• Languages
    English / French
  • Location
    La Rochelle, Tours
  • Accreditations
    EQUIS / Master Degree / AACSB / AMBA / EFMD Master / RNCP Level 7
  • Qualifications
    Master (5 years of higher education)
    Diplôme visé - Grade de Master
  • Start date

Master in Management (Master Grande École)

A programme placing the human element and experiences at the heart of its pedagogy.

A programme heading to the top of the rankings!

A programme placing the human element and experiences at the heart of its pedagogy.

A programme heading to the top of the rankings!


  • Overview
  • Study Tracks
  • Programme Content
  • Experiences
  • Work-study
  • Careers
  • Cost of studies
  • Admissions
  • Caroline Hermet
    Director of the Master in Management Caroline Hermet

    The Master in Management known in French as the famous Master Grande Ecole is the flagship programme of the School and the renowned Grande Ecole network, for those business schools who are members of the famous French network of business schools called the Conférence des grandes écoles (CGE).

    The aim of the Master in Management (MiM) (Master Grande École), Excelia Business School's landmark programme, is to encourage the development of knowledge and skills, training students to become responsible * managers, capable of operating in complex and constantly changing environments. The variety of our study tracks and the diversity of the experiences on offer, together with our intimate teaching approach, will offer you the opportunity to explore the world of tomorrow... whilst at the same time encouraging the development of your talents.

    *Responsible managers: combining economic rationale, social responsibility and environmental responsibility in an ethical manner.


    ftExcelia Business School has continued its progression in the FT World Ranking of Masters in Management. The School has been ranked 42nd, moving up 6 places! It is now ranked 9th among the French Business Schools that feature in the ranking.


    Why choose the Master in Management?

    • Lessons in Human and Social Sciences to provide you with an understanding of the World, the major issues, and the different relationships between individuals and groups of individuals
    • Experiential and Personal Development (EPD): giving you the opportunity to build a unique study path
    • 2 civic and humanitarian projects to help raise your awareness of social issues
      • Humacité©: a project enabling you to acquire strong values to ensure you become a socially committed and responsible manager
      • Climacité©: a project focussing on the challenges of sustainable development and energy transition
    • A strong international dimension throughout your studies, with projects such as Cap Anglophone, Humacité©, Climacité©, internships, academic expatriation, 100% English Track
    • 15 double qualifications with our partner universities
    • One to two years of professional experience by the end of the programme, via internships or work-study, ensuring you acquire valuable professional experience even before you graduate
    • A wide choice of specialisations in MiM Year 5: Classic Track, Work-study Track, French Track, English Track, double qualification, etc.
    • A programme recognised by all stakeholders in higher education:
      • Endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, State-certified with Grade de Master
      • Triple-accredited: a Master programme offered by our Business School which is part of the 1% of the world's elite group of Business Schools boasting this ‘Triple Crown’
    • Rankings: 8th place in the Financial Times ranking, 2nd place in the L'Étudiant ranking, 10th place in the Figaro ranking, 10th place in the Challenges magazine ranking... Excelia Business School's Master Grande Ecole is one of the most dynamic in terms of evolution.


    The perfect study track for each professional project

    Right from the start of Year 1, you will have choices to make: in which country should you carry out your Cap Anglophone project, doing what? With which association or NGO will you carry out your Humacité© project? Will it be in France or abroad? Which country will you go to for your academic expatriation? Which specialisation should you choose? …

    Every year, you will have many different possibilities, with choices to be made.

    To help you make the right choices, throughout your studies you will receive support and guidance from a personal tutor. They will be on hand to guide you in the development and management of your personal and professional project. In addition, you will benefit from personal development tools (self-awareness, etc.) and professional development tools (CV preparation, mock interviews, etc.).




    YEARS 1 AND 2

    Learning the fundamentals – all lessons are compulsory and adapted to a student’s profile and project via experiential projects:

    • Humacité© and Climacité© projects

    • Company internship


    YEAR 3 (pre-Master year)

    Depending on which year you joined the programme, there are 2 tracks available:

    1. If you joined the programme in Year 1, you will spend both semesters of Year 3 on academic expatriation in the United States, in China, or at one of our 85 partner universities.

