Master in Management

  • Location
    La Rochelle, Tours, Beijing and New-Rochelle
  • Accreditation
    • AACSB
    • EPAS
  • Qualifications
    • Master/MSc (5 years of higher education)
      Accredited by the French Government
  • Start date
Caroline Hermet
Head of the Master in Management programme Caroline Hermet

Training students to become responsible managers, capable of operating in complex and constantly changing environments (VUCA World).

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  • The Master in Management is a programme of La Rochelle Business School

    A Master degree

    CEFDG Visa Master    Diplôme Grade de Master


    The Master in Management is open to students who have already studied for a minimum of 2 years since leaving High School (or international equivalent). The programme trains students for business careers and prepares them to become responsible managers who are capable of operating in a responsible manner, in complex and constantly changing environments and are aware of the impact of their decisions on their environment. This highly international programme offers several different tracks and students are able to tailor their programme to reflect their personal and professional project. In line with the most demanding professional standards, this Master in Management programme is a guarantee of employability and career development.

    The Master in Management features a series of pedagogical activities, professional experiences and experiential and intellectual challenges.

     Tours Master in Management

    Master in Management in Tours
    Since the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year, La Rochelle Business School welcomes its first Master in Management Year 2 students in Tours. Year 3, the final year of the Master in Management, will open in Tours for the 2020/21 academic year. The programme is taught by the faculty from La Rochelle Business School.

    The benefits of the programme

    A project focussing on Experiences and the Human element

    A bespoke study programme: Within the Master in Management programme, each student and each study path is unique. Thanks to a variety of both study tracks and experiences, you can personalise your own programme and highlight the elements of your studies that you consider the most important for your project. Although all students are awarded the same qualification at the end of the programme, a qualification that provide recruiters with a guarantee of your abilities, each of you will have had unique experiences which will be reflected on your CVs and therefore differentiate you from the next candidate.

    The international element: a global outlook throughout the programme

    If you have the necessary desire and inquisitiveness, the world is within your reach from our La Rochelle campus! The choice of where to go is entirely yours:

    • On our La Rochelle and Tours off-site study locations: each day, 40 different nationalities work and study together
    • Different study tracks:
      • possibility of studying solely in English by choosing the English Track
      • possibility of spending one or two semesters studying on one of our off-site study locations (Beijing or New York)
    • Academic expatriation (optional): 80 partner universities across the globe, with the possibility of studying for a double degree
    • Internships: you can choose to carry out your internships in a company abroad
    • Other unique and significant experiences:
      • Humacité©: a compulsory project at the end of Year 1, to be carried out in France or abroad. Optional for those joining the programme in Year 2 (choice of either an operational internship or a Humacité© project)
      • Cap Anglophone (linguistic and cultural immersion): a 6-week experience, obligatory in Year 1

    Preparing you for the world of work: your employability is our priority

    A minimum of 14 months of company-based internships  
    As a fundamental element of the programme, company-based experience can take different forms:

    • Internships: duration 3-6 months, in Years 2 and 3.
    • Work-study: Work-study: duration 12 or 24 months. Course content is in line with real life issues that you will experience during the time spent in a company.
    • Internships: In Year 2 and Year 3, you will spend between 3 and 6 months carrying out internships
    • Gap year: You have the option of taking a gap year between Years 1 and 2 or Years 2 and 3. A gap year provides you with the possibility of even more professional experiences, whether in France or abroad.

    Support and guidance: helping you find your personal and professional path

    So as to guide you in your decision-making, a mentor will be on hand throughout your studies to help you plan and manage your personal and professional project. Concurrently, you have access to both personal development tools (such as self-awareness workshops) and professional development tools (such as CVs and interview techniques).

    Programme in detail

    • Acquiring the fundamentals of business and management
    • An introduction to Social Sciences
    • Developing an international outlook

    Year 1 focusses on acquiring the fundamentals of management as well as mastering business skills. Throughout the year, your mentor will guide you in your thought process and decision-making concerning your choice of study track.


