Le Parisien:  2022 ranking of business schools offering ‘post-preparatory class education’ 

Excelia Business School’s Master in Management programme has risen a further 5 places in Le Parisien’s 2022 ranking of business schools offering ‘post-preparatory class education’!


Today, Le Parisien unveiled its 2022 ranking of business schools offering ‘post-preparatory class education’ and Excelia Business School’s Master in Management programme has gained no less than 5 places! A significant progression which reaffirms, once again, the excellence of our programmes and our innovative teaching methods! A recognition that encourages and consolidates our choices and our commitment to serving our students. 


Master in Management… continually evolving

Scrutinised by future business school students, rankings are an important selection criterion. They distinguish the best French and international schools and, over the last few years, have clearly shown that Excelia Business School’s Master in Management programme has made a name for itself.

After some 32 years in existence, Excelia Business School’s Master in Management has continued to evolve and improve, as confirmed by this latest ranking!

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A new vision for the future

The competition amongst business schools is tough, as the quest for excellence continues. Excelia has distinguished itself on several criteria and has made a name for itself with its strategy of diversification, both regionally and in terms of its programmes.

The challenge for the major business schools, in the years to come, will be to reinvent themselves in order to face the issues of climate change and to prepare students to deal with the impact their companies will have on the planet. Excelia has been involved in these issues for several decades: it is a pioneer in environmental challenges and the educating of students to become responsible managers.

In particular, it promotes the values of Sustainable Development and CSR. This was evidenced by the opening, in 1999, of the Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Development and CSR Strategies.
Today, CSR teaching permeates all of its programmes, and it conducts research into CSR-related issues. At the heart of this commitment is the Humacité© initiative, which was created more than 15 years ago and is compulsory for all programmes. Every year, some 600 humanitarian and solidarity projects are undertaken, 70% of which are abroad.

In a similar vein to Humacité©, Excelia launched Climacité©, an experiential educational initiative to explore another field of sustainable development. The main objective of this initiative is to educate students to become responsible managers by experiencing the challenges of protecting the environment and adapting to climate change, in an operational setting.



15 criteria for ranking schools

For its 2022 business school rankings, Le Parisien carried out a meticulous study of each school, based on 15 criteria:


  • Certifications and accreditations: duration of the Master programme (from 1 to 5 years); number of national and international accreditations
  • Financial Strength: group and school budget per student; number of foreign students paying tuition fees
  • Development: evolution of student numbers, budgets and enrolments between 2019 and 2022
  • Social Inclusion: proportion of exemptions; grants awarded
  • Appeal: SIGEM ranking (system for placement of preparatory class students in the major business schools); volume of preparatory class students and AST2 (admission on merit to Year 2 of a major business school) joining the programme; proportion of those present at the orals out of the number of those eligible; number of candidates taking part in entrance test preparation courses in 2022
  • Infrastructure: campus size per student and its evolution between 2019 and 2021; proportion of graduates on the school’s campuses abroad; proportion of students on foreign campuses in 2018-2019
  • Faculty: proportion of research-active faculty out of the number of permanent teachers; proportion of international faculty; staffing levels; number of different nationalities among the teaching staff
  • Research: proportion of articles published by research-active faculty in leading scientific journals
  • Pedagogy: percentage of teaching hours given by research-active faculty; proportion of programmes in English and double qualifications with French institutions
  • International dimension: minimum compulsory time abroad; proportion of agreements with internationally accredited institutions; number of double qualifications and countries offered
  • Vocational integration: compulsory minimum time spent on internships; proportion of apprentices and work-study students; number of industry professional lecturers in a year
  • Employment: Pre-graduation student employment rates; starting salary levels
  • Entrepreneurship: number of start-ups nurtured between 2019 and 2020; number of companies created by graduates in the last 3 years; proportion of graduates from an entrepreneurial study track
  • Digital Focus: dynamism of digital policy; number of subscribers on social networks; proportion of graduates from a digital technology study track
  • Pedagogical Innovation: this last criterion was rated using feedback from the editorial staff of the Le Parisien Étudiant on the quality of the schools’ work as regards pedagogical projects and development projects


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