Join a top French university business school
Increasingly, executives are seeking lasting job satisfaction and personal development as well as greater adaptability to fast-paced, ever-changing business environments. As France's leading business school, with over 60 years of experience in training high-level executives in international environments, we share these concerns and offer a "win-win" alternative for our executive participants and stakeholders.
Discover our unique and flexible program
To meet the needs of executives, we have designed a unique and flexible program (part-time or accelerated) in a challenging yet friendly environment where both short and long-term goals can be achieved. Organized in weekly modules primarily in Aix-en-Provence, participants find our format convenient for studying while managing their professional and family responsibilities.
Benefit from the expertise of renowned schools in the field of executive education
Our Executive MBA program is EQUIS accredited and draws on the reputation and expertise of other top institutions: MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (Italy), ESB Business School (Germany) and Kelley School of Business (USA). Each partner focuses intensively on its area of expertise to provide participants with the most in-depth and relevant business knowledge.
Executive MBA participants gain access to new professional networks and a diversity of global business perspectives through an experienced international faculty. Our faculty are invested in cutting-edge research and are actively engaged in the international business community.
Be part of a creative community and share our values
We value the personal contribution of each of our Executive MBA participants and strive to tailor our Executive MBA to leverage their unique skills and life experiences.
We also focus on empowering leaders not only with analytical skills but also with the ability to act and behave (Think-Do-Be).
We invite you to discover Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management-IAE's part-time and accelerated Executive MBA program, its unique environment, its dedicated community and its centers of excellence.
This EMBA offers cutting-edge business education and network to embrace C-level careers. It instills an innovative and agile spirit to lead ethical business and drive change in complex multicultural environment
Is this MBA designed for you? Yes, if...
- You are a high-potential manager facing international business problems of increasing size and complexity.
- You are looking for broader general management knowledge to enhance your professional growth.
- You need a career boost and hope to expand your personal and professional networks and create new business opportunities.
- You are looking for an Executive MBA with a focus on management and innovation.
- You are looking for an original program offered by a renowned business school, recognized in its field.
- You are looking for a strong, diverse and professional learning environment: experienced colleagues, international faculty and a hands-on approach to business solutions.
Objectives and benefits
- Earn both an internationally recognized EMBA degree and a French master's degree taught entirely in English.
- Discover a solid and proven program that will develop your management, leadership and consulting skills.
- Increase your confidence while building your professional networks and creating new opportunities for yourself.
- Focus on innovative business activities that enable profitable and sustainable growth.
- Benefit from a shared investment between organizations looking to develop and retain talent and individuals looking to boost their careers.
- Design a strategic consulting project that represents a significant return on investment (ROI) for you and your company.
Starting in September, based on 12 residential weeks over a 21-month period - In accelerated mode*, it can be completed in 10 months.
*Note: between the 12 residential weeks, your time is devoted to group work and projects. The accelerated mode is a full-time course that does not allow for simultaneous professional activity. If an accelerated participant starts a business during the program, he or she will be advised to switch to the part-time program.
- Our Executive MBA combines an exciting array of courses in the areas of management skills, abilities, and challenges, with a focus on leadership and global perspectives. In addition, it offers unique opportunities for company visits, lectures, business simulations and games.
- The program regularly includes intensive small group projects guided by faculty mentors, such as the entrepreneurial project.
- Each Executive MBA participant is expected to engage themselves and companies in a strategic consulting project.
Optional: 3-week intensive English seminar (Monday, August 16 to Friday, September 3)
A capstone project: The consulting project
Adding value to a company and preparing its future
The consulting project is an essential and rewarding part of the Executive MBA experience. As an integral "win-win" aspect of the program, participants are required to work with a company and an academic mentor to design and deliver a business consulting project focused on a specific area of growth or improvement. Through this consulting project, Executive MBA participants develop consulting and project management skills while using new knowledge frameworks and gaining experience leading cross-cultural teams.
Our world-class faculty has assembled all the ingredients to develop a unique, participant-centered EMBA. When not teaching, our faculty are leading business researchers in their fields and consultants at some of the world's most successful and respected companies. Our faculty-to-student ratio is high. In addition to our full-time faculty, we host distinguished professors from the world's top universities.
A great business school is defined by the nature, strength and diversity of its community. At Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management-IAE, our world-class community includes a wide range of members. The school and its partner institutions each bring a well-established and internationally significant reputation in technical and business education. Research-oriented faculty, diverse and carefully selected students, top-tier academic partners, dedicated administrators, and corporate sponsors share a unique and symbiotic relationship that continually advances our Graduate School of Management. As an Executive MBA participant, we welcome you to this special and thriving community.
Alumni network: over 20,000 alumni
The key to success in the business world is to develop and build personal and professional networks. As a participant in the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management-IAE Executive MBA program, you will be part of a group of individuals with strong and lasting ties as well as an international network of close and diverse alumni who share a belief in the program and can be valuable assets in your next professional steps.
Links with companies
Among the main companies and organizations that have sponsored Executive MBA participants in recent years are: Airbus Group, Areva, BNP Paribas, Bourbon, CMA/CGM, CNIM, DCNS, ENGIE, Electrolux, GYMA, McCormick, Michelin, SNCF, ST Microelectronics, Total Group, Veolia, Vinci...