    Those who are particularly determined can choose to study for a double qualification. To ensure you get the most from this expatriation experience on a cultural, linguistic and personal level, we limit the number of students assigned to the same destination. Of Excelia’s 200 partner universities, 50 % are specific to the Master in Management programme.


    For studying abroad:

    • Academic exchange: 2 semesters in one of our 85 partner universities, offering 15 double qualifications


    1. If you join the programme in Year 3, you can choose to study either on the Tours campus or the La Rochelle campus, with a programme focussing on the fundamentals of Management and Humanities. You will carry out 2 civic and humanitarian projects – Humacité© and Climacité©.



    From Year 4 of the programme (equivalent to year one of a Master qualification), you can choose one of 5 different tracks, ensuring your studies remain in line with your future project




    Available in French and English, lessons focus on project management and development strategies.

    In line with the lessons of the core curriculum, you will carry out group work on an activity of your choice from the following:

    • Business Development Consultancy Project
    • Management of an association (real case)
    • Business Creation*
    • Applied Research on Organisations and Managerial Practices **

    * Possibility of obtaining a University Degree in Entrepreneurship

    ** Possibility of obtaining a University Degree in Research



    In Semester 2, you will design your own programme by choosing 5 electives (offered in French or in English) centred around the themes of Big Data, Innovation, Global Perspectives, Humanities and Research. 



    Some of you may wish to boost your international experience by spending another year abroad, studying for a double qualification.

    Those students joining the programme in Year 4 can choose to spend one semester abroad at one of our partner universities.



    You can choose the Work-study Track as of Year 4, committing to a 24-month work-study period (Years 4 and 5). You will have to negotiate either a contrat de professionnalisation (professional training contract) or a contrat d’apprentissage (apprenticeship contract) with a company. This will give you the opportunity of adding a professional dimension to your studies by acquiring significant, real-life experience, whilst having your studies financed by the host company.

    Format: 1 week School-based/3 weeks company-based

    Note: There is also the possibility of carrying out work-study in your final year only (Year 5), for a period of 12 months.



    The Master in Management provides you with equivalences in DCG (Diplôme de Comptabilité et de Gestion – a management and accountancy qualification) and Teaching Units 3, 6 and 7 of the DSCG (Diplôme Supérieur de Comptabilité et de Gestion – a leading management and accountancy qualification).

    By choosing the DSCG Track in Year 4, you will study 4 additional DSCG modules:

    • DSCG Droit Social (Employment Law)
    • DSCG Droit pénal des groupes (Compagny Law)
    • DSCG Gestion juridique, fiscale de l'entreprise 2 (Corporate Legal and Tax Administration 2)
    • DSCG Gestion Financière avancée
    • DSCG Analyse Financière Avancée
    • DSCG Contrôle de Gestion approfondi

    Depending on your choices in Year 4, in your final year you will select a specialisation in line with your professional project. This Master in Management specialisation will be carried out on either our La Rochelle or our Tours campus.



    A second year of work-study for those that chose this track in Year 4. However, all other students have the possibility of opting for a work-study track in their final year only, for a period of 12 months.

    Format: 1 week School-based/3 weeks company-based



    You will have 6 months of lessons focussing on a specialisation followed by a 6-month end-of-studies internship.


    Year 5 specialisations in La Rochelle 

    Work-study Track

    • Brand Management
    • Sales and Brand Marketing (distance learning)
    • Supply Chain Management and Control
    • HR Management
    • Project Management


    Classic Track 

    • Marketing and Sales 4.0
    • Data Management (available from September 2023)

    Year 5 specialisations in Tours – Work-study Track only 
    • Digital Transformation Management



    Le MBA Pittsburg State University (USA): In the final year of the programme, this unique academic exchange offers students the opportunity to obtain a MiM/MBA double qualification and to benefit from a one-year work permit for the United States.