    This year can be studied totally in English by opting for the English Track.

    2 Foreign languages:

    • 1st Modern Language: English
    • 2nd Modern Language: German, Italian, Spanish
    Highlights of the year

    Cap Anglophone project
    A linguistic and cultural immersion from mid-December until mid-February (6-8 weeks).


    • to develop your ability to adapt to a new intercultural environment
    • to encourage key skills such as open-mindedness, curiosity, the ability to listen and to react
    • to improve your English language ability

    This experience is a key part of the international track and is preceded by a preparation module ‘How to make the most of your Cap Anglophone project’.

    This project is a compulsory part of the programme.
    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 Group, which is committed to educating students to become future managers who are both responsible and conscious of the importance of their role in society.

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    Student associations
    A great way to settle into school life and to help you develop team-working skills, your involvement in one of the School’s associations, sports clubs or the Group’s communication or promotional activities is a compulsory part of the programme and will be evaluated in Year 1.

    Business Game 
    Right from your arrival on campus, you will be placed in a team to participate in an induction ‘Business Game’, a project that simulates company management. The purpose of this exercise is to make you aware of the importance of teamwork, develop your decision-making capacities in an unpredictable environment and to measure the impact of your actions on the strategy of a virtual company. This will be your first management exercise and an excellent way of helping you settle into the School.

    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.

    Year 2: EXPLORE & DESIGN
    • Exploring your ability to develop business
    • Adopting an international outlook
    • Acquiring professional skills
    • Designing your career path and professional project

    This year can be studied totally in English by opting for the English Track.
    2 Foreign languages:

    • 1st Modern Language: English
    • 2nd Modern Language: German, Italian, Spanish
    1. International Track

    If you have the required level of language ability, you can select academic expatriation and study for either a semester or an entire academic year in the United States or China or in one of our 80 partner universities. If you are feeling particularly motivated, you can even choose to study for a double degree.

    For all English-speaking options, you will need to have passed a TOEFL exam (to evaluate your English proficiency for pursuing academic studies). Similar exams in other languages (Spanish and German) are also organised at the School.

    For you to get the most from this expatriation on a cultural, linguistic and personal level, we limit the number of students assigned to the same destination.

    4 possibilities for studying abroad

    • Academic exchange: 1 or 2 semesters in one of our 80 partner universities to discover the managerial practices specific to the countries of this region, to learn about the cultural differences so as to help you appreciate, analyse and understand the intercultural situations that you will experience.
    • Semester at Walt Disney Resort (Orlando, USA): 1 semester studying at Delaware University and 2 online Harvard courses (30 ECTS points), followed by a 6-month internship in an ancillary service in Orlando.
    • Global Talent Track, at our off-site study locations: Semester 1 at IONA College (near New York, USA), Semester 2 at Beihang University (Beijing, China)

    IONA Programme

    • Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century
    • Consumer Behaviour
    • Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics
    • Cross Cultural Management
    • International Marketing
    • Treasury & Firm Management
    • Business Intelligence Journal

    + company visits, conferences etc.

    Beihang Programme

    • Marketing
    • Leadership & Management
    • Business Intelligence Journal
    • Information System Management
    • Doing Business in China
    • Organisations and Change
    • Cost and Budgeting
    • Chinese Language

    + company visits, conferences etc.

    • 9 Double Degrees:

    - Pittsburg University, Kansas, USA
    - University of Newcastle, Northumbria, UK
    - Turiba University, Latvia
    - Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
    - ICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium
    - Lodz University of Technology, PolandICHEC Brussels Management School, Belgium
    - Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
    - Chongqing University, China
    - Feng Chia University, Taiwan

    2. Business Development Track (Semester 1 on La Rochelle campus)

    Lessons available in French and in English

    Studying project management and development strategy, a group project must be selected from the following:

    • Business Development Consultancy Project
    • Management of an association (real life case study)
    • Business Creation*
    • Applied Research Track on organisations and managerial practices**

    * Possibility of obtaining a University Degree in Entrepreneurship
    ** Possibility of obtaining a University Degree in Research

    3. Elective Track (Semester 2 on La Rochelle campus)

    Choice of 4 electives (offered in French and in English) to strengthen your knowledge about a specific business sector, to determine the different professional environments that interest you and to understand the characteristics of this business sector in detail. Through this, you will be able to weigh up the employment potential of the sector and select your internships accordingly.

