1 ESSEC MBA FULL-TIME MBA A flexible MBA blending academic training and professional experience
2 2 Beyond education ESSEC Business School is a pioneer by nature, tirelessly seeking out new and innovative management models based upon its European roots and humanist outlook. Its teaching approach favors independence of thought and is characterized by the varied, comprehensive business course offer. The incorporation of professional and international experience is intended to advance the maturing process, whilst a pronounced geopolitical culture and the spirit of enterprise are shared throughout the school community. All of these qualities combine to enable graduates of ESSEC to become successful leaders in working life. 35 programs at Graduate and Executive Education levels provide students and managers with the opportunity not only to acquire new ideas and concepts, but also to put forward their own and anticipate the consequences in today s uncertain climate. This is achieved in line with the values that make ESSEC a business school with a difference: Humanism, Innovation, Responsibility, Diversity and Excellence. Key figures 3,900 full-time students and executives enrolled on programs each year 90 nationalities present on 3 campuses 125 full-time professors (90% hold a Ph.D. or Doctorate, 40% are of international background) 299 articles and 105 books published over the past 5 years 35 programs 16 double-degree agreements 118 partner universities in 30 countries: a global exchange network 280 partner companies involved in educational programs and recruitment 32,000 Alumni and 42 international Alumni offices in the world s major capital cities 100+ student associations - 3 halls of residence rooms
3 3 Best of France - World Recognition As one of France s premier institutions, ESSEC Business School is recognized firstly for its highly selective admissions policy. We are looking for the leaders of the future, and our MBA philosophy is rooted in a strong belief that if you have the genuine human potential to be a leader, it is never too early to start. Our MBA program is notable for its flexible structure, and for the diversity of its academic courses and its student profiles. Our students build their own curriculum from a large choice of academic courses, special tracks, international exchange programs and professional placements. The highly demanding level of individual and social responsibility required during their studies helps to raise our students awareness of the communities in which they will work in the future. At ESSEC, we are also proud of the outstanding relations we enjoy with the corporate world, for they offer our students the best possible transition to their future working life. Professor Laurent Bibard Dean for MBA Programs Accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)
4 4 An internationally-renowned Faculty Over 125 permanent professors 30 visiting professors from prestigious international universities (IIMA Ahmedabad, India - University of Mannheim, Germany - Keio University, Japan - Bocconi University, Italy - INSEAD, France ) Close to 40% foreign professors 35 different citizenships At ESSEC, we have a very interactive approach to teaching. We offer an open environment that encourages students to become active participants in the classroom. In addition, a large number of exchange students from world renowned business schools allows for crosscultural perspectives and exchanges on many current strategic and consumer behavior issues. Sonja PROKOPEC, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Marketing Department ESSEC Business School Alumnus: University of Houston, TX The quality of a higher education institution is, first and foremost, a reflection of the quality of its Faculty. ESSEC is an academic institution of excellence where research activity nourishes the act of teaching on a daily basis and infuses our collaborations with business. 125 permanent professors, educated by the world s top universities, carry on ESSEC s world-renowned tradition for academic excellence. The greatest asset to ESSEC s ambition and dynamism is a Faculty capable of marrying the richness of our European heritage with the complexity of a global world." Jean-Marc XUEREB, Dean of the Faculty
5 5 Research in numbers 299 articles and 105 books published over the past 5 years Some examples of recent Faculty books Hamid BOUCHIKHI, ESSEC and John KIMBERLY Jr, Wharton School. The Soul of the Corporation. How to Manage the Identity of your Company Upper Saddle River, New Jersey (USA): Wharton School Publishing, Marie-Laure DJELIC and Radu VRANCEANU, ESSEC (Editors). Moral Foundations of Management Knowledge Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing, Research at ESSEC: a safe bet! Institutional Research Partners: Mannheim Business School SCANCOR - Stanford University THEMA Cergy-Pontoise University The Ph.D. ESSEC Business School is the first French institution to offer a Ph.D. program that meets the highest international standards. It trains future professors, researchers, and consultants at a top of international level. René DARMON, ESSEC. Leading the Sales Force. A Dynamic Management Process Cambridge (Great Britain): Cambridge University Press, Marc DEMANGE, Director of Research Center Our current performance in research compares very favorably with that of the best schools in Europe, if not the world. Research projects are conducted with the intention of forming new concepts and offering relevant solutions, thereby making a significant contribution to progress in management theory. The quality and quantity of the publications produced year after year and covering a variety of areas serve as proof of the maturity our institution has acquired in terms of research
