
    Major
    • + MAJOR
  • Summer Jul-Sep France
    or Singapore
    CAPSTONE CONSULTING FIELD PROJECT
  • Term 0 Sept France
    Robust Foundation
    • Leadership Training
    • Management of People at Work
    • Negotiations
    • Advanced Excel
    Major
    • Cultural Foundations of Luxury
  • Term 1 Oct-Dec France
    Robust Foundation
    • Financial Accounting
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Strategic Management
    • French Classes
    Major
    • Global Luxury Economy
    • Marketing for Luxury
    • Strategic Management of Luxury Brands
    • Luxury Consumption and Consumer Behavior
    • EthiWork Workshop on Sustainability in Luxury
    • Training: Power BI
  • Term 2 Jan-March France
    Robust Foundation
    • Economics
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Operations Management
    • Digital Disruption
    • French Classes
    Major
    • Design Management
    • Luxury Distribution and Retail Management
    • Luxury Brand Management
    • Managing Sectors: Jewelry, Wine & Spirits, Perfume & Cosmetics, Watches
    • Semiotics and Communication
    • VIP Access: ChangeNOW International summit for change
    BUSINESS TRIPS: HONG KONG, NEW YORK, ITALY
    DIGITAL WEEK COMPETITION IN FRANCE
    Day Trip to Switzerland: Watch Business in Switzerland
  • Term 3 Apr-Jun France
    Major
    • Art and Culture Management
    • Counterfeit in Luxury
    • Boutique Internship (Optional)
  • Summer Jul-Sep France
    CAPSTONE CONSULTING FIELD PROJECT
  • Term 0 Sept France
    Robust Foundation
    • Leadership Training
    • Management of People at Work
    • Negotiations
    • Advanced Excel
    Major
    • Fundamentals of Digital Business
  • Term 1 Oct-Dec France
    Robust Foundation
    • Financial Accounting
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Strategic Management
    • French Classes
    Major
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Business Law: Effective Leadership through Legal Literacy
    • Statistical Analysis for Management
    • Training: Tableau Software
  • Term 2 Jan-March France or Singapore
    Robust Foundation
    • Economics
    • Managerial Accounting
    • Operations Management
    • Digital Disruption
    • French Classes (France) / French/Mandarin Classes (Singapore)
    Major
    • Strategic Consulting (France) / 21st Century Transformations (Singapore)
    • Ethics, Business & Society (France) / Geopolitics (Singapore)
    • Design Thinking Workshop (Singapore)
    • Applied Macro-Economics
    BUSINESS TRIPS: LUXEMBOURG AND AMSTERDAM
    DIGITAL WEEK COMPETITION IN FRANCE
  • Term 3 Apr-Jun France or Singapore
    Major
    • Managing in Complexity
    • Supply Chain Analytics & Tools
    • International Economics
    • Competitive Strategy
    • Business Intelligence
    • Product Management
    • Optional Exchange Program with Mannheim Business School
    • ...and many more
  • Summer Jul-Sep
    CAPSTONE CONSULTING FIELD PROJECT
  • Term 0 Sept Singapore
    Robust Foundation
    • Leadership Training
    • Management of People at Work
    • The Art of Negotiation
    • Global Negotiator: Making Deals Across Cultural Borders
    • Advanced Excel for Managers
    • Financial Accounting Refresher
    Major
    • -
  • Term 1 Oct-Dec Singapore
    Robust Foundation
    • Financial Accounting
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Strategic Management
    • French/Mandarin Classes
    Major
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Business Law: Effective Leadership through Legal Literacy
    • Statistical Analysis for Management
  • Term 2 Jan-March France or Singapore
    Robust Foundation
    • Macro-Economics
    • Managerial Accounting and Control
    • Operations Management
    • Digital Disruption
    • French/Mandarin Classes (Singapore / French Classes (France)
    Major
    • Business Model Innovation in the Digital Age
    • Digital Disruption
    • Geopolitics and Business
    • Business and Society, Sustainability, Responsible Leadership Seminar
    BUSINESS TRIPS: LUXEMBOURG AND AMSTERDAM
    DIGITAL WEEK COMPETITION IN FRANCE
  • Term 3 Apr-Jun Singapore
    Major
    • Business Analytics
    • Cyber Security Strategy for Business Leaders
    • Project Management for Digital Initiatives
  • Summer Jul-Sep France
    CAPSTONE CONSULTING FIELD PROJECT

