- To provide a high-quality international management program.
- To accompany the personal and professional development of program participants.
- To create a group of dynamic learners with a diversity of professional experience and of cultural origins.
Phil Eyre, Program Director, on Campus Channel - March 12, 2020
What are the Key Strengths of this Program?
The MBA offers a 500-hour general management program in a triple-accredited International Business School. Our MBA is highly applied in content, delivered by a team that brings together academic specialists, managers, and consultants from a wide range of sectors.
Why Choose the MBA Program?
- Follow an intensive, stimulating academic curriculum.
- Increase international exposure and network.
- Strengthen both “hard” and “soft” management skills.
- Tailor your education to your professional goals with a wide selection of elective courses.
- Accelerate your career development with dedicated workshops.
- Complete an extensive management project of a high professional standard.
- Earn your degree from a triple-accredited institution.
A Word from the Program Director
“Our MBA stands out for its internationality and its emphasis on well-rounded professional development. Students and professors from all over the world come together in this stimulating program to discuss both academic theory and the application of those theories to professional activity, allowing students to apply what they have learned in classes directly to their professional endeavors. If you are looking to take your career to the next level or to work in a competitive international setting, our MBA aims to provide you with the skills, knowledge and network to make this happen. I look forward to welcoming you on the program!” - Phil Eyre
The first year of the MBA is a full-time year in Grenoble or Berlin. The course modules are taught over one academic year from September to the end of June. The class sessions take place on a regular basis from Monday to Friday. Upon successful completion of these modules, participants will begin their Final Management Project. Students normally work part- or full-time during this phase and can be based anywhere in the world.
Please note that the program content below relates to Grenoble and Berlin September 2020 intake (full-time MBA), and Moscow and Tbilisi April 2020 intake (part-time MBA).
Year 1 - Campus Year
The program is a balanced and challenging one, equipping participants with numerical and analytical skills, communication and interpersonal skills, plus insights into current managerial issues in geopolitics, macroeconomics and governance. Through regular group work on cases and individual assignments on management dilemmas, students will develop their expertise in budgetary and financial management as well as in people management. Strategic analysis and negotiation skills are developed through face-to-face team negotiations to resolve authentic and complex cases.
*The content of the program may be adapted from year to year to take into account the needs of industry. Class attendance is compulsory.
- Teambuilding and Leadership events
Moodle e-learning platform
Library and Computing Services
Networking, Career and Alumni Associations
The International Environment
- Global Business and Macroeconomics
Accounting and Auditing
- Managerial Accounting
International Financial Accounting
- Intercultural Management
Sustainability and Management
- Sustainability and CSR
Tools for Decision-Making
- Managerial Economics
- Strategic Human Resource Management
Organizations and Change Management
Leadership and Teambuilding
- Innovation Management
International Business Law
Integrative Case Study
- The integrative case marks the conclusion of the taught part of the program, with a broad-based business case or cases over a 15-hour period. This is an opportunity for students to display what they have acquired during the taught part of the program by analyzing the case from different functional areas.
- Teambuilding and Leadership events
From a menu of up to 8 alternative choices, students can personalize their MBA program for 20% of their total class sessions. The Full-Time and Part-Time students from the different MBA sites join together in international groups from Grenoble, Berlin, Moscow, and Tbilisi. The content is focused on professional management activity or management in a range of functional areas. For many participants, the specialization choice will also determine the focus of the Final Management Project: for example, choosing a Finance elective can lead directly to a project in the area of Finance.
Choice of one specialization (elective) composed of 3 intensive one-week sessions:
- International Business Development (Grenoble)
Smart and Sustainable Business (Grenoble)
Management Consulting (Grenoble)
Finance & Digital Banking (Grenoble)
Digital Marketing (Paris)
Luxury Brand Management (Paris)
Project Management (Berlin)
**Specializations require a minimum number of participants.
- International Business Development (Grenoble)
Year 2 - Final Management Project
During the second year of the program students can be based anywhere in the world and must complete a Final Management Project of approximately 15,000 words in length, under the guidance of a tutor. The Project should be business oriented and coherent with the program objectives. Students are required to address a particular research question or choose a topic grounded in a professional activity or an entrepreneurial venture.
The program is taught in English but provides the possibility to learn a foreign language at the same time. No prior knowledge of French is required to attend the program. Learning a foreign language is a recommended program option for all students who are looking to work internationally. Non-French speakers have the option of studying French (beginner to advanced level), a recommended option for students looking to work in France following their studies. French speakers may choose from a number of other languages at beginner level.
Global Management Challenge
Students will participate in this team simulation – a high point of the program. Strongly motivated and culturally diverse teams compete for the best results for their company.
MBA Networking and Grenoble Discovery Week
GEM MBA students are invited to attend this week-long session in Grenoble, enabling students from campuses in Grenoble, Berlin, Moscow, and Tbilisi to come together to network and attend seminars and conferences on key management issues. The week includes company visits, networking events, and an alumni evening. Topics and events covered typically include Conflict Resolution, Interview Techniques, Radical Career Change, Salary Negotiations, and Effective Leaderships.
Study Trip in Berlin**
The full-time program in Grenoble includes a week’s Study Trip organized with our partners in Berlin, normally taking place in June towards the end of the program. There are corporate & academic speakers, company visits some cultural sight-seeing and a GEM post-graduate Alumni meet-up. Assignments for Strategy and HRM modules are related to some of the Study Trip content. Flights and hotel accommodation are included in the Grenoble program fees.
Study trip available for Grenoble students only.