6 6 ESSEC in the rankings ESSEC features in prestigious international rankings, notably the Wall Street Journal Top Business Schools recruiters MBA Picks, which rated the ESSEC MBA 7 th best in the world and the n 1 MBA in the world from which recruiters would hire graduates. Particular distinction is given to the quality of the school s programs and its corporate relations, and the open mind, entrepreneurial spirit, and personal integrity of ESSEC graduates. Rankings in the French financial press l Expansion also recognize ESSEC s status as a top business school, with particular mention made of the excellent preparation of students for the working world and the rapid evolution in salaries after graduation. Alexander Kobelt, ESSEC MBA graduate (Berlin, Germany) Trainee Relationship Manager, Deutsche Bank. What distinguishes ESSEC from its competitors - and what convinced me to come here - are the flexibility of the academic program and the internship set-up, the numerous specializations and tracks available to students, and the strength of the careers service. ESSEC has a very strong brand value with employers of all sectors so, upon graduation, I received many attractive job offers. In addition, ESSEC taught me valuable lessons that will help me throughout my life. Our MBA students are generally aged between 21 and 32 and have up to5 years of working experience behind them.
7 7 The MBA with a difference Flexible, integrated, personalized, diversified The ESSEC MBA is an innovative program designed to bring students up to speed with the challenges of the ever-dynamic business world. We strongly believe that when equipped with the best tools, individuals will make the best choices for themselves. A flexible, customized curriculum lets MBA students combine work and study as they wish. To achieve a seamless integration between classroom and workplace, all students are required to have at least 18 months of validated professional experience by the time they graduate. Students choose from around 200 courses each year, and may specialize in a particular field or discipline of their choice. A personalized coaching system means that all students are guided from the beginning of the program until graduation. Skills are continuously assessed on an ongoing basis, with faculty, staff and alumni serving as coaches, and bringing with them a wide range of experience and expertise. The ESSEC MBA recognizes the importance of cultural diversity, and welcomes students with a wide range of profiles in terms of nationality, background, qualifications and experience. At ESSEC we never stop innovating: we encourage our students to do likewise, and to feel responsible for the communities which they will be managing and leading in the future. ESSEC MBA student profiles 51 % male 49 % female 75 % French 25 % non-french 30 % Economics 28,5 % 15 % Science/Engineering Political Science 13,5 % Literature 2 % 11% Law Pharmacy/Medecine ESSEC MBA admissions 2008 Educational background before ESSEC MBA
8 8 Program structure 4 to 6 trimesters of courses in a flexible format Internships integrated within the academic calendar International experience MBA Year 1 September French Courses Orientation Week French language course Orientation Week Fall Trimester October to December Pre-MBA courses & Core courses Winter Trimester January to March Electives or Core Track in Singapore Spring Trimester April to June Electives, Core Track in Singapore or Internship Academic Program 720 hours minimum each course = 30 contact hours Core Courses 8 courses Financial Accounting, Management Control, Business Economics, Financial Theory, Organizational Behavior, Marketing Management, SI/IT for Managers, Strategy & Management. Elective Courses courses Accounting & Management Control, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Management, Information and Decision Systems, Logistics, Production & Services, Marketing, Urban & Real Estate Management. Modern Language Courses 2-4 courses Arabic, Brazilian, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish. International Experience An international experience of at least 6 months is required for the program. This may take the shape of an international exchange program, a professional or humanitarian mission abroad or the ESSEC MBA Core or Asian Tracks. Previous international experiences may be validated. MBA Year 2 Fall Trimester October to December Electives, International Exchange Program or Double-Degree Program (all year) or Internship Winter Trimester January to March Electives, International Exchange Program or Internship In addition to the basics, MBA students can explore certain fields in depth by choosing to concentrate on one or more disciplines. Others specialize by joining one of the teaching and research chairs or bringing to fruition a business start-up with the help of ESSEC Ventures. Special Tracks 7 research institutes, 16 faculty chairs: Corporate diversity and performance, Private equity, Financial reporting, Hospitality management, Entrepreneurship, E-business, Urban management, Media and entertainment, Health economics, Luxury brand management, International sports marketing, Real Estate, Therapeutic innovation, negociation, etc. Spring Trimester April to June Electives, Internship or International Exchange Program To obtain the ESSEC MBA degree Validate 24 courses including 8 core courses + 18 months of work experience and 6 months of international experience (exchange programs or included in the 18 months work experience).