During my MBA I spent time in six different countries – France, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Germany and India – not only taking academic courses, but also visiting companies, creating social enterprises for global competitions and completing my international immersion projects, where I had the opportunity to work for one of the biggest IT companies in India for eight weeks. One of the other most enriching experiences of my MBA was the diversity of the class, which included people of 14 different nationalities! There were people from Qatar, India, Mexico and China, people who had served in the military in Afghanistan, people who had PhDs. This all enriches the Global MBA experience and the discussions we had made it clear that cultural factors are important when doing business internationally.”

 

Leonardo Banegas, Honduras, Global MBA Class of 2013

What makes the program unique?

ESSEC Global MBA offers three Majors with an overall emphasis on international markets, designed to give you within a year, the tools and knowledge necessary to be successful in today’s competitive market.

You will have the privilege of being taught by ESSEC’s world renowned faculty, comprised of more than 160 individuals representing 36 nationalities and the world’s most prestigious institutions. The program relies on international professors who are experts in their individual fields and will enrich the experience through case studies that draw on each of the sectors.


Leaders are Born and So Are You!

Mentor Program

You will be paired with an experienced executive in your sector of interest who serves as mentor throughout the year. The mentor’s role is to offer insight into career prospects and opportunities in your field, as well as support in defining your professional ambitions and in building networks


Leadership Training

During three days of integration into the ESSEC Global MBA, you will be immersed in sustainability issues, and leadership challenges. ESSEC takes great pride in exploring new training and teaching techniques. In order to stay abreast of current sustainability trends and issues the location may change from one year to the next. Over the course of this three-day adventure, you will form a strong bond with the other members of the cohort. This bond will carry you through the year and well into your future.


Experience hands-on learning

Digital Week Competition in France

The ESSEC Global MBA truly prepares you for the Digital Transformation and technological innovations that continue to transform our world of work. During the ESSEC Digital Week Competition, you will work in mixed teams on a consulting project for real companies concerning a digital challenge, and present a professional proposal at the end of the week in front of a panel of company representatives.


International Business Trip

International field trips will enable you to understand contemporary business challenges in different socio-economic and cultural contexts. During the second term, you will embark on a week-long field trip, the location of which changes year to year. This field trip is a mix of cultural and professional activities to help you explore how business is conducted in a different part of the world. During this trip you will complete an industry-focused research project, visit companies, and meet local ESSEC alumni. Past trips have been made to China, South Africa, Russia, Hong Kong, Dubai, Italy, Morocco...

Visit the ESSEC Global MBA blog to find out more about the #ESSECGMBAExperience.


Capstone Consulting Field Project

This final project is specifically designed to give you hands-on experience working with a team on a real-life business problem, enabling you to apply and demonstrate your newly acquired skills and knowledge. Depending on your major, the project could take the form of a say a case competition, or consulting mission, on important and strategic topics defined in collaboration with sponsoring companies. It is centered on a three to four week-long, faculty-supervisor led immersion, culminating in a final written report and presentation, completed during the capstone seminar.

It has been a pleasure for Signify to collaborate with ESSEC Business School’s Global MBA participants on the Capstone project. As leaders in the Lighting IoT space, we are proud to be able to offer participants with business challenges in a dynamic environment where technology is changing rapidly. The participants are able to build critical skills for their future careers and at the same time, help our company by giving us very innovative and interesting approaches to a real business issue. We look forward to continue our collaboration with ESSEC and their programs.

Mahesh Iyer
CEO, Market Group, Growth Markets - Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting)

Meet your main professors

  • Aarti Ramaswami Academic Director of the Global MBA | Professor of Management

    Aarti Ramaswami, teaches Management at ESSEC. She holds a PhD in organizational behaviour and human resources management from Bloomington University, and has published her research in several international journals. She is also the Academic Director of the Global MBA and the Assistant Dean at ESSEC. 

  • Jan Ondrus Strategy & Digital Leadership Major Coordinator, Global MBA

    Associate Professor, Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics (IDS) Department

    Ph.D. in Information Systems - HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne (2007)
    MSc in Information Systems - HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne (2003)

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