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  • Join a top French university business school

    Executives are increasingly looking not only for lasting job satisfaction and personal development but also 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 executive needs, 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 delivered in Aix-en-Provence, participants find our format convenient for combining study with managing their professional and family responsibilities.

  • Benefit from the expertise of renowned schools in the field of executive education

    Our Executive MBA (EMBA) 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.

    EMBA participants gain access to new professional networks and a diversity of global business perspectives through an experienced international faculty. Our faculty members are invested in cutting-edge research and 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 EMBA participants and strive to tailor our program to leverage their unique skills and life experiences.
    We also focus on empowering leaders not only with analytical skills but also the ability to act and behave (Think-Do-Be).

    We invite you to discover IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management’s part-time and accelerated EMBA program, unique environment, dedicated community, and centers of excellence.
     

Our EMBA is aimed at developing the kind of leaders that companies need to achieve profitable and sustainable growth. It is designed for high-potential professionals from diverse backgrounds who strive to gain knowledge in all key areas of general management while improving their leadership skills and developing 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 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 with experienced colleagues, an international faculty, and a hands-on approach to business solutions.
  • Objectives and benefits

    • Earn both an internationally recognized MBA 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 by 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 for you and your company.
  • Program Overview

    The program starts on September 6, 2021 and is based on 12 residential weeks over a 21-month period. In the accelerated mode*, the program can be completed in 10 months.

    *Note: Your time between the 12 residential weeks is spent on group work and projects. 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, they will be advised to switch to the part-time program.
    Our EMBA combines an exciting array of courses in the areas of management skills, abilities, and challenges, with a focus on leadership and global perspectives. It also 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 EMBA participant is expected to engage themselves and companies in a strategic consulting project.
    Optional: Three-week intensive English seminar (Monday, August 16 to Friday, September 3)
     

  • The strategic consulting project

    Adding value to a company and preparing its future

    The consulting project is an essential and rewarding part of the EMBA 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, EMBA participants develop consulting and project management skills while using new knowledge frameworks and gaining experience in leading cross-cultural teams.

  • Faculty

    Our world-class faculty has assembled all the ingredients to develop a unique EMBA focused on the participants’ needs and skills. 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 academics from the world’s top universities.

  • Our community

    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 ensures our school will keep forging forward into the future. As an EMBA 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 EMBA program, you will be part of a group of individuals with strong and lasting ties within 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

    The companies and organizations that have sponsored EMBA participants in recent years include: Airbus Group, Areva, BNP Paribas, Bourbon, CMA/CGM, CNIM, DCNS, ENGIE, Electrolux, GYMA, McCormick, Michelin, SNCF, ST Microelectronics, Total Group, Veolia, and Vinci.

  • When does the program start?

    The next session begins in September and ends in June of the next year for accelerated program participants.

  • What scholarship or funding opportunities are available?

    For international applicants: The French government offers scholarships (through the local embassy) and 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 and our scholarship information.

  • Is there a GMAT score requirement?

    No, the differents criterias considered are: the quality of your application, including a motivation essay, current CV, transcripts and diplomas, professional experience and goals, English scores [TOEIC: 900], and an interview with the admissions panel. Our GMAT code is: N09-SQ-65.

  • Is the program recognized in the international job market?

    Yes, thanks to our EQUIS accreditation. Moreover, IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management is the only French public institution in the Financial Times’ rankings.

  • What is EQUIS accreditation?

    EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) is an international strategic audit and accreditation system for evaluating institutions. It was launched in 1997 by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), which brought together the main European providers 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 countries in Europe and worldwide, 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. Those bodies came 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 accreditation can only be obtained by academic institutions, not by an educational program. Only 64 educational institutions in Europe have obtained EQUIS accreditation. For further information, see the EQUIS website. IAE Aix-Marseille 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?

    EMBA program participants earn two master’s level degrees: an international 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 and find the perfect work–life 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 EMBA provides a solid foundation in all aspects that are relevant in today’s business environment (finance, marketing, strategy, economics, etc.). We go a step further by focusing on leadership and innovation, which are less tangible but nonetheless essential aspects for success in a constantly changing global business environment. We provide multiple opportunities (through simulations, business games, consulting assignments, case studies, our faculty’s consulting experience, etc.) to get as close to reality as possible—learning from real experience rather than exclusively from textbooks.

    We also focus on equipping leaders with not only analytical skills but also 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 to define your professional goals. You will also benefit from the IAE Aix-Marseille professional network (company events, round tables, etc.).

  • Do you have an alumni association?

    Yes, we have a very active alumni network with over 20,000 members based in 120 countries around the world. You can also find MBA alumni groups on Facebook and 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 help you.

ADMISSION

  • Admission requirements

    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 EMBA program receive both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a French Master of 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

    Registration fee

    €25,000

    The fee includes:

    • All courses, instruction, training materials, and handouts
    • Project coaching
    • Personal and professional coaching
    • Use of the language lab, library, and 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. EMBA participants come from diverse backgrounds and go on to work in a variety of management positions around the world.

    We value the diversity of our EMBA participants and develop a wide range of executive profiles. Age and experience are necessary for the success of this program, as we rely heavily on accumulated knowledge and experience to address complex international business issues in the classroom and through 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

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Class of 2018, Sales Manager, KONE Elevators, Ho Chi Minh City.
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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.
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Class of 2019-2020
Ludivine Ravat
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.
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