9 9 16 Faculty Chairs to develop innovative skills Chairs bring ESSEC into close collaboration with businesses keen to develop innovative skills within their sector. The role of Chairs is to advance management science and practice in response to the latest challenges of an international scale. We created the Chair to answer the growing demand of companies looking for future employees capable of defending a sports marketing strategy in front of an executive committee. Our tremendous success encouraged us to continue and build relationships with a growing number of companies. Professor Thierry LARDINOIT Head of the International Sports Marketing Chair When I joined the International Sports Marketing Chair of ESSEC, I was anticipating a double challenge. Personally, I was looking for the development of precise skills and competencies. Collectively, my goal was to contribute to the performance of my company's consulting department. On both levels, I have been fully satisfied. Stéphane ALLIO CEO of Havas Sports Italy After studying in Morocco, I was lucky enough to win a place at ESSEC MBA, the only management school which gave me the chance to develop my entrepreneurial aspirations. My project matured thanks to the courses I followed, and in particular through ESSEC Ventures, the branch which specializes in entrepreneurship. I joined the ESSEC Ventures incubator, alongside other start-ups, and this allowed me to move my project through to the operational phase, after some intensive coaching from the Incubator Director and from a company director. I am currently looking for venture capital for my start-up SysPreaD, which now has its own team on board. This company aims to dematerialize luncheon vouchers via a combination of technologies leaning on GSM networks. ESSEC Ventures gave us a genuine opportunity to develop our project and make people aware of it, and to establish its legitimacy through a wide number of economic partners. Younes LOUBARIS, founder of SysPreaD ESSEC Ventures, the ESSEC platform for entrepreneurs ESSEC offers unique backing to students who start up their own companies: it is the only management school to offer a comprehensive range of courses to all its students, plus a 500-square-meter incubator, and it has the capacity to fund the best student projects through its own seed capital. More than thirty ESSEC students started their own company in 2007 alone, in fields as varied as Internet, media, sustainable development, mobile phone services, cultural services, and the sports industry. Sixty start-ups have been created since 2001, and almost all of them are still in business today. Julien MOREL, Executive Director, ESSEC Ventures
10 10 European education with a worldwide responsible outlook At ESSEC, being aware of global issues and other cultures is not just theory. Particulary thanks to the wide range of international opportunities proposed, ESSEC offers students the necessary tools for effective global leadership. More than 80 MBA Exchange programs ESSEC has been building relations with the best business schools worldwide for the last 20 years. Students have the opportunity to choose one of our 80+ exchange programs. ESSEC welcomes more than 200 international exchange students each year. Nearly half of the MBA class participates in an international exchange program. Internships Abroad In addition to the richness of an academic experience in another country, ESSEC encourages its students to challenge their professional skills by working abroad during their MBA. Immersion in a different culture and work environment will help prepare students to become global managers. Our Career Management Service assists students in finding internships abroad. Studying on the Singapore Campus Core Track A 6-month study period for 1st-year MBA students, enabling them to complete their entire core course requirements on ESSEC s Singapore campus. Asian Track A 6-month study period for final-year MBA students at the end of the curriculum, comprising a series of management courses focused on Asian issues. 8 MBA double-degree programs CHINA GERMANY INDIA JAPAN KOREA MEXICO SINGAPORE Guanghua School of Management, Beijing University University of Mannheim Indian Institute of Management I.I.M. Ahmedabad Keio Business School Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University Graduate School of Business, Seoul National University EGADE, Tec de Monterrey Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University