    4. Work-study Track (La Rochelle and Tours campuses)

    You can choose the work-study track as of Year 2, committing to a 24-month work-study period (Years 2 and 3). You will have to negotiate either an employment contract (contrat de professionnalisation) or an apprenticeship contract (contrat d’apprentissage) with a company. This will give you the opportunity of adding a professional business dimension to your studies by acquiring significant, real-life professional experience with important responsibility, whilst having your studies financed by the company.

    Format: 3 weeks company-based followed by 2-weeks School-based.


    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 DSCG (Diplôme Supérieur de Comptabilité et de Gestion – a leading management and accountancy qualification).
    By choosing the DSCG track in Year 2, you will study 4 additional DSCG modules:

    • DSCG Gestion juridique, fiscale de l’entreprise 1 (legal and tax administration of companies 1)
    • DSCG Droit pénal des groupes (company law)
    • DSCG Droit social (employment law)
    • DSCG Gestion juridique, fiscale de l’entreprise 2 (legal and tax administration of companies 2)

    Following this, in Year 3 you can choose to do a double degree Master in Management/Masters of Science (MSc) Audit and Consultancy, in order to complete units 1,2,4 and 5.

    Professional experience

    Students who are not on the work-study track will undertake an internship at the end of Year 2. This 3-month internship may be carried out in France or abroad and must be of an operational nature with a direct link to your studies (marketing, purchasing, management, HR etc.).

    If you join the programme in Year 2, you will have the choice of carrying out either an operational internship or a Humacité© project.

    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.

    Gap year
    A gap year is optional and subject to certain conditions. The aim is to use this year to enhance your personal and professional project by carrying out internships or securing jobs that enable you to learn about, or further your knowledge of, the careers or industry sectors you have chosen.
    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.
    Year 3: DESIGN & IMPACT

    Specialising and implementing your professional project

    1. Specialisation

    To finalise your professional orientation, you will select a job-specific or industry-specific specialisation.

    For this Specialisation, you can choose:

    • A Classic Track
    • A 12-month Work-study Track
    • An MSc or Engineering School Double Degree, (without lengthening the duration of your studies)
    • Lessons in French or in English
    2. MBA Double Degree at Pittsburg State University

    This Double Degree is carried out at an American university, without any additional tuition fees.
    At the end of your time at Pittsburg, you will have the opportunity of staying in the USA for an extra year with a work visa.

    Research dissertation

    The aim of this work is to evaluate your precision and report-writing skills. Focussing on a particular business issue that you will have previously defined, you will carry out theoretical analysis, undertake research, analyse the data and put forward recommendations, with the full support of your dissertation supervisor.

    This dissertation is a prerequisite for being awarded the Grade de Master qualification

    Professional experience

    Students who are not on the work-study track will undertake an internship at the end of Year 3. This 6-month internship may be carried out in France or abroad, must be of a strategic nature, give you the opportunity to work autonomously and have a direct link to your professional project. This internship will place you in a pre-employment situation.

    60 % of our students receive an offer of employment during this internship.

    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. 

  • The entire Master in Management has been developed around a multitude of experiences… some compulsory, others optional. Through these experiences, you will be able to shape a unique study track that reflects your preferences and aspirations.

    Student associations

    A rich and rewarding experience

    With a focus on both collective and individual fulfilment, student involvement in the various associations is in keeping with the fundamental values of La Rochelle Business School.
    Involvement in an association is compulsory and at the end of the year you will be assessed on your contribution and commitment to the work carried out in one of the associations, sports clubs or as part of the Group’s communication or promotional activities.

