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Masters in Management (Grande Ecole Program)

Program duration
3 or 4 years - Direct entry in 2nd year for international students
Degree level
Master’s degree recognized by the French government – Grade Master (RNCP level 7, visé par l’Etat)
Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English. Strong quantitative skills. Fluency in French recommended but not mandatory.
Full program fees
€ 15,066 (Year 1), € 13,990 (Year 2), Optional gap year: € 850
Teaching location
12 rue Pierre Sémard 38000 Grenoble

Please note that the information below applies only to international students. French nationals must take French entrance examinations in order to join the Grande Ecole Program (English, French or any other track).

By coming to Grenoble Ecole de Management, you have the opportunity to join one of France’s leading business schools that is ranked Top 6 in France, Top 25 in Europe and Top 50 worldwide.

Our Grande Ecole program is the French equivalent of a two-year Master’s in Management degree. Upon completion, students receive a Master’s level degree that is delivered by the French Ministry of Higher Education and accepted worldwide.

As an international student, you may follow classes in French or English thanks to the English Track option (limited number of spots available). Some of the courses offered require a good level of French, others are taught entirely in English. Certain specializations can be followed in French or English.

In addition, the program offers a variety of language combinations. As a Grande Ecole student, you have access to double degree programs in France or with an international partner university.

Why Choose the Master in Management / Grande Ecole program?

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.

  • 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
  • Multilingual tracks
  • Focus on international aspects of business and management
  • Internship opportunities

Year 2: becoming autonomous

You will join directly the second year of the Grande Ecole program, which would be the first academic year for you.

Highlights of the Year

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

    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.
    * Program content is subject to change

  • You may choose from one of the following options:

    • Management Track in French
      • • Provides you with access to all available specializations
    • English Track: all classes taught in English
      • • Limited spots available. Application required.
    • Work/study option: one week of class, two weeks working for a company
      • • Course in French only ; two available specializations: purchasing and marketing, accounting/finance

    Transcontinental Track

    Follow a semester of class at:*

    • • McGill University (Montréal, Canada) - specialization in international management
    • • The George Washington University (Washington, USA) - specialization in geopolitics
      * : Subject to change. Please note that some institutions may not be open every year.
    • MSc Management in International Business: take part in the first year of this program which focuses on international management and intercultural environments.
      • • To earn this degree (in addition to the DESMA), students must write a dissertation during their third year (or during a placement year in company).
      • • Limited number of spots, application required
      • • Additional fees may apply according to GEM policy
    • Transcontinental track :
      Follow the second semester of class at:
      • • Pace University (New York, USA) – specialization in Finance
      • • Sasin School of Management, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand) – specialization in Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

Professional Experience

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)

Internship Gap Year (optional)

    • 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 between 13 and 26 weeks of internship in the same organization, in France or abroad. Fixed-term contracts and business creations are also valid.
    • 1 semester in a company (from 13 to 26 weeks) + Designer-Manager course with Strate Ecole de Design from January leading to a double diploma over 5 years (details and terms with the School).
    • Alternate course in 18 months: after a first semester in a company (from 13 to 26 weeks), the work-study program begins in January for a period of 18 months in the same company. Specialization course on CSR from January 2022. Obligation to reside in France for at least 1 year and be under 30 years of age.

    * Additional administrative fees may apply.

Year 3: Preparing for the Future

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 - Year 3 (DESMA degree)

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:

    • Management Track
    • 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, international human resource management, marketing, road to market
        Specializations available on the Paris campus: consulting, finance, international business, road to market.
    • English Track: all classes taught in English
      • Requires application process
    • Digital Marketing Factory option: specialization geared towards digital business and business models of tomorrow
      • Classes based on a virtual company that enable students to develop their creative marketing skills as well as a better understanding of the future of digital business
  • 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.

Double Degree Abroad (more than 15 options available)

Several agreements with international universities include double degree programs.

  • Follow a semester of class at:

    • McGill University (Montréal, Canada) - specialization in international management
    • The George Washington University (Washington, USA) - specialization in geopolitics
  • 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.

Job Placement: Key Figures

Employment found in less than four months: 97%
85% of graduates received long-term work contracts 
<40k€ : 46% | 40k€ - 50k€ : 38% | >50k€ : 16%

See career statistics

Career Services

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

  • The Center for Personal and Managerial Development helps students plan and prepare their career projects.
  • The Careers, Alumni and Employer Relations service (CARE) 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, CARE 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.

    • October 15th 2019
    • November 15th 2019
    • January 30th 2020
    • February 28th 2020
    • March 30th 2020
    • April 30th 2020
    • May 15th 2020
    • November 2019
    • December 2019
    • February 2020
    • March 2020
    • April 2020
    • May 2020

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: Internet-based (IBT): 94 (minimum score of 22 in Reading and Speaking; minimum score of 21 in Listening and Writing). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
      • OR IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all areas (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
      • OR Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE): A,B,C
      • OR Pearson Test of English (PTE): 63 (minimum score of 59 in each section)
      • Not accepted for English track: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: First (FCE) and others not listed above
      • French track applicants ONLY: TOEIC with a minimum score of 800 can be accepted
      • English test waiver can be granted if a Bachelor’s degree was taught fully through the medium of English (official proof required)
    • 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 or professional 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 2020-2021*

Master in Management (Grande Ecole Program) - Full tuition fees (2020-2022): 28,966 Euros
September 2020: 15,066 Euros (Year 1)
September 2021: 13,900 Euros (Year 2)
Optional gap year: 850 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.
  • Students are required to pay an additional 250€ in student services and administrative fees in Year 1 and a further 250€ for student card renewal in Year 2.

Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

Financial Aid / Scholarships

Scholarship descriptions and application guidelines.

Note

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 specific country after their GEM program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Visa requirements may apply to International Students in order to study or work in the 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

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