Executive MBA (Part time and Fast track)

Join a French top level University Business School

Increasingly, executives seek lasting professional satisfaction and personal development as well as greater adaptability to constantly and rapidly changing business environments. As a leading University Graduate School of Management in France, with 60 years of experience in training top-level managers in international environments, we share these concerns and provide a “win-win” alternative for our executive participants and stakeholders.

Discover our unique and flexible programme

To satisfy the needs of busy executives, we have designed a unique and flexible programme (part time or fast track) in a challenging yet congenial environment where long- and short-term objectives can be achieved. Organised in a weekly module format mainly in Aix-en-Provence, participants find our format convenient for study while managing professional and family responsibilities.

Benefit from the expertise of renown schools in Executive Education

Our Executive MBA programme holds EQUIS and AMBA accreditations and draws upon the reputation and expertise of other technical and managerial institutions: the IGS Groupe, MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business, ESB Business School, and Bentley. Each partner focuses intensively on its area of expertise to give participants the deepest and most-relevant business knowledge available.

Executive MBA participants gain access to new professional networks and a diversity of global business perspectives from an experienced international faculty. Our professors are invested in cutting-edge research as well as actively engaged with the broader international corporate community.

Be part of a creative community and share our values

We strongly value the personal contribution of each of our Executive MBA participants and we attempt to tailor our Executive MBA to leverage their unique skills and life experiences.
We also focus on empowering leaders not only with analytical abilities but also with capacities to act and to behave (Think-Do-Be).

We invite you to explore the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management, AMGSM-IAE part-time and fast-track Executive MBA programme, its unique environment, dedicated community and poles of excellence.



Our Executive MBA (EMBA) aims to train the type of leaders that businesses need to achieve profitable and sustainable growth. It is designed for high-potential professionals from various backgrounds who strive to gain knowledge in all key general management areas as well as improve their leadership skills and develop a clear understanding of complex business issues and their practical solutions. 

Is this MBA designed for you? Yes, if...

  • You are a high-potential manager faced with international business issues of increasing scope and complexity.
  • You are seeking broader knowledge in general management to improve your professional growth.
  • You need a career booster and hope to enlarge your personal and professional networks and create new professional opportunities.
  • You are looking for a part-time Executive MBA with a strong emphasis on change management and innovation.
  • You are looking for an original programme offered by a renowned management school, recognised in its field.
  • You seek a strong, diverse and professionalised learning environment: experienced colleagues, international faculty and a practical approach to business solutions.

Objectives and Benefits

  • Earn both an internationally-recognised MBA degree as well as a French Master’s degree entirely taught in English.
  • Experience a strong and proven programme that will develop your competencies in management, leadership, change and consulting.
  • Increase your confidence while building your professional networks and creating new opportunities for yourself.
  • Focus on innovative business activities that achieve profitable and sustainable growth.
  • Enjoy a shared investment between organisations willing to develop and retain talented people and individuals seeking to boost their careers.
  • Undertake a Business Consulting Project that represents a significant return-on-investment (ROI) for both you and your company.


Nourish your entrepreneurial spirit with competence and boost your creativity

 We started the Executive MBA proposed by AMGSM-IAE in September 2007 and we both chose it for the same reasons: to gain competencies, to get a global vision of how companies work and to give a new start to our professional careers. We were both working for big companies back then. The two years we spent working with AMGSM-IAE teachers and consultants gave us the desire and most of all the confidence to create our own company, Sonergia. They also accompanied us at the beginning to help us build the foundations of our project. Without this MBA, our company would not be a healthy business with 15 people. The MBA has changed our lives and will revolutionise yours! Don’t hesitate anymore and take that opportunity.

Elisabeth Bertrand & Franck Annamayer - Class of 2009 - CEO & COO SONERGIA, Marseille

Leave your comfort zone behind and experience a deep transformation

This Executive MBA kept its main promise: “at the end of training you will no longer see yourself the same way and the others will no longer see you as they used to do”. The programme enabled me, through its diversity, the quality of the courses, the exchanges between students as well with teachers and the personal journey it implied for me, to become a company leader, who, while keeping his former competences and expertise, now holds a much larger role and endorses much larger responsabilities.