11 11 North America CANADA: Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary John Molson School of Business, Concordia University University of Ottawa Schulich School of Business, York University Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto Queen's School of Business MEXICO: ITAM EGADE - Tec de Monterrey UNITED STATES: University of California, Berkeley - (CA) University of California, Irvine - (CA) Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine University - (CA) University of Chicago GSB - (IL) Kellogg GSM, Northwestern University - (IL) Freeman School of Business, Tulane University - (LO) Brandeis International Business School - (MA) Fuqua School of Business, Duke University - (NC) Kenan Flagler Business School (UNC) - (NC) Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth - (NH) Johnson GSM, Cornell University - (NY) Owen GSM, Vanderbilt University - (TN) University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - (WI) Thunderbird School of Global Management - (AZ) Europe AUSTRIA: WU Vienna BELGIUM: Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) Solvay Business School FINLAND: Helsinki School of Economics GERMANY: Ludwig-Maximilians University Mannheim University Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management, WHU IRELAND: Trinity College ITALY: Bocconi University Luiss Guido Carli NORWAY: Norwegian School of Economics PORTUGAL: Universidade Nova de Lisboa RUSSIA: Plekhanov Economic Academy SPAIN: ICADE Instituto de Empresa Universitat Pompeu Fabra SWEDEN: Göteborg University UK: University of Edinburgh Management School South America ARGENTINA: UADE/EDDE IAE Universidad Austral Universidad Nacional de Cordóba BRAZIL: Fundação Getulio Vargas USP Coppead PUC CHILE: Universidad de Chile COLOMBIA: Universidad de Los Andes Africa & Middle East ISRAEL: Leon Recanati GSB SOUTH AFRICA: University of Cape Town Asia & Oceania AUSTRALIA: University of Melbourne University of New South Wales Macquarie GSM CHINA: Beijing University Beijing International Studies University Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Tongji University Tsinghua University Fudan University INDIA: IIM Ahmedabad IIM Bangalore IIM Calcutta IIM Lucknow JAPAN: Keio University Waseda University KOREA: Yonsei University Seoul National University Korea University SINGAPORE: National University of Singapore Nanyang Technological University TAIWAN: National Taiwan University THAILAND: Chulalongkorn University Choosing ESSEC was obvious for me as it enabled me to combine my personal preference for France with my desire to consolidate my international experience and skills. ESSEC is without a doubt one of France s top business schools. What attracts me most is the flexibility of the curriculum. In addition, the international exposure you receive at ESSEC and the regular contact with industries mean that, upon graduation, you will have a great many career opportunities. Bin Yang, Former Engineering student 3 years of prior professional experience.
12 12 Personalized Coaching A team of professional tutors in the Corporate/Student Relations Office runs full-time counseling for 3,900 students on all programs, coordinates the monitoring of their career path, and guarantees coherence. Every student chooses an advisor from the academic staff, a graduate of an ESSEC program, or a person with a teaching background. This advisor monitors the student s professional and personal project throughout the courses of study, and offers advice on the choice of courses, in-company work placements, foreign placements and university exchange. Careers Advisory Center Preparation for integration into Professional life: Approximately 2,000 students attend meetings with the Heads of Careers Advice and Guidance of the Corporate-Student Relations Service 3,000 one-on-one interviews per year 2,000 students benefit from preparatory recruitment workshops, receiving advice on writing their CV, letters of motivation, and taking handwriting tests More than 300 recruitment partner companies: 2 recruitment fairs, attended by more than 250 companies 15,000 placement offers, 10% of which are based abroad 5 Careers Roundtables, offering one-off opportunities for students to meet with Alumni 80 presentational meetings with recruiting companies 100 appointments with recruiters per year Annual statistics for The ESSEC MBA Apprenticeship Program An in-company track combining coursework with a professional placement Open to all ESSEC MBA students under 26 years of age, this option enables students to build up a curriculum tailor-made to their career trajectory. The alternating of academic study with practical experience within a company offers students a unique opportunity to apply their knowledge immediately within the field. The company plays a crucial role in the broadening of the student s practical knowledge, contributing specific assignments designed to develop certain skills. A corporate supervisor is on hand to monitor and then validate each student s progress. In addition, this option also represents an excellent means of financing studies: the company covers tuition fees and pays a salary for the entire duration of the placement. In , 30% of ESSEC MBA students opted for the Apprenticeship in-company placement. 32,000 Alumni As well as giving career advice to ESSEC graduates, the ESSEC Alumni Association offers a wide range of services and organizes special events, in order to develop the ESSEC network and image. There are currently 32,000 Alumni worldwide, with 42 Alumni chapters located in cities such as New York, Shanghai, London, Tokyo, and Singapore.
