Global MBA

Do I have the right profile?

Our full-time Global MBA is designed for responsible and high-potential professionals looking to make a career leap through a 12-month intensive and life-changing journey.


  • At least 25 years old when you submit your application (average: 30)
  • At least 3 years of post-university professional experience (excluding internships)
  • International work experience (abroad or in an international environment)
  • A 4-year Bachelor's Degree
  • A competitive GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment or Tage-Mage score*
  • An advanced level of English

*Please bear in mind that you don't need your GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment or Tage-Mage score to start your GMBA journey so don't wait to contact our team of advisors and discuss your profile, project and application!

Our team of advisors will be happy to review your profile and answer any questions you may have. Contact them! 

Admission Schedule

Do you think the Global MBA is the right fit for you? Are you interested in joining us next year?
Applications for the next 2024 cohort run from September 2023 to July 2024. 

Admissions calendar GMBA 23-24

  • Your application will be analyzed by the Admissions Committee: should you be eligible to the program, you will be invited to an interview within 8 to 15 days following the submission of the application
  • Following your interview, and if admitted, you will receive an offer to join ESSEC 7 to 10 days following your interview
  • You will then have 2 weeks to confirm your offer by making a first deposit of € 5,000

In the meantime, feel free to contact us directly to discuss your expectations and learn more.

5 steps to apply

Step 1: Preparation & Tests

Keep in mind, tests can take several months to prepare! Preparing will ensure you attain the highest scores possible for the required tests and then, register for the exams (GMAT/GRE/TAGE MAGE & English).

  • A Management Aptitude Test: GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment or TAGE-MAGE (valid for 5 years)
  • An English Proficiency Test* (validity of 2 years)

MANAGEMENT APTITUDE TEST (GMAT, GRE, Executive Assessment, Tage-Mage)

GMAT Focus edition
The GMAT Focus edition scores are also accepted. We look at applications on a holistic basis and a high GMAT score does not guarantee admission. A preferred minimum score is 585 (exceptions can be made if other elements of your application stand out). In this year's class, the average GMAT Focus edition equivalent score is 615.

ESSEC Codes: please use the following institution codes to send us your scores:

  • GMAT: X6RFV57
  • GRE: 0839

Executive Assessment 
The EA is tailored for busy, experienced professionals and offers flexibility. The exam is 90 minutes and has easy rescheduling options.
It will help evaluate your business school readiness and leverage the practical knowledge you bring to the program.

Find out more



English tests are not required if you:

  • are a native English speaker
  • have pursued your university degree in english
  • have spent the last 3 years in an English speaking environment/country
  • have lived a minimum of 3 years in an English speaking country.

Register for your English Test and send us your scoresTOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or the TOEFL ITP.

  • ESSEC Code for TOEFL: 0520
Step 2 : Online Application
  1. Create your ESSEC Account to start your application online - Click here!
  2. You will receive an email confirmation with your ID and password
  3. Fill out the application form at your convenience, pause, and come back to it at any point.
  4. Complete your essays
Step 3: Checklist & Documents
  • A professional CV/resume (1-2 pages maximum)
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • ID photo, passport style (medium to high-resolution digital image)
  • 1 Scholarship Essay (if applicable)
  • 2 professional referees, please attach two pdf reference letters in your application in this format only
  • Official transcripts of grades from all prior academic establishments (excluding high school)
  • Official degree certificates from all prior academic establishments (excluding high school)
  • If you are a French candidate, a copy of your baccalauréat
  • Original GMAT/GRE or TAGE-MAGE score (Online GMAT Scores are accepted)
  • Original TOEFL or IELTS or TOEIC score
  • Application fee: €130

All documents must be provided in English or French. Official translations will also have to be provided for documents in other languages

GMAT/GRE Waiver: Submit your application now, send in your test scores later!
To ensure you get a spot on the ESSEC Global MBA program, you can apply without GMAT and be accepted into the program pending reception of accepted GMAT scores. You cannot be fully enrolled and benefit from scholarships before ESSEC receives all documents and test scores. Admitted applicants without GMAT should send their GMAT results to the admissions team before the next round deadline.

Step 4: Interview
  • Application review: Your complete application will be fully reviewed by the Admissions Panel. If successful, you will be contacted within 2 weeks for your 30 to 40-minute interview.
  • Interview: The aim during the interview is to demonstrate your motivation (for an MBA, for ESSEC, and what you hope to achieve). The interview will be conducted either in person or over video conference, depending on the location of the candidate. The Panel includes the Academic Director and/or faculty members, Global MBA alumni or students, members of the ESSEC career services team (Talent Center), HR professionals, or headhunters.
Step 5: Results
  • Results: Upon decision, you will be notified within 2 weeks of your interview if you have been offered a place in the ESSEC Global MBA program along with supporting documentation for participants who have to obtain visas.

Please note that all decisions by the Admissions Panel are final and cannot be appealed

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