Christophe Richarme, Class of 2012, Managing Director BPI Group, Paris



“Being initially trained as a neuroscientist, the EMBA had tremendous effects on my career. From a lab researcher I have been able to achieve global managerial positions in a multinational company. I was respectively appointed in charge of subsidiaries in the UK, Portugal and Spain. There, I managed companies and also launched new businesses. I have recently been appointed as the Managing Director of the Japanese subsidiary. No doubt that the EMBA helped me in achieving this position. On top of that, my salary has dramatically increased.”

Jean-Chrétien Noreel, Class of 2008, Nippon Auto Photo Managing Director, Tokyo Japan


Programme Overview

12 residential weeks over a 21-month period - In fast track mode*, it can be completed in 10 months

*To be noted : in between the 12 residential weeks, your time is dedicated to group work and projects. The fast track mode is a full-time course not permitting concurrent professional activity. Should a fast track participant take up an activity during the course of the programme, he will be advised to switch to the part-time mode.

  • Our Executive MBA combines an exciting range of courses in the areas of management competences, skills and challenges as well as intensive focus on leadership and global perspectives. Additionally, it offers unique opportunities for corporate visits, conferences, business simulations & games as well as through an E-learning platform (Crossknowledge™).
  • The programme regularly involves intensive smallgroup projects guided by faculty mentors like Business Project (BP).
  • Each Executive MBA participant is required to engage him-/herself and companies  in an internal consulting project (ICP).


The Internal Consulting Project, ICP

Adding Value to a company and preparing your future

The Internal Consulting Project (ICP) is both an essential and rewarding element in the Executive MBA experience. As an integral “win-win” aspect of the programme, participants must work with both a company and an academic mentor to develop an in-company project focusing on a specific area for growth or improvement. The project takes place over the course of the second year of study. The ICP offers many benefits? In particular, Executive MBA participants develop consultancy and project management skills while using new knowledge and logistical frameworks as well as gaining experience leading cross-cultural teams.


Redesign your professional future while working

“I think that AMGSM-IAE is a great place to engage in business studies. When I consider the quality of the education and its cost in terms of time and money, AMGSM-IAE offers a very interesting proposition.
The combination of undertaking an executive programme in business while continuing to pursue a professional career is ideal.”

Guillaume Faury, Class of 2001, CEO Airbus Helicopter, Marignane



Our world-class faculty has combined all the ingredients to develop a unique and participant-centred MBA. When not teaching, our faculty are business researchers and consultants in some of the most successful and respected companies around the world. Our faculty to participants ratio is high. In addition to our full-time faculty, we welcome distinguished professors from top universities across the world.

Our Community

A leading business school is defined by the nature, strength and diversity of its community. At AMGSM-IAE, our world-class community includes a broad-range of members. The School and its partner institutions each bring with them well-established and internationally significant reputations in technical and business education. Research-oriented faculty, diverse and carefully selected students, high level academic partners, dedicated administrators and corporate sponsors share a unique and symbiotic relationship which continually moves our Graduate School of Management forward. As an Executive MBA participant, we welcome you to this special and successful community.

Alumni Network

The key to success in business involves growing and building personal and professional networks. As part of AMGSM-IAE Executive MBA programme, you will become part of a group of individuals with strong and sustainable links as well as a close-knit and diverse international network of alumni who share a belief in the programme and can be valuable assets in taking your next professional steps.


Corporate Links

Some of the key companies and organisations that have sponsored AMGSM-IAE Executive MBA participants in past years include: Airbus Group, Areva, BNP Paribas, Bourbon, CMA/CGM, CNIM, DCNS, ENGIE, Electrolux, GYMA, McCormick, Michelin, SNCF, ST Microelectronics, Total Group, Veolia, Vinci ...