13 13 After the MBA How long did the job search last? (in %) What functions do MBA graduates occupy in their first job? (in %) Law Human Resources Contract signed before graduation 67 Project Management General Management - Strategy Administration - Management Control - Accounting Sales Supply Chain - Logistics Other 26.1 Consulting - Studies More than 4 months 6 Audit months months 18.1 Marketing & Communication 22.9 Finance - Banking - Insurance The top 15 companies that recruited our recent graduates Accenture BNP Paribas Capgemini Consulting Corporate Value Associates Deloitte Ernst & Young Eurogroup Goldman Sachs L'Oréal LVMH McKinsey Orange PriceWaterhouseCoopers Société Générale The Boston Consulting Group
14 14 The Cergy Campus Comprising a university community of 20,000 students, Cergy is just a 30-minute journey from central Paris. ESSEC s 45,000m² campus is located 5 minutes away from the town center and in easy reach of the local shops, a cinema, theater and swimming pool. Three student halls of residence totaling almost 900 rooms and apartments are available, providing a full range of facilities as well as a convenient shuttle service to and from the main campus. The on-campus Learning Center comprises a comprehensivelystocked library with over 60,000 publications, work rooms, lecture theaters, wireless Internet access and computer facilities. Association life is rich and varied, with sporting, cultural, professional and humanitarian associations currently offering a range of dynamic projects and activities. MBA students may participate in student associations ranging from sports to cultural, international, humanitarian and professional activities. Financing for International Students Students are advised to seek financial aid as soon as they begin the application process. There are several types of aid: Bank loans at preferential rates for certain countries International public scholarships (e.g. Eiffel, Alban, Ile-de-France Region) Company Scholarship Schemes (e.g. Accor, L Oréal, Thales) ESSEC Excellence Scholarships program Apprenticeship For more information on financial aid:
15 15 The Singapore Campus Singapore: an educational, financial and cultural nerve center The Singapore campus is the third ESSEC campus in existence. It was opened in 2005 with three main objectives: to strengthen the understanding by students and participants of issues specific to Asia. to increase ESSEC activity on an international level. to offer a welcoming structure for researchers and professors wishing to develop their professional activity and studies. Via its history, environment, infrastructures and its strategic decision to be at the heart of Asian learning industries and higher education, Singapore has rapidly established itself as the ideal site for ESSEC s Asian campus. Perfectly situated between India and China, Singapore has become the genuine hub of Asian higher education, offering an amalgam of different Asian societies that facilitates integration for foreign students. The city itself is renowned for offering a happy blend of tradition and modernity and is characterized by a multicultural and multilingual society. The standard of living is amongst the best in Asia, with state-of-the-art facilities and ever-increasing business implantation serving as proof of the continued rise of the city and the country as a whole. The Singapore Campus, in the very heart of the business district and located on the premises of the National Library. Chetan Sharma, Former ESSEC MBA Asian Track student (Haryana, India) Now working at ICICI Securities Ltd. ESSEC provided me with the opportunity to come to Singapore and explore the Asian business environment via the Asian Track. The flexibility provided by the ESSEC MBA program makes you utilize the resources to your best possible advantage, in the process creating a truly international profile for a rising career in the global economy. I believe the Asian Track experience will help me in the work place and will always be important in molding my profile as a future manager.
16 Admissions Students are admitted to the ESSEC MBA through different admissions paths, depending on their prior qualifications: French MBA Admissions Students with a French degree apply through the French MBA admissions path. International MBA Admissions Students with a strong non-french Bachelor s or Master's degree are eligible to apply. Selection is based on motivation, academic record, approved management and language test scores, and an interview. One to two years of professional experience is highly recommended. Candidates under the age of 32 during the application year are eligible to apply. For International ESSEC MBA Admissions, please contact our international representatives: China: Mr. Maxime CHATELLIER, European Union: Mrs. Françoise LAFON, India: Ms. Annegret SCHULZ, Japan: Mrs. Junko OHMORI, Korea: Dr. Park UNTAE, North America, Lebanon, Morocco, Middle East: Mrs. Monique MERIZIO, For all other countries, please contact Elizabeth DEMARS, Our application process is on-line at ESSEC Business School Avenue Bernard Hirsch - BP Cergy Pontoise Cedex - France Tel: Fax: ESSEC Executive Education CNIT - BP Paris-La Défense - France Tel: Fax: December Not legally binding - Dialogues ESSEC Business School Singapore Campus 100 Victoria Street - National Library # Singapore Tel: Fax: