Master in Management (Grande Ecole)

Lead with purpose

As a Top 50 Masters in Management in the world (QS World University Ranking, 2022), our programme gives you unparalleled opportunities to specialise in areas that interest you – while building immersive international work experience. With a degree from one of France’s elite Grande Ecole programmes, the quality of your training is recognised no matter where you go.

  • Select from one of 20 specialisations offered in English
  • Gain an impressive 4-18 months of in-company experience – you decide the duration
  • Enjoy Audencia’s corporate connections and comprehensive career services 

Key information


Master in Management – Audencia (Grande Ecole)

LANGUAGEEnglish or French
  • French as a Foreign Language classes included as part of your programme
  • Proficiency in English
  • Bachelor’s degree from a non-French institution
  • Proficiency in French (only if you choose courses taught in French)
What if I hold a degree from a French institution?

DURATIONMaster in Management: 2 years, full time
(standard pathway)
  • Year 1: In-person in Nantes, France
  • Year 2: In-person in Nantes, France
  • Internship: Anywhere in the world

Grande Ecole

Build your Dream Job in France with Elite and Custom Education

Audencia’s Master in Management (MIM) is one of France’s elite Grande Ecole (GE) programmes. It is recognised worldwide for quality. Highly customisable and international, it is designed to help you get your foot in the door with a French, European and/or other international business during your studies.


Our reputation, quality, network, and locations provide you with training from the best in both industry and academia. The knowledge, experience and vast network you’ll gain will prepare you to lead in international management.  


Audencia is amongst the elite 1% of business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. A world leader in corporate social responsibility, we were the first French business school to adhere to the UN’s Global Compact and sign the Principles of Responsible Management Education, which we also helped define. We bridge the gap between passion and business, pairing creativity with meaningful and effective action. 


Through our network, you’ll work with faculty members who have extensive industry experience, researchers who specialise in a diverse range of fields and corporate partners in need of real solutions. We’re constantly developing innovative collaborations that expand our network, such as our alliance with other leading institutions in Nantes that unite and enrich engineering, management, architecture and creativity. 


A well-connected modern city with old-world flair, Nantes, France, is recognised by the EU for quality of life. The entire Loire Valley region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn more about life at Audencia.


Build your programme to fit your goals

Go beyond a solid foundation in general management principles to gain extensive workplace experience and advanced training in multiple areas of specialisation. You’ll learn from top-performing faculty with expertise in accounting, marketing, finance, statistics, logistics, project management, languages and more. Join us at top-ranked, triple-accredited, and corporately connected Audencia. 

In this first year of study, you will gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of international management and develop relevant skills in problem solving and innovation through core courses. You will also complete core courses through Gaïa, Audencia's School of Ecological and Social Transition.

Our graduates are well-rounded professionals. In the first year of your studies, you’ll gain comprehensive training in the fundamentals of international management – accounting, marketing, finance, statistics, logistics and project management. You’ll also take advanced French as a foreign language and a sport course. All courses listed are available in English or French.

  • Marketing Strategies
  • Financial Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Simulation
  • Business Project
  • French as a Foreign Language
  • Sport

This semester, dedicated to the management of the ecological and social transition, will provide students with key skills to integrate societal and environmental issues into their future careers in finance, marketing, consulting, supply chain, HR...

More and more companies, whatever their size and sector, are mobilizing to develop sustainable and responsible approaches across all their businesses.

For more information and a full course list, see Gaïa Semester.

This second year of the programme represents one of the fundamental pillars of the Programme Grande Ecole: multi-disciplinary competencies. With 20 MSc programmes at Audencia, divided into 5 overarching themes, you will be able to build the programme that meets your needs and career aspirations.

Become a specialist in your area of interest and choose from the following MSc programmes:

Explore various specialisations in Business & Society, including the following MSc programmes:

Entrepreneurship & Innovation For Impact
Responsible Procurement And Supply Chain Management
Management For Sustainable Business

Explore various specialisations in Marketing & Sales, including the following MSc programmes:

Brand Strategy & Product Management
Digital Marketing
Business Development & Growth Hacking
Data Science For Marketing


Explore various specialisations in Management, including the following MSc programmes:

Public Policy & International Cooperation
Digital Business & Data Management
Human Resource Management & People Development
International Management & Business
Business Strategy & Consulting

Other Specialisations

Explore this broad theme of specialisations, including the following MSc programmes:

Food & Agribusiness Management
Sustainable Luxury
Cultural & Arts Management

During this mandatory four- to six-month internship, you'll apply your new expertise within your areas of specialisation. This internship serves as a springboard for entry into professional life. It allows you to build connections with our network of corporate partners in France and abroad, as well as strengthen your international portfolio and employability.

You'll secure your internship with a company of your choice (with the assistance of our internal job board). The internship is guided by a faculty member so that you'll gain a hands-on practical understanding and an academic one – something that looks good on any résumé. Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws.

Here are just a few examples of places graduates have interned:

  • Airbus
  • Bayer AG
  • Coca-Cola
  • Deloitte
  • Henkel
  • Nestlé
  • Société Générale
  • Volkswagen Group
  • Warner Bros.

You’ll turn in a report on your experience following the required four- to six-month internship. You’ll have the support of an academic mentor at Audencia throughout the writing and evaluation of your internship report.

Programme Structure

employed within two months of graduation

Audencia Faculty

Faculty members at Audencia are incredibly diverse, with 50% of professors representing 27 countries outside of France. Many have backgrounds in industry; their work is published in internationally recognised academic journals and business publications and they regularly act as consultants to a wide range of business entities, including start-ups, non-profits, NGOs, SMEs and multinational corporations.

All faculty members work within the frame of corporate social responsibility (CSR), advancing responsible best practices for the business world. Areas of expertise are many and typically fall into one or more of the following research departments:

  • Finance
  • Business and Society
  • Communication and Culture
  • Management
  • Marketing

Meet Audencia faculty

Career & Alumni

Proven career outcomes for your success in management

With the ever-increasing globalisation of the world’s economies, corporations need highly trained leaders who can tackle complex and challenging issues in innovative and socially responsible ways.

Audencia works hand-in-hand with the corporate world and is a leader in advanced management practices. As a result, 95% of graduates from your programme are employed before or within two months of graduation – with a truly international education gained in one of the best places to live in France.

Note: Statistics are based on the number of replies to the question. They relate to all classes to date unless otherwise stipulated.

Discover our Corporate Partners

Our Career Services team – with international corporate backgrounds – will help get you there with support, planning and training from the very beginning. And our close ties with the business world benefit you in the classroom and in your future career.

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • 15,000+ employment opportunities posted each year on our dedicated intranet
  • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
  • CV workshops
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
  • Auditing sector fair
  • Information resources and online tools
  • Access to 100+ career events on various topics

Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work.

This programme prepares graduates for a range of sectors. Graduates are employed as follows:

  • Agribusiness
  • Auditing
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Distribution (vehicle and mobility, public building and works, energy, mechanics, textile)
  • Industries
  • Insurance and banking
  • IT
  • Public and parapublic (administration, culture, humanitarian aid, health)
  • Services (real estate, training, tourism, transport)

Graduates of this programme are employed in the following functions:

  • Auditing
  • Banking and finance
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Purchasing and logistics
  • Sales

A wide range of companies – including French, international and multinational – employ graduates of this programme. Companies employing your peers include:

  • Accenture
  • Bank of America
  • Carrefour
  • Google
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Microsoft
  • Nike
  • PepsiCo
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PSA Peugot-Citroen
  • Sotheby’s

Admissions & Finance

For a full breakdown of programme pathways, eligibility requirements and application procedures, see: Admissions Pathways.

Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career!

Jiajia Fang

Jiajia Fang

Travel Retail Manager for Shiseido Group in Dubai, UAE

Jiajia Fang, from China, graduated in 2016 from the Master in Management Grande Ecole program and is now working as a Travel Retail Manager for Shiseido Group in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This job brings together everything she has always been wanting for a fulfilling career. Here, she shares with us her Audencia experience and her new life in the Middle East:

“I chose Audencia because it is one of the top ranked business schools in France. Studying at Audencia carries value in the business world. The three years of Master in Management Grande Ecole program was just perfect to further my knowledge in management/consulting, and to practice and strengthen my professional skills during my different internships. The program also offered the possibility of a semester of studies abroad, which added a lot of fun. The school is located in the lovely city of Nantes, which is very student friendly, dynamic, and close to the seaside and to Paris.

Audencia has an active student association helping international students to integrate. All the activities organized by students associations were a perfect stress reliever from all the schoolwork, and a fantastic way to make new friends. Thanks to this programme, students can experience major life milestones: relocation to a new city, first internship, first exchange semester, first job…etc. We help each other and that is also a good way to build long-term friendships with people from all over the world. Audencia also has a strong alumni presence around the world, which helps to broaden the network and the career perspectives.

This experience allowed me to understand France and the French culture, to speak French fluently, one of the most elegant and useful languages in the world. As it turned out, each internship (during the programme) or each job (after graduation) had a strong link with France.

This experience at Audencia prepared me both professionally and personally for the rest of my life. I learnt to work efficiently and to interact with individuals from all cultural backgrounds. I learnt to be more independent and more flexible in all situations. I must say I miss this student’s experience already!

But I’m delighted because my career dream came true. My current job is the absolute dream job since it combines my two passions: travel and cosmetics. The duty free market remains a booming and fun sector in cosmetics (pre- and hopefully post-Covid): I’m always on the road, flying around the globe, exploring new markets, having interesting business meetings with fascinating people, attending glamorous seminars and trainings. And on top of that, I’m managing some of the world’s most prestigious brands in an exciting market: the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. I honestly couldn’t think of a better job for me.”