    There is a variety of projects to choose from, focussing on various themes, and they include many local or even national events:

    • Welcoming students and working on School events and projects
    • Artistic and cultural activities and events
    • Development of communications and media material
    • Civic and solidarity projects
    • Sports activities and events (team sports, nautical sports, motor sports)
    • Paid projects/jobs

    Experiences for your personal and professional development

    Throughout the year, students receive general support and supervision from the team at the Student Associations Office.

    Carrying out projects within the associations develops and puts into practice the values of sharing, solidarity, commitment and respect. A great in vivo experience of leadership, project management and team spirit that will make the difference when entering the job market.

    ‘Association Management’ track

    This track is available to some fifty students wishing to invest in community life by assuming positions of responsibility. These students not only benefit from a specially-adapted timetable, but will receive training in project management and team management, and will be suitably supervised to successfully complete quality projects.

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    Seeing the world differently

    Over and above the acquisition of new knowledge, our School aims to convey to its students the meaning of commitment and human values through Humacité© projects.

    As a cornerstone of all our study programmes, Humacité© offers students the opportunity to carry out a voluntary, social, humanitarian or civic project, in France or abroad.

    Developed as a unique experience for students, the aim of Humacité© is manifold:

    • an opportunity to leave their daily routine, to go out and meet other people
    • a maturity accelerator, helping students to become future managers with a sense of commitment, to develop their ability to become agents of change and to be adaptable
    • an ideal place for students to surpass themselves
    • a positive influence on students’ behaviour and actions in terms of citizenship, particularly civic-mindedness and team spirit

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    Personal Development

    One of our major objectives

    Mixing educational content, sharing experiences and providing practical workshops… the Experiential and Personal Development (EDP) programme assists you with your personal and professional project.

    From self-awareness to understanding the different jobs available, from researching internship possibilities to looking at feedback, from CVs to recruitment interviews, from personal networks to professional networks… the variety of topics covered and the practical workshops are all designed with the aim of preparing you, step by step, to walk confidently towards your first job.

    Experiences to discover the world and others

    • SCAP: involvement in clubs and associations
    • Défi terrain (field challenge): Carrying out communications and promotions
    • Cap Anglophone: Linguistic and cultural immersion (6 weeks)
    • Humacité©: solidarity and civic project
    • Oral defence: Year 1 feedback on experiences
    • Operational internship (3 mois) or work-study track (12 or 24 months) in Year 3
    • Management-level internship (6 months) or work-study track (12 or 24 months) in Year 3

    Personal development workshops

    • How to embark upon your professional project: workshops and personal appointments to discuss your motivations, the development of the professional project, your networks, how you will organise your internship and job search etc.
    • How to apply for internships and jobs: workshops and personal appointments to discuss your CV and cover letters, to simulate job interviews and how you can ‘sell’ yourself
    • How to have an impact on a professional level: workshops on oral communications (ability to convince), how to succeed in the workplace, and working in a team

    Your professional project

    • Learning how to develop projects
    • Ensuring your Humacité© project is a success
    • Understanding the job market and the corporate world
    • Individual support through the recruitment Forum tutoring scheme
    • Developing and widening your network
    • Industry-specific specialisation (Year 2)
    • Career orientation week (Year 2)
    • Grand Oral GEODE (Year 3)
    • Developing a personal brand strategy (Year 3)


    Expatriation: the perfect way to develop a global outlook and to improve your job prospects

    Expatriation is a rewarding experience and an integral part of the Master in Management programme.

