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1. Which are the programs offered by the ESA ?
The ESA offers nine different degrees depending on your career and/or academic path.

  • Bachelor In Business Administration (BBA)
    Pre-requisite: High School Degree
  • International Masters in Management (MiM) – Grande Ecole Program Pre-requisite: Bachelor Degree (bac +3 level). No professional experience needed
  • Masters in Entrepreneurship Pre-requisite: Bachelor in Science graduates
  • MBA general international management program, Pre-requisite: 3 years of professional experience or more
  • Executive MBA
    Pre-requisite: 5 years of managerial experience or more
    Comprehensive part time schedule
  • The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
    A high-level research program supervised by international professors and researchers.
    Intended for executives and business leaders, the DBA is part of the Centre for Research and Development (CRED) of the ESA.
  • Specialization Masters
    Three part-time programs to deepen knowledge in specific areas :

    • Executive Masters in Financial Management (EMFM) in partnership with the SDA Bocconi Business School.
      Aimed at finance professionals, but can accommodate other professional profiles.
    • Specialized Master in Marketing and Communication (MSM) is a program provided in partnership with ESCP Europe.
      Aimed at a diverse audience working in marketing, sales or in communication.
    • Executive Masters in Health Management (MEMS); in partnership with the EHESP (Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Public Health) and Paris -Diderot University.
      Open to all professionals working in hospitals and healthcare facilities
2. How long does it take to complete each program ?
Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA):
  • Track number 1: 36 months
  • Track number 2: 48 months
International Master in Management (MiM) : 24 months

Masters in Entrepreneurship (MENT) : 10 months

Master in Business Administration (MBA) : 16 months

Executive MBA (EMBA) : 18 months

Executive Masters in Healthcare Management (MEMS) : 16 months

The Specialized Master in Marketing and Communication (MSM) : 16 months

The Executive Masters in Financial Management (EMFM) : 17 months

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) : 3 to 4 years
3. How many years of professional experience are required to apply to each of the programs ?
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA)
    • Fresh school graduate, no professional experience
  • International Masters in Management (MiM)
    • Bachelor graduate students ( bac+3 level), no professional experience
  • Executive Masters in Healthcare Management (MEMS)
    • 2 years of professional experience.
  • MBA
    • 3 years of professional experience
  • Executive Masters in Financial Management (EMFM)
    • 3 years of professional experience
  • Specialized Master in Marketing and Communication (MSM)
    • 3 years of professional experience.
  • The Executive MBA (EMBA)
    • 5 years of experience in a managerial position
  • Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
    • 10 years of experience in a managerial position.
4. Are courses offered on a full-time basis?
Schedules were designed for students to reconcile their education with their careers, for the MBA, the Executive MBA (EMBA), the Specialized Master in Marketing and Communication (MSM), the International Masters in Healthcare Management (MEMS), the Executive Masters in Financial Management (EMFM) and the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

  • Classes are delivered on a part-time basis for the MBA and MSM, in the afternoons for two weeks every month.
  • EMBA and EMFM students attend classes for one week every month from Thursday to Saturday.
  • MEMS students attend classes once a month Fridays and Saturdays
  • DBA classes are delivered once per month from Thursday to Saturday.
5. What is the required GMAT score ?
  • The ESA does not require a minimal GMAT score. The application file is examined, taking into account several factors: the application, the GMAT score, the work experience and the interview.
  • The ESA makes a decision on a case-by-case basis. When the jury's decision is positive, applicants with a low GMAT score are invited to sit for the exam again, within a period to be jointly determined by the candidate and the administration.
6. Is the GMAT required for all ESA programs ?
The GMAT is required for the MBA and International Masters in Management (MiM). Other tests may replace the GMAT for the MiM program.Please refer to the programs brochure for further details. The GMAT is a prerequisite for the MBA program, as per international standards.
7. What are the languages of study ?
  • Courses are taught in French and in English for the Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA), International Masters in Management (MiM), the Executive Masters in Healthcare Management (MEMS) and the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).
  • MBA courses are delivered in English and French.
  • Courses of the Specialized Master in Marketing and Communication (MSM) are delivered in French, with a few courses in English.
  • Courses of the Executive MBA (EMBA), the Executive Masters in Financial Management (EMFM) and the Masters in Entrepreneurship (MENT) are delivered in English.
8. French is not a language of everyday use for me. Will I face difficulties in following courses ?
You will have no difficulty following the curricula of the ESA programs, coming from a francophone school background. Many candidates with an English academic and professional background enroll in our programs.
9. Is the English test required for graduates of American universities ?
All applicants, whether holding an English or French degree, must pass the English test to complete their application.
10. How is the admission interview conducted ?
Applicants must go through an admission jury interview during which they have five minute to present a topic of their choice . The interview can be conducted either in French or English.
The jury is composed of professors, and of ESA administration team
11. What are the documents required for the application ?
The following documents are required:

  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 120 $ application fees (non- refundable)
  • One passport sized photo
  • A copy of an identification card (ID card or passport)
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • A certified copy of your diploma(s)
  • A copy of your grades transcript(s)
  • The GMAT score for the MBA, the SAT score for the BBA
  • The English test score for the EMBA
The list of required documents is also available on the online application platform.
12. Can the tuition be paid in installments ?
The tuition may be paid in installments. ESA provides a payment calendar once the candidate is accepted. Generally, installments are paid throughout the duration of program.
13. Are scholarships granted ?
Depending on the profile of the candidate and on the program, scholarships can be granted. ESA also works with private institutions that allocate scholarships to deserving and eligible candidates. This final selection is studied by a scholarship commission.