Best MBA programs in France 2018

88 MBA programs in France

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France is a destination of choice for international MBA students (the second in Europe after UK).

Learning French is not a requirement for enrolling in a MBA as almost all internationally accredited programs in France are offered in English.

Not only it is home of top-ranked INSEAD and HEC Paris, France has the most business schools with triple accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) after UK with well-ranked business schools such as EmLyon or Grenoble Ecole de Management.

In order to stay competitive in the national and international arena, French business schools have undertaken initiatives with:

  • Creation of bigger entities: NEOMA business school (merger of ESC Rouen and ESC Reims), Kedge Business School (merger of Bordeaux Ecole de Management or BEM, Euromed Management in Marseille), France Business School (merger of ESCEM, ESC Amiens, ESC Clermont and ESC Brest but dissolved later), Skema business school (merger of ESC Lille and Ceram), IUM in Monaco acquired by Inseec...
  • Opening of new campuses abroad: EM Normandie in London, HEC Paris in Doha; Qatar, Essec in Singapore, ESCP Europe in Rome, Madrid, London and Berlin, INSEAD in Abu Dhabi and Singapore, Toulouse Business School in Barcelona and Casablanca; Morocco, EmLyon in Shanghai Kedge in Dakar; Senegal and Suzhou; China.
  • Partnerships with other institutions: Ecole des ponts jointly offers an Executive MBA with Temple University's Fox School of Business and an MBA program in Brussels and Paris wih Solvay Brussels School of Economics; HEC Paris, New York University's Stern School of Business, London School of Economics team up to offer a Trium EMBA; Kedge Business School offers MBA programs in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, EM Lyon and East China Normal University collaborate to open a business school in Shanghai; the Euro MBA program is offered by a consortium of six business schools in Europe.

Paris is a strategic place for recruiting students. Some of the top French business schools are located in the Île de France: HEC Paris, ESSEC ESCP Europe, Insead...ESSEC even gets closer to Paris by offering executive programs in La Défense, the largest business district in Europe. Schools such as Audencia based in Nantes, Neoma Business School in Rouen and Reims, Kedge Business School in Bordeaux and Marseille offer MBA programs in the capitol of France.

Though most MBA programs are concentrated in the Paris area, other places offer interesting perspectives for studying. You can study Wine Business in Bordeaux, Aerospace and Aviation in Toulouse or Global Business in the French Riviera. Grenoble offers a natural environment near the French Alps where you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding. The city was named the best place in France for studying by French magazine l'Etudiant.

Graduates may have the opportunity to work for companies of the world's fifth-largest economy and CAC 40 corporations in key industries such as luxury and brand management (LVMH), finance (BNP Paribas), insurance (AXA), retail (Carrefour), cosmetics (L'Oréal), energy (EDF, Engie, Total, Air Liquide), automotive (Renault, PSA), telecom (Orange), food (Danone), aerospace (EADS) or spirits (Pernod Ricard).

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Temple University - Fox School of Business

Fox-Ecole des Ponts Executive MBA

 The program is comprised of 20 in-residence modules that take place once month over a three-day weekend, beginning at 9:00am on Friday and concluding at 5:00pm on Sunday. It features two week-long international study trips (one to China and one to the U.S.). Students earn an EMBA degree from each institution without having to travel to the U.S. for study.

University of Ottawa - Telfer School of Management

MBA Telfer in Metz, France

 Program offered in partnership with l'École Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Metz, France

Audencia - School of Management

online. Residential modules throughout Europe (Nantes, Barcelona, Leipzig, Aix en Provence, Warsaw, Maastricht)

 Program offered in partnership with Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management (France), Audencia Nantes School of Management (France), EADA Business School Barcelona (Spain), HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany), Kozminski University (Warsaw, Poland) and Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (the Netherlands). The curriculum combines residential weeks throughout Europe with online courses.

Executive MBA
Nantes, Paris

Mannheim Business School

ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA
La Defense, Mannheim

CNAM - International Institute of Management

International MBA
Executive MBA

 Classes meet on Friday and Saturday for 18 months.

online and face-to-face classes in centers in France

Ecole des Ponts Business School

Global Executive MBA

 Classes meet one weekend per month for 3 days.

Full-Time MBA in Innovation Management

ICN Business School

Executive MBA with EM Strasbourg

 Classes meet for 3-4 consecutive days per month.

IESEG School of Management

International MBA
La Défense
Executive MBA
La Défense

Montpellier Business School

Executive MBA

Université Dauphine - Dauphine University

Executive MBA Dauphine UQAM

 Program offered in collaboration with the ESG UQAM University - School of Sciences and Management - Quebec University of Montreal

MBA Management International

 Program offered in collaboration with Renault.

MBA Management des Ressources Humaines
Executive MBA Santé
Executive MBA CHEA

 Programme dans le secteur de l'assurance offert en collaboration avec le Centre des Hautes Etudes d'Assurances (CHEA) et le Singapour College of Insurance.

MBA Management, Risks & Controls

 Classes meet 4 days a month on Friday and Saturday.

ESSEC Business School

Global MBA
Cergy, Singapore
MBA in International Luxury Brand Management
MBA in Hospitality Management (IMHI)
ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA (Weekend or Modular tracks)
La Defense, Mannheim


Fontainebleau, Singapore
Global Executive MBA
Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, Singapore

Rennes School of Business

Executive MBA

 Classes meet once per month on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

ESCP Europe

Executive MBA
Beirut, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Turin

 Six study tracks available:
Itinerant track (Five week-long modules on each of the ESCP Europe campuses), Paris study track, Berlin-London study track, Torino study track, Madrid study track, Beirut study track.

KEDGE Business School

Global MBA
Marseille, Paris, Shanghai, Talence