Introduction

One of the ‘Grandes ecoles’ – the most selective schools in France – ESSEC dates back to 1907 and is among the 76 schools in the world that have obtained accreditations from AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. It has a wide variety of international partnerships, offering exchange and double degree programs with U. Chicago, IIM Ahmedabad, King’s College London, Seoul National University, Cornell University, and others. Currently, ESSEC offers a full time Global MBA programme in France and Singapore, which was ranked 5th worldwide for international experience by Financial times Global MBA in 2019.  Many of its alumni have held political office, become CEO of major companies (Unilever, Coca-Cola Europe, L’oreal, etc), or won recognition in other fields. ESSEC Global MBA offers 3 majors in Paris and Singapore: Strategy & Management, Luxury Brand Management, and Strategy & Digital Leadership. Through these, students are equipped with a macro-view of core business functions as well as industry-specific skills and knowledge to assist them in  successfully switching careers to the consulting, tech, or luxury industries.

ESSEC Global MBA will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to deal with complex situations arising from the digital revolution. You will learn to think out-of-the-box, make decisions in the face of uncertainty, efficiently manage multi-cultural environments in a global business context and think independently and collaboratively in teams. 95% of graduates find a job within 3 months of graduation with an average starting salary of €92,293 / S$139,753.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: 17 November 2019

Round 2: 2 February 2020

Round 3: 29 March 2020

 

Round 4: 14 June 2020

Application Fee: €130/ S$180

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 12 months

 Acceptance rate (full-time): 13.7%

Average age of new entrants: 26

 Require standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 650

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience:

  • At least 3 years of post-university professional experience (excluding internships) abroad or in an international environment
  • At least 2 years of experience in a management role

Application Essay

Season: 2020

Common Essay

What career are you targeting immediately following the MBA, indicating function, fields, target company/companies, and region of the world? Similarly, in detail, how does your career path continue in the medium term and long term?

For applicants majoring in...

Strategy & Management, Finance, or Digital Business:

  • Please give an example of when you created positive change within an organization, highlighting elements of teamwork, leadership, creativity, and interculturalism, where applicable.
  • Please briefly describe an important current issue in your home country, and how you would address and solve this issue if you were in charge of the government.
  • Optional essay: You may choose to write about a subject of your choice, if you feel you have something additional to share. You may also use this space to write about any of the components of your candidature that you feel requires additional explanation

Enterprise Innovation:

  • Please give an example of when you created positive change within an organization, highlighting elements of teamwork, leadership, creativity, and interculturalism, where applicable.
  • Please briefly describe an important current issue in your home country, and how you would address and solve this issue if you were in charge of the government.
  • If you have a specific entrepreneurial idea that you’d like to develop in the course of this program, please outline it for us so that we may understand your vision and how we can support you in this process. If you don’t have a specific entrepreneurial idea yet, please take an example of another recent start-up that inspires you.
  • Optional essay: You may choose to write about a subject of your choice, if you feel you have something additional to share. You may also use this space to write about any of the components of your candidature that you feel requires additional explanation

Luxury Brand Management:

  • Please describe in detail which categories of products and functions within the luxury goods industry interest you the most and why?
  • What do you think are the major challenges luxury brands are facing worldwide today?
  • Select a work of art, a film or a literary work that you particularly admire and write about it in such a way that the reader can share your interest for it.
  • Optional essay: You may choose to write about a subject of your choice, if you feel you have something additional to share. You may also use this space to write about any of the components of your candidature that you feel requires additional explanation

Hospitality Management

  • From your experience so far, please describe what your contribution to the hospitality industry has been like until now and what it could be like in the future.
  • Taking a well-known hospitality company with which you are familiar, explain its business model and identify the actions that it undertakes to ensure its continued success.
  • Optional essay: You may choose to write about a subject of your choice, if you feel you have something additional to share. You may also use this space to write about any of the components of your candidature that you feel requires additional explanation

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

Two professional referees, who will provide an online reference after you submit your online application.

Prompts

  1. How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
  2. Which are his/her two main qualities or greatest strengths Which are his/her two main weaknesses or developmental needs?
  3. Comment on his/her motivation of the program selected.
  4. What final recommendation would you give to the jury?
  5. As well as a rating system (Excellent, Good, Average, Poor, No Opinion) for the following: Analytical skills, Creativity, Deductive skills, Communication skills, Inter-personal skills, Professional potential

Admissions Verdict

   

Competitive

“ESSEC has strong connections in Europe and around the world, so indicate some interest in those areas in your application. Also keep in mind your undergraduate GPA is a factor in addition to your GMAT and work experience.”

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