    Zagreb School of Economics and Management (Croatia): this academic exchange offers students the opportunity of obtaining a double qualification, MiM/MBE, in 4 specialisations: Management, Marketing, Finance and Banking, and Supply Chain Management.



    The Diplôme Universitaire Recherche (University research qualification) is carried out in partnership with the University of Poitiers. Year 5 students have the possibility of studying for this in parallel with the MiM programme, thereby obtain a recognised research qualification (the dissertation submitted for the Diplôme Universitaire Recherche is also valid for the MiM).


    A choice of campus: La Rochelle or Tours

    It is possible to transfer between campuses throughout the programme, depending on your choice of final-year specialisation and the location of your host company (for those on a work-study track).

    For both campuses, the programme is taught by teachers from Excelia, under the overall management of Caroline Hermet, Head of the Master in Management programme.




    All you need to know about languages, assessment, lessons and your teachers



    • Years 1 and 2: French
    • Year 3: Language relative to chosen academic expatriation for students who joined in Year 1
    • Year 3: French or English for students joining in Year 3
    • Year 4: Language relative to chosen academic expatriation (during Semester 1 / Semester 2 / entire year)
    • Year 4: French or English for students not on academic expatriation
    • Year 5: French or English depending on chosen specialisation
    • Work-study Track (24 or 12 months): French




    • Continuous assessment (40%), End-of-semester exams (60%)
    • End-of-studies thesis, one of the main focusses of your final year
    • GEODE certification (Grandir, Être, Oser, DEvenir - Develop, Be, Dare, Become): this is an opportunity to demonstrate the coherence of your project, present your achievements and your job market analysis, whilst proving your communication skills


    Your teachers:

    The teaching Faculty of the Master in Management is made up of French and international research-active Faculty members.

    The research-active Faculty work with our laboratory, Excelia Lab, offering students innovative pedagogy. In addition, the industry professionals who teach on the programme focus on real-life business issues: they are recognised for their strong expertise in the fields of management.


    Types of lessons:

    Your core course modules are taught as amphitheatre lessons, with your entire year group. In addition, you will also have tutorials in smaller groups, depending on your chosen specialisation, language ability, etc.

    • YEAR 1 (one year of post-High School education)   Français

    • YEAR 2 (two years of post-High School education)   Français

    • YEAR 3 (three years of post-High School education)

    • YEAR 4 (four years of post-High School education)

    • YEAR 5 (five years of post-High School education)

    YEAR 1 (one year of post-High School education)   Français

    YEAR 2 (two years of post-High School education)   Français

    YEAR 3 (three years of post-High School education)

    YEAR 4 (four years of post-High School education)

    YEAR 5 (five years of post-High School education)

    Programme structure

    September -December: Lessons
    January - February: Climacité© project 
    Mars - Mai :  Lessons
    June - August: Humacité© project 
    September -November: Lessons
    November - December: Climacité© project
    January - May: Lessons
    June - August:  Operational internship



    September - June: Academic Expatriation - 2 semesters in a partner university

    CLASSIC TRACK   Français


    September - November: Lessons
    November - December: Climacité© project
    January - May:  Lessons
    June - August: Humacité© project - 3 months





    CLASSIC TRACK   Français Anglais

    September - December: Lessons
    February - April: Lessons
    April - August: 5-month vocational internship / or 3-month internship + 2-month civic project for students joining in this year




    WORK-STUDY TRACK   Français 

    September - June: 1 week School-based/3 weeks company-based




    September - December: Academic Expatriation
    January - June: Academic Expatriation




    CLASSIC TRACK   Français Anglais

    September - December: Lessons
    January - June: Management-level internship - 6 months




    WORK-STUDY TRACK   Français 

    September - June: 1 week School-based/3 weeks company-based





    September - December: Academic Expatriation
    January - June: Academic Expatriation




  • Classes

    Year 1   Français
    • Methodology
    • Business Game
    • Human and Social Sciences
    • Principles of Economics
    • Marketing in a changing world
    • Company and Work Organisation
    • Communication in Business
    • Financial Accounting
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Introduction to Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • English
    • 2nd Modern Language
    • Preparation workshops for programme experiences
    YEAR 2 Français
    • Purchasing & Supply Chain
    • Strategy and CSR
    • Complex Negotiations and Sales
    • Business Computing with Microsoft Excel (Level 1)
    • Digital Marketing
    • Human and Social Sciences
    • Geopolitics
    • Professional Project
    • Statistics applied to Management
    • Corporate Finance
    • Cost Analysis
    • English
    • 2nd Modern Language
    YEAR 3 Français or Anglais

    Core Course Modules

    • Marketing
    • Finance
    • Sustainable Development
    • Law
    • Geopolitics
    • HR Management
    • Economics & Statistics
    • Strategy & CSR
    • Communications
    • Modern Languages
    • Individual Coaching
    • Business Game
    YEAR 4 Français or Anglais


    • Supply Chain Management
    • Project Management
    • Financial Management
    • IS Management and Web Development
    • Management and Leadership
    • Marketing Studies
    • Strategic Management
    • Modern Languages (English and optional 2nd Mod. Lang.)
    • Cost and Budget Management
    • Strategic Marketing
    • Business Ethics & CSR
    • Introduction to Research
    Electives (to be chosen from the following)
    • Machine Learning
    • E-commerce Business Analytics
    • The Fundamentals of FinTech
    • Artificial Intelligence and Decision-making
    • Business in the Digital Age
    • Data-driven Planning and Management
    • Sustainability and Digitalisation
    • Sociology of Consumerism
    • Neurosciences and Communications
    • Philosophy of Money
    • HR Management 
    • Sociology of Organisations
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Experiential Marketing
    • Auditing Techniques
    • Agile Management
    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
    • Design-To-Cost (DTC)
    • Doing Business in Asia
    • Market Finance
    • Cross Cultural Management
    • Global Geopolitical Perspectives
    • International Economics
    • Business Eco-systems in France and abroad
    • Working with Latin America
    • Financial Analysis and Group Management


    • Management, Work and Starting a Job
    • Project Management
    • Financial Management
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Business Ethics & CSR
    • Marketing Studies
    • Strategic Management
    • Master Class & General Knowledge
    • Management Control
    • Global Geopolitical Perspectives
    • Strategic Marketing
    • Driving Change & Challenges
    • IS & Web Development
    • Management & Leadership
    • Introduction to Research
    • Modern Languages (Lang. 1 and Lang. 2)
    Year 5


    Core course modules

    • Research Methodology
    • Geopolitics
    • Business Game
    • Advanced Excel


    Marketing and Sales 4.0
    • Smarketing (Digital Marketing and Social Selling)
    • Digital Marketing (in English only)
    • Sales & Sales Management (Master level)
    • Finance for Sales Management
    • Team Management
    • Strategic Customer Management
    • E-CRM and Salesforce Training
    Data Management

    Available from September 2023

    • Big Data: Principles and Governance
    • Big Data: Technology and Tools
    • Databases and SQL for Data Science
    • Data Visualisation and Reporting
    • Data Science: Law and Ethics
    • Data Mining and Machine Learning Practice (In English only)
    • Data Security: Standards and Practices
    • Master Class: Artificial Intelligence
    • Master Class: IBM Certified Data Engineer - Big Data







    Common course modules

    • Research Methodology
    • Data Analysis
    • Political and Social Dialogue
    • Organisation & Change Management
    • Business Game
    • English

    La Rochelle Specialisations

    (8 modules including CSR)

