Admissions - MSc in Sustainability Transformation

Do I have the profile that fits?

  • Have you obtained or are currently pursuing a 4-year Bachelor’s degree at the minimum, or a Master degree in any field of study (engineering, science, mathematics, business, law, humanities & social sciences, economics, etc.)?

  • Are you a high-potential candidate looking to develop your career in sustainability?

  • Are you engaged in social responsibility, invested in making an impact, internationally oriented and have leadership potential?

  • Candidates without the above-mentioned qualifications may also apply if they have at least 5 years of professional experience and wish to finance their tuition fees with their personal funds. Such applications will be examined on an exceptional basis (Maximum 40% of total admitted candidates). Candidates applying on this basis will be evaluated through the Validation des Acquis Professionnels et Personnels (VAPP) procedure.

Application deadlines

The online application portal (AOL) is now open. Application deadlines for the 2024 intake are as follows:





No later than

Round 1

October 30, 2023
(Noon Paris time)

November 23, 2023

November 30 - December 4 

December 8, 2023

Round 2 

January 5, 2024
(Noon Paris time)

February 2, 2024

February 9 - February 15

February 26, 2024

Round 3 

March 1, 2024
(Noon Paris time)

April 8, 2024

April 16 - April 19

April 26, 2024

Round 4

April 19, 2024
(Noon Paris time)
May 28, 2024 May 31 - June 5  June 17, 2024 

Admission process

STEP 1: Anticipate, prepare, and take the tests

You will need to provide:
- 1 English test score - mandatory. The English test is not required if the applicant has spent at least 3 years in a higher education program completely taught in English
The management test (TAGE MAGE, GMAT or GRE) is optional but can add value to your application.





TOEFL iBT Special at Home Edition 

The English tests must not be older than 2 years at the application deadline (application round you choose to apply in)

Minimum score 95
Institution Code: 0520

IELTS Academic

Minimum score 6.5

Cambridge B2 First minimum

Minimum score 175

TOEIC Listening and Reading 

Minimum score 850


It can take several months to prepare and register for an exam slot for the test.
Keep this in mind before starting your application as without this test score uploaded in your application file, it will be incomplete.

For students applying to the majors taught in French, please keep in mind that a minimum level of French equivalent to C1 is necessary.
This test is not mandatory for your application, and eligible candidates will have their level of French assessed during the interview.

STEP 2: Start your online application

Please fill in an online application. Create your account and you will receive an e-mail with your login and pin number. These are required each time you sign in, so keep them safe! You can fill in the application form at our own pace and come back to it at any point.

STEP 3: Upload your supporting documents

A complete application file includes the following items. Incomplete application will not be processed. 

All documents must be provided in English. Official translations must be provided for documents in other languages by a certified translator.



Curriculum Vitae (CV)

1 page max - in English

Degree(s) obtained

Authenticated copies of accredited degrees since high school (school leaving)

While applying, if you do not have your final diploma that makes you eligible for the program, you can apply with an Enrollment Certificate with an expected graduation date. 

Important: By mid-December of your starting year at ESSEC, you will have to provide a copy of your diploma (or a certificate of completion/attendance)

Transcripts / Grade Sheets

Official or authenticated copies from all colleges and universities attended since high school, including exchange programs (simple copies will not be accepted). 

Grading Scale details must be provided

2 References

One academic and one professional reference is highly recommended. 

It is the applicant's responsibility to enter the details of the referee as soon as possible to allow them to send the online recommendation on time. Once you enter their details and click save, a link is sent to them immediately to fill out the recommendation online.

1 English Test

Copy of official score (test taker version)

1 Identity Card

Passport or National Identity Card

1 Photograph

A recent ID photo

Application Fee

100 euros non-refundable and payable online only
Click here to see if you are exempted

All documents must be provided in English or French except the Curriculum Vitae (CV), which should be in English.
Official translations must be provided for documents in other languages by a certified translator.

STEP 4: Submit your application

Once you have completed your online application and have attached all the supporting documents, the final step is to submit your online application.

Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot make changes to your application. 

Please keep in mind that there are several rounds of admissions. The deadlines to submit your application are listed in the table at the top of this page.

STEP 5: Your application is ready for review

Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the admission committee. Each part of your application is taken into account, hence the need to complete it conscientiously. Kindly note that in case clarification is needed, an interview may be scheduled.

STEP 6: Sit your interview

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview via videoconference.

The objective of this interview is:

- To understand you better: your personality and your values
- To evaluate your professional and personal project and its coherence with the program

STEP 7: Get your admission results

Your application will be assessed by the Academic Directors and an admission committee. You will be notified about the result by email (refer to the above-mentioned timetable). 

If you have been successful, you will then be contacted by the Admissions Office to inform you how to confirm your place in the program. 

STEP 8: Secure your seat

Following your admission, make sure to secure your seat in the program by paying the non-refundable deposit within 2 weeks. 

This amount will be deducted from your tuition fee.

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