    • Year 1: Cap Anglophone involves 6 to 8 weeks in an English-speaking country to strengthen your professional English skills. In addition, between Years 1 and 2, your Humacité© project, which can also be carried out abroad, adds the finishing touch to this first experience.
    • Year 2: Students can opt for academic expatriation, for one or two semesters, in one of the programme’s 79 partner universities. They also have the opportunity to attend a partner university for a complete academic year in order to study for a double degree (one of 7 on offer).
    • Internships and gap year: The Year 2 Operational Internship, Year 3 Internship and a gap year may also be carried out abroad.

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    Starting in Year 2, specific courses are available to enable you to develop your entrepreneurial and managerial skills.

    ‘Association Management’ track

    You can benefit from a specially-adapted timetable to enable you to successfully carry out your projects whilst studying. Would you like to get involved in one of the association’s projects? Why not develop your managerial skills and your ability to work in a team!


    As the central theme for Year 2, based on a simulation platform bringing together nearly 7,000 companies, this project entails developing an innovative company. You will study its market, define its legal status, develop the business plan, develop its structure, raise funds and then manage its daily running (HR, purchasing, marketing, communications) before further developing the business in France or internationally. There is even a bankruptcy and takeover simulation to teach you how to cope with all eventualities!



    At the heart of your studies

    Company-based experience is one of the fundamental elements of your studies. Essential for developing your professional project and assessing your choices of specialisation, company-based internships are the best way to put theory into practice and help you finalise your career orientation. By the end of your studies, your CV will boast between 9 and 24 months’ company-based work experience... even more if you decide to take a gap year.

    Every year, Entreprises et Carrières (companies and careers) meetings are organised where French and international companies looking for interns, apprentices or young graduates, are invited to meet our students.

    In addition, an important feature of the Master in Management is the involvement of past graduates who contribute to the programme by sharing their experience and conveying good practice as well as supporting and guiding students in their search for internships or jobs.

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    Work-study track: a springboard to the world of work

    With a strong local network of companies, certain specialisations of the Master in Management programme can be carried out on a work-study track (12 or 24 months). The educational content of the work-study track is the same as that of the classic study track, it’s simply the format that is different.

    Choosing the work-study track is choosing to boost your professional experience. This can often be the differentiating element on a CV as it proves you have already had significant work experience. Throughout your work-study path, you will receive support and guidance from both a School mentor and an industry professional from the company in which you work. They will help you adapt to the working environment and ensure that the projects assigned to you are pertinent, reflect your level of knowledge and are carried out smoothly and efficiently.

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  • Length of time required to secure a job

    99% of our graduates are in the workplace within 6 months of graduating:
    60% find a job before the end of their studies
    23% find a job after less than 2 months of searching
    13% find a job within 2-4 months of graduating
    4% find a job after 4+ months of graduating


    €38k: average annual starting salary
    €49k: average annual salary after 3 years


    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, China, Canada, Poland, United States of America, Luxembourg, Belgium, Panama, Chile, Ireland, Indonesia, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, India, Israel, Sweden.

    Graduates work across a number of industry sectors

    29% Sales (including Commercial Engineer)
    22% Communications, Marketing, Events
    16% Administration, Management, Finance, Audit
    12% Purchasing, Supply, Logistics
    11% Human Resources
    4% Audit, Consultancy
    2% Information Systems
    1% Research, Development
    1% Senior Management
    2% Other

    (2018 Figures)

  • Tuition Fees 2020-2021

    Students from within the European Union*

    Year 1 €10,900
    Year 2 €10,900
    Year 3 €10,900

    *28 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, The United Kingdom.

    Students from outside the European Union

    Year 1 €12,400
    Year 2 €12,600
    Year 3 €12,600

    Work-study Track

    Year 2 €11,900**
    Year 3 €11,900**

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

    ** Tuition fees paid by the host company or financed by an OPCA (approved collection agency). The work-study track is open to all students from within and outside of the European Union

    Multiservice charge

    Fee: € 550

    The 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 1st year

    Open to students with a minimum of 2 years post-High School education or international equivalent.

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


    Application fees: 50€


    Apply for the 2nd year

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

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


    Application fees: 50€


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