Challenge your practice and learn from diversity

As a Human Resource professional with more than 20-year experience in operational management, I aspired to evolve in the second part of my career in general management positions in charge of a P&L, and preferably at an international level. What I appreciated from the Executive part time programme was the opportunity to meet with students and speakers of various ages, cultures or social positions, sharing the same values, such as mutual respect, daring, commitment and achievement. Their constant support as well as the one of my project supervisor were key to narrow my reflection and deliver a complete and mature work. The key factors of satisfaction I keep from the programme is the ability to adapt and the drive to succeed together.

Olivier Herout, Class of 2012, EVP, Human Resources, ENGIE Energie Services, Paris


Admission Requirements

Qualified applicants should have a valid undergraduate degree or equivalent, more than five years of significant work experience, a good command of English and the professional ambition to work in a challenging international environment.

Participants successfully completing this Executive MBA programme receive both a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree as well as a French Master’s degree in General Management.

The application process includes:

  • completing the application online on the School’s website
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • An interview with the Admissions Committee


Application process





Fees include

  • All tuition, instruction, training documents and handouts
  • Mentoring of projects
  • Personal  and professional  coaching
  • Language laboratory, library, computer centre
  • Access to the International Participants Office
  • Study Tour abroad
  • Advice & assistance with scholarships and funding
  • Travelling and accommodation costs are not included in the tuition fees.


Participants' Profiles

An MBA programme has many advantages as a degree. Most importantly, however, is its broad scope and practicality. It is a degree that offers a whole set of general management skills that can be applied across virtually all sectors and functions of business. Executive MBA participants come from diverse backgrounds and continue their professional lives in a variety of senior management positions globally.

At the AMGSM-IAE, we strongly value the diversity of our Executive MBA participants and we are able to develop a wide range of executive profiles. Age and experience are necessary elements for success in this programme as we will draw heavily upon this accumulated knowledge and experience to deal with complex international business issues in class and during group and individual projects.

Because our mission is to create innovative and flexible leaders, we value risk-takers and those with a genuine entrepreneurial spirit.

Gender distribution : 25% Femal - 75% Male
International participants : 30% - National participants : 70%


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Explore our MBA Today

Finding the right educational options to advance your career and change your life is never easy. That is why we take a one-to-one personalised approach to Executive MBA admissions, giving each candidate the opportunity to discover the programme at their own pace. We are here to inform as well as introduce executives to our campus, faculty, participants and key alumni so that you will have a genuine and first-hand understanding of the benefits of the programme. Those who commit themselves are committed for a lifetime.

Feel free to contact us by email or phone for an individualised discussion about your potential as an Executive MBA candidate and discover how our programme can help you achieve your personal and professional objectives.


Programme Directors


Administrative coordinator


Executive coordinator


When does the programme start?

Next session begins September 10th, 2018 and will end for the fast track participants in June 2019. Part time participants will have to work on an Internal Consulting Project until September 2020.

What are possibilities for Scholarships or funding?

  • For international applicants : The French Government provides scholarships (via the local embassy) in addition to specific grants for outstanding students from emerging countries (Eiffel-Egide). A financial aid can be provided by the school according to your situation. Those who work in France are eligible for public grants (PARE, Fongecif…).
  • For French applicants : French applicants whom are currently unemployed can also apply for special admissions fees. Those who work in France are also eligible for public grants (PARE, Fongecif…).

Contact our office for further details or see Scholarships informations.

What is the teaching language?

The programme is delivered in English. A 3 week language training in English is organized just before the beginning of the Executive MBA classes for students willing to improve their English level. Because we want our foreign students to be fluent in French at the end of the programme, we offer a two week language training in French before the programme starts, as well as 2hrs/week throughout the academic year.

Is there a GMAT required score?

The GMAT (for international participants) or TAGE MAGE (for French or French speaking applicants) is mandatory and part of the application requirements. The scores are a significant element of the decision process. However several other criteria are also taken into account :quality of your application including a motivational essay, current CV, transcripts and diplomas, professional experience and objectives, an English proficiency results [TOEFL or TOEIC], the interview with the admission committee. Please find our GMAT codes : N09-SQ-65.

What is the size of the group?