** International Study Trip is contingent on global conditions and travel restrictions
Personal and Professional Development Workshops
In addition to the core courses, students have the opportunity to attend personal and professional development workshops led by professionals, industry and subject matter experts. These will strengthen the employability profiles of graduates to help them achieve their career goals. Students will also have access to individual counselling sessions, interaction with corporate partners and online resources with jobs and internship opportunities as well as access to specific in house sectorial career focused communities.
Classes are taught by GEM faculty, visiting professors from top universities worldwide, and top business professionals. Most of the permanent faculty are engaged in applied research, with teaching linking theory to practice through business cases. Their diverse cultural and international background lends a strong international dimension to the program.
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I chose GEM's MBA program mainly because of its top ranking in Europe and in the World and due to its great reputation in the Middle East (I come from the Land of the Cedars, Lebanon). After reading more about the school and the program, I realized that it fitted in perfectly with my career aims because the program is not only theoretical, but also highly applied in content, with professors/consultants coming from a wide range of industries and students coming from all over the world.
After finishing my MBA, I took the role of Lead Product Manager in the biggest digital industrial company of the world, General Electric.
Today, I work in the Healthcare division of GE, based in Paris, and manage a wide range of Radiology IT products all over Europe, Middle East and Africa. Coming from a technical background (previously electrical engineer), the MBA program has given me an extensive assortment of skills ranging from finance and economics, to negotiations, innovation management and intercultural management in order to get the job and excel in my current responsibilities.
Jobs with international projects: Full-time: 94% Part-time: 86%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation:
Full-time: <35k€ 8% | 35k€ à 50k€ 25% | >50k€ 67%
Part-time: >45k€ 42%
*Based on 2018 graduates
- Delphi Automotive Systems
- Deutsche Bank
- Ernst & Young
- Procter & Gamble
- Radisson Hotels & Resorts
- Schneider Electric
Work in France
After passing their Master’s level degree in France, students may apply for a residence permit which allows graduates to work for a year in France. The permit is called a “Recherche d’emploi ou Création d’entreprise” residence permit. For more details, you may consult the relevant Campus France or the Ministry of Interior webpages.
MBA candidates are experienced professionals from diverse sectors who display a high level of maturity and intellectual curiosity. Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills, and should be open to cultural diversity. Special attention will be paid to a candidate's motivation for an international career.
- A Bachelor-level, undergraduate degree in any subject
- At least three years of significant full-time work experience
- Fluency in English - see test requirements below
- GMAT may be required on a case-by-case basis. You will be notified after the Admissions Board meets if you are required to take the GMAT. Target score is 550 with a minimum of 70% in the quantitative section (GMAT institution code 0365). Students who score over 650 can apply for the GEM GMAT Merit Scholarship. See details below.
To apply for this program, candidates must complete the online application form and include scanned copies of all original supporting documents. All documents must be in English or be submitted with a certified translation into English if written in another language.
- Official copy of latest degree or diploma or certificate of enrollment with an approximate graduation date
- University transcripts: front/back with grading scale
- 3 short essays (relating to your academic/professional experience, your reasons for choosing this program and your intercultural awareness)
- 2 professional references. Colleagues or friends are not acceptable as referees
- Scan of passport
- Internationally recognized passport picture
- Fluency in English (TOEFL, PTE, IELTS or CPE):
- TOEFL: Computer-based: 240 / Internet-based (IBT): 94 (minimum score of 22 in Reading and Speaking; minimum score of 21 in Listening and Writing). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
- OR IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all areas (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
- OR Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE): A,B,C
- OR Pearson Test of English (PTE): 63 (minimum score of 59 in each section)
- RANEPA English test in Moscow: minimum of 65 overall (for Part-time MBA Moscow students only)
- Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Please note English test scores must be communicated to GEM by the beginning of July for September programs and by the beginning of November for January programs.
Please note that for your initial application we ask only for copies of documents. If you are accepted, we will then request to send digital certified copies that you will be asked to present during the induction week. More details about certified copies per nationality are explained on the application form.
To ensure GEM is the right fit for you, you may be asked to participate in an interview. You will be notified if an interview is necessary after the Admission Board meets.
Note: All academic qualifications, including those earned at Grenoble Ecole de Management , are recognized at the discretion of each country or university. Students seeking admission to a further course of study or who wish to work in another country after their Grenoble Ecole de Management program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority. Before starting a GEM program, students who know that they want to work or study in another country or university are advised to verify whether their intended GEM degree will be recognized.
Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult our online application deadlines.
Student Programs Fees
|Please refer to our partner campus websites for off-site tuition fees and scholarships.|
|MBA Full-time - Germany:||Berlin partner campus|
|MBA Part-time - Russia:||Moscow partner campus|
|MBA Part-time - Georgia:||Tbilisi partner campus|
*Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before the start of the program.
Program fees include:
- Tuition, project supervision, and access to GEM facilities
- Travel and accommodation for the International Study Trip** for Grenoble campus students. Please note that students are responsible for the payment of a visa if necessary.
Program fees do not cover accommodation, meals, insurance, visa, and personal expenses.
Students are required to pay an additional 250€ in student services and administrative fees in Year 1 and a further 250€ for student card renewal in Year 2.
Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
All academic qualifications, including those earned at GEM, are recognized at the discretion of each country or university. Students seeking admission to a further course of study or who wish to work in specific country after their GEM program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority.
Visa requirements may apply to International Students in order to study or work in France. All international students are expected to verify requirements with their local French consulate and plan accordingly. Grenoble Ecole de Management has no influence over this process.