    Brand Management
    • Marketing Innovation
    • Digital Marketing
    • Brand Management
    • Intercultural Customer Relations
    • Dashboards and Reporting
    • Communications and Advertising
    • Advanced Excel and Business Uses
    • International Distribution and e-Commerce
    Sales & Brand Marketing (distance learning)
    • B2B Sales & Marketing
    • Digital Marketing
    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Dashboards and Reporting
    • Commercial Law
    • Complex Negotiations & Centralised Purchasing Management
    • Customer Centricity
    • Advanced Excel and Business Uses
    • Marketing Innovation
    • International Distribution and e-Commerce
    Project Management
    • Project Scope Management
    • RAN Project Management
    • Time Management
    • HR Management
    • Stakeholder and Communications Management
    • Quality Management
    • Cost Management
    • Risk Management
    • Preparation for CAPM Certification
    HR Management
    • International HRM
    • Employment Law and Management
    • Diversity Management
    • HRM and Occupational Health and Safety
    • Recruitment and Induction
    • Personnel Management and HR Performance
    • Advanced Excel and Business Uses
    • Negotiation and Social Relations
    Supply Chain Management and Control
    • Purchasing: Tools and Techniques
    • Advanced Supply Chain Management 
    • Transport and Logistics
    • Inventory and Procurement
    • Purchasing and Supply Chain Risk Management
    • Implications of Digital Technology and Information Systems in Logistics
    • Advanced Excel and Business Uses
    • Negotiation and Calls for Tender

    Tours Specialisations

    (8 modules including CSR)

    Driving the Digital Transformation of Organisations
    • Digital Strategy and Innovation
    • Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Creation
    • Digital Transformation of Organisations
    • Cyber Security and Digital Law
    • Web Development Technologies
    • e-Customer Relationship Management
    • Digital Intelligence
    • Digital Project Management



    The different courses and projects are provided for indicative purposes only and are subject to change from one year to the next. The specialisations offered will only be available if the required minimum number of students is reached.



    Experiences at the heart of pedagogy


    • EPD at the heart of the programme

    The objective of Experiential and Personal Development (EPD) is to assist you in defining and developing your personal and professional project. Combining educational content, the sharing of experiences and practical workshops, EPD will help you develop a global outlook and progressively prepare you to approach your first job with confidence.


    • Humacité© project: 3 months

    During your studies (Year 1 or Year 4), you will undertake a social, humanitarian or civic voluntary project in an NGO or an association, either in France or abroad. This is one of the unique features of Excelia, which is committed to educating students to become future managers who are both responsible and conscious of the importance of their role in society.

    Find out more


    • Climacité© project: 2 month

    Through Climacité©, our students will have the opportunity to make a personal contribution to the planet. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and educate students on the issues of environmental protection and how to effectively address climate change.


    • Student Clubs and Associations

    With a focus on both collective and individual accomplishment, student involvement in the various associations is in keeping with the fundamental values of Excelia Business School.
    Involvement in an association is compulsory and your contribution and commitment will be assessed at the end of the year. Students are supervised and accompanied throughout the year by the clubs and associations department.

    There is a range of projects to choose from, focussing on various themes, and they include many local or even national events. In addition, it is a great way to settle into school life and experience something unique.


    • Association Management

    This track is offered to some 50 students who would like to take up a position of responsibility by getting involved in the management of the School’s clubs and associations. If you choose this track, your timetable will be planned accordingly and you will receive managerial training in project and team management as well as personalised support to successfully carry out your projects.


    • Cap Anglophone

    This project provides you with 6 to 8 weeks of total immersion in an English-speaking country to strengthen your professional English language skills. It takes place at the start of the programme.


    • Internships: 12-15 months of experience

    Students on the Classic Track benefit from 3 internships, which can be carried out in France or abroad: 

    • a 3-month operational internship, at the end of Year 2
    • a vocational internship of 3-5 months, at the end of Year 4
    • a 6-month end-of-studies management level internship

    More than 60% of our students secure a job offer following their end-of-studies internship.

    • Work-study: 24 or 12 months of real business experience

    A real springboard for rapid vocational integration, carrying out your programme on a work-study track will enable you to spend an average of two thirds of your academic year working in a company.

    For more information about work-study

  • What is ‘Work-study’?