When does the program start?
The next session begins in September 2022 and ends in June 2023 for accelerated program participants.
What scholarship or funding opportunities are available?
For international applicants: The French government offers scholarships (through the local embassy) as well as specific scholarships for exceptional students from emerging countries (Eiffel-Egide). Financial aid may be provided by the school depending on your situation. People who work in France can benefit from public scholarships.
For French applicants: French applicants who are currently unemployed may also apply for special admission fees. People who work in France may also be eligible for public scholarships.
Contact our office for more details or see our scholarship information.
Is there a GMAT score requirement?
No, the criteria considered are: the quality of your application, including a motivational essay, current CV, transcripts and degrees, professional experience and goals, English language scores [TOEIC: 900], interview with the admissions committee.
Is the program recognized in the international job market?
Yes, thanks to our accreditation, EQUIS. Moreover, Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management-IAE is the only French public institution to be represented in the Financial Times ranking.
What is EQUIS accreditation?
EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is an international strategic audit and accreditation system for the evaluation of institutions. It was launched in 1997 by the EFMD, which brought together the main European operators in a joint initiative. As the largest European network association in the field of management development, with 400 members from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 40 European and world countries, EFMD plays a central role in defining the European approach to management education.
EQUIS was developed through a process of close cooperation between existing national accreditation bodies in the field of management education, brought together in an association called EQUAL. The role of EQUAL was to define the criteria and procedures for 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 program. There are only 64 educational institutions in Europe that have achieved EQUIS accreditation. For more information on the EQUIS website. AMGSM-IAE received its EQUIS accreditation for the first time in 1999. It has been renewed ever since.
What does a participant get out of the program?
Participants in the Executive MBA program will earn two Master's level degrees: an international Executive MBA degree (EQUIS accredited - see below) and a French national Master in General Management degree. As an MBA participant, you will have a life-changing experience that will enable you to move forward as a business leader, find the perfect life-work balance for you by increasing your knowledge and developing your inner potential for continuous improvement. You will live an international and multicultural experience.
Does the program focus more on theory or facts?
The Executive MBA provides a solid foundation in all aspects that are relevant in today's business environment (finance, marketing, strategy, economics, etc.). But we go a step further by focusing on leadership and innovation, less tangible but nonetheless essential aspects for success in an ever-changing global business environment. We provide multiple opportunities (through simulations, business games, consulting assignments, case studies, our faculty's consulting experience...) to get as close to reality as possible - learning from real experience rather than (exclusively) from textbooks.
We also focus on equipping leaders not only with analytical skills, but also with action and behavioral skills (Think-Do-Be).
What are the employment prospects upon completion of the program?
The personal and professional coaching sessions provided by the program will help you define your professional goals. You will also benefit from the IAE professional network (company events, round tables, ...).
Do you have an alumni association?
Yes, the AMGSM-IAE has a very active alumni network with nearly 18,000 members in nearly 120 countries around the world. You can also find an MBA alumni group on Facebook and on LinkedIn.
I am an international student, will I receive any help from the school regarding my residence permit, housing, etc.?
Yes, we have an international student affairs office that will work with you.
Qualified candidates must hold a valid undergraduate degree or equivalent, have more than five years of significant professional experience, a good command of English and the professional ambition to work in a challenging international environment.
Participants who successfully complete this Executive MBA program receive both a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree and a French Master in General Management degree.
The application process includes:
- Completing the online application on the school's website
- 2 letters of recommendation
- 1 letter of motivation
- Transcript and copy of last diploma
- TOEIC: 900 (minimum score) for non-English speakers
- An interview with the admission committee
- Application procedure
Cost of the training
The fee includes:
- All coursework, instruction, training materials and handouts.
- Project coaching
- Personal and professional coaching
- Language lab, library, computer center
- Access to the International Participants Office
- Study trips abroad
- International seminars with our international academic partners
- Scholarship and funding advice and assistance
- Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the tuition fees.
Profile of participants
The EMBA degree provides a set of general management skills that can be applied in virtually any business sector and function. Executive MBA participants come from a variety of backgrounds and go on to work in a variety of management positions around the world.
We value the diversity of our Executive MBA participants and are able to develop a wide range of executive profiles. Age and experience are necessary for the success of this program, as we will rely heavily on accumulated knowledge and experience to address complex international business issues in the classroom and in group and individual projects.
As our mission is to develop innovative and flexible leaders, we value risk-takers and those with a true entrepreneurial spirit.
Gender distribution: 25% women - 75% men
International participants: 30% - National participants: 70%.
THEY TALK ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Redesign your professional future while working. I had a […] Read more
Redesign your professional future while working. I had a very interesting journey at IAE last year. I achieved my main objective by following an EMBA program. It was to gain a global and strategic view of business, to have a different approach to work, and furthermore to learn from the multidimensional experiences of my classmates, who come from a wide range of expertise and diversity.
Challenge your practice and learn from diversity Nothing […] Read more
Challenge your practice and learn from diversity Nothing is more practical than a good theory". The EMBA of the IAE GraduateSchool of Management allowed me to acquire relevant knowledge in general management and transformation strategies that I apply to my clients' projects. This enriching experience reinforced my appetite to learn more about my professional field and that's how I decided to pursue a PhD in marketing. A very good return on investment.