Our approach to teaching is based upon intense interaction, regular feedback and continuing self- development. We therefore consider that 20 participants are the ideal size. Exchange students from all over the world could joint the Executive MBA cohort during the year.

How is the Executive MBA programme international ?

  •     all courses are taught in English
  •     30 % of participants are international
  •     The Faculty is either international or has experience in teaching abroad
  •     We regularly invite international guest or guest lecturers from companies worldwide
  •     We have several agreements with Universities and Business Schools around the world and thus a lot of international students are joining the school.

Does the programme have the recognition on the international job market?

Yes, through our dual accreditations, EQUIS and AMBA. In addition,  Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management-IAE is the only French public institution to be represented in the Financial Times ranking.

What is the EQUIS Accreditation?

EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is an international system of strategic audit and accreditation designed for the assessment of institutions. It was launched in 1997 by the EFMD that brought together the key European operators in a common initiative. As Europe's largest network association in the field of management development, with 400 members from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 40 countries of Europe and the world, EFMD plays a central role in shaping the European approach to management education.
EQUIS has been designed through a process of close cooperation between existing national accreditation bodies in the field of management education assembled in an association called EQUAL. The role of EQUAL was to define criteria and procedures of a future European accreditation system. Now that EQUIS is operational, EQUAL contributes to the monitoring of the system and provides qualified assessors for the audit teams. EQUIS can only be obtained by an academic institution and not by an educational programme. There are only 64 educational institutions in Europe that obtained the EQUIS accreditation.  For more information on EQUIS website. AMGSM-IAE received its EQUIS accreditation for the first time in 1999. It has been always renewed since.

What is the AMBA accreditation?

The Association of MBA's objectives are to promote the MBA to institutions, prospective students and employers, and to ensure the quality of programmes. An accreditation process was established to secure these objectives. The accreditation has an international focus, and assesses the characteristics of a business school and its MBA programmes against a set of criteria established by the International Accreditation Advisory Board. The executive MBA programme was awarded for the first time AMBA accreditation in 2008 by the Association of MBAs, becoming the first and only MBA programme within the French public university system to receive this distinction. It has always been renewed since.

What does a participant get out of the programme?

Executive MBA participants will graduate with two Master-level business degrees: an international Executive MBA degree (AMBA and Equis accredited - see below) and a French national Master degree in General Management.  As an MBA participant you will gain a life-changing experience enabling you to go forward as a leader in business, find the perfect life-work balance for you through increasing your knowledge and expanding your inner potential for continuous self-improvement. You will live an international and multicultural experience and benefit from a personalized follow up from the Career Service Center, starting from the beginning of the academic year, and continuing throughout your career path.

Does the programme focus more on theory or fact?

As an AMBA accredited programme, the Executive MBA offers a solid foundation in all aspects which are relevant in today’s business environment (finance, marketing, strategy, economics, etc.). But we go a little further through our focus on Change, Leadership and Innovation, less tangible but nonetheless critical aspects for succeeding in an ever changing global business environment. We offer multiple opportunities (through simulation, business games, consulting missions, case studies, the consulting experience of our professors…) to get as close to reality as possible – learning from real experience rather than (exclusively) from textbooks.

We also focus on empowering leaders not only with analytical abilities but also with capacities to act and to behave (Think-Do-Be).

What are job prospects like at the end of the programme?

Personal and professional coaching sessions provided by the programme will help you to define your professional objectives. You will also benefit from the services provides by our Career Services Centre (corporate events, CARNET network

Do you have an Alumni Association?

Yes, AMGSM-IAE has a very active Alumni network with nearly 18,000 members in nearly 120 countries around the world. You’ll also find an MBA Alumni group on Facebook and on LinkedIn.

I am an international student, will I receive help from the school regarding my carte de sejour, accommodations, etc.?

Yes, we have an International Student Affairs office that will work with you to get your visa, find an accommodation, open a bank account, and help you settle down when you arrive in France.  Besides, we have around 50 nationalities represented on the campus. Somebody will speak your language!

Can I speak with current participants or alumni?

Of course, we are happy to set up a time for you to speak with a current participant or alumni.