    Our programmes offered on a work-study track are subject to specific admissions requirements and conditions. To maximise your chances of being accepted on a work-study track, here is some useful information and helpful advice:

    • Personal interview: Candidates are strongly advised to submit a CV and a cover letter. How you perform on the day of the interview and the quality of these documents, even if optional, are all part of the assessment.  
    • Grant holders: as part of its commitment to social inclusion, when it comes to work-study, Excelia gives preferential consideration to applicants with grants.

    Drawing on a network of local companies, the Master in Management programme offers a number of specialisations that can be carried out on a work-study track, over either 24 months or 12 months. Although the study format is different, learning goals are identical as that of the Classic Track.

    Choosing work-study is the key to acquiring significant professional experience. It is often a differentiating element on your CV, highlighting your first significant professional experience. During your work-study period, you will benefit from support and guidance from a School tutor along with a manager from the host company who will help you settle in. In addition, the role of this manager is to oversee your work and to ensure that the projects and tasks assigned to you are in line with your capabilities and knowledge. 


    Work-study in detail

    • Contract type: contrat de professionnalisation (professional training contract) or contrat d’apprentissage (apprenticeship contract) or convention de stage alterné (work-study internship agreement)
    • Format: 1 week School-based followed by 3 weeks company-based
    • Main objective: To combine theoretical knowledge with professional experience
    • Securing a contract with a company: The School provides you with the necessary search tools to assist you in your professional project. Once you have successfully completed the Admissions tests, you will have access to the numerous work-study offers available to our students.

    For more information about work-study

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    Length of time required to secure a job

    • 100% of our graduates find a job within 3 months of graduating
    • 83% secure a job contract before graduating



    • 50 K€ average annual starting salary



    • 85% find a job with an international dimension

    Our graduates work in all business sectors across the 5 continents.

    Principal countries are: Germany, United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain, Canada, Poland, United States of America, Luxembourg, Belgium, Panama, Chile, China, Ireland, Indonesia, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, India, Israel, Sweden.


    Our graduates work across a number of industry sectors

    • 29% Sales, including Engineering Business Management
    • 22% Communications, Marketing, Events
    • 16% Administration, Management, Finance, Audit
    • 12% Purchasing, Procurement, Logistics
    • 11% Human Resources
    • 4% Audit, Consultancy
    • 2% Information Systems
    • 1% Research, Development
    • 1% Senior Management
    • 2% Other


  • Tuition Fees 2023-2024



    • Year 1: €12,600
    • Year 2: €12,600
    • Year 3: €13,900
    • Year 4: €13,900
    • Year 5: €13,900


    *27 European Union members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France and French Overseas Territories, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.



    • Year 1: €13,700
    • Year 2: €13,700
    • Year 3: €15,000
    • Year 4: €15,000
    • Year 5: €15,000


    • Year 4 and Year 5:

      For the contrat de professionnalisation (professional training contract) and contrat d’apprentissage (apprenticeship contract), tuition fees are paid by the host company.


    The above fees are provided for information purposes only and are subject to change from one year to the next.


    Multiservice charge

    • Fee: €250

    This one-off Multiservice fee gives access to the following services: Multimedia and Internet network, Cyberlibris (online library), Student Identity Card, Reprographics credit, Intranet, e-learning modules, Wi-Fi, Career Centre activities and services, International Insurance-Assistance (for any periods spent abroad during the period covered by this contract), University library, University Medical Service etc.


    Financing your studies

    Click here for further details on the cost of studying



  • Admission for international students or French students living outside France:


    Apply for the Year 1

    Year 1 is open to students with a High School qualification (or international equivalent)

    Personal motivation interview is carried out by internet via our dedicated platform (day and time of your choice).

    Application fee: €50


    Apply for the Year 3

    Open to students with a minimum of 2 year post-High School education or international equivalent (120 ECTS).

    Personal motivation interview is carried out by internet via our dedicated platform (day and time of your choice).

    Application fee: €50


    Apply for the Year 4

    Open to students with a minimum of 3 years post-High School education or international equivalent (180 ECTS).

    Personal motivation interview is carried out by internet via our dedicated platform (day and time of your choice).

    Application fee: €50



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