As a Top 50 Masters in Management in the world (QS World University Ranking, 2021), 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.
Master in Management – Audencia (Grande Ecole)
Optional double degrees (Additional admissions conditions and fees may apply):
|LANGUAGE||English or French|
|ELIGIBILITY||Proficiency in English|
|PROGRAMME START||Fall: 1 September 2021|
Spring: 8 February 2021
|DURATION||Master in Management: 2-3 years, full time|
Fast-Track: 18 months, full time
|LOCATION & FORMAT|
|TUITION||MSc: €29,750 |
*Tuition fees for double degree and study abroad options vary
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.
You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of international management and develop relevant skills in problem solving and innovation through core courses. You’ll also begin defining the shape of your programme with electives.
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.
Choose one elective track. Then, you’ll select any two classes within that track. Those available in English are marked with “(EN)” and those available in French are marked with “(FR)”.
You can choose to focus on the professional world, taking a break from courses to intern. Your optional in-company gap year would begin in Term 2 and can last 9-12 months. You will then pick up your courses where you left off.
Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws. This optional internship allows you to:
Internships may be carried out in any type of business or organisation, as long as the tasks undertaken are in areas related to management. Companies students have worked with during this period of time include:
You’ll have the support of both academic mentors at Audencia and corporate mentors within the company. Your mentors will support you throughout the programme and assist you with your internship report.
You’ll turn in a report on your internship experience following the in-company year. Once approved, you’ll earn 20 academic credits for your work.
Terms 2 & 3
Select courses to guide your career and prepare as a specialist in your area(s) of interest. Courses are grouped into the specialisation areas outlined below; those available in English are marked with "(EN)" and those available in French are marked with "(FR)". You will select one specialisation area in Term 2 and a different area in Term 3.
Only the courses marked with an * are available to students who wish to do the Terms 2 or 3 online.
See the detailed section on specialisations to learn more about the curriculum and reservation process.
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:
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.
Your Master in Management programme offers you total flexibility to design your experience.
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.
Audencia has strong partnerships with leading academic institutions across the globe. If you choose to spend a term abroad, you can select from eight well-respected institutions:
Additional tuition fees apply.
Please note that access to exchange semesters abroad is subject to selection and requires a minimum TOEFL score of 90 for non-native speakers.
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:
If you choose to pursue a double degree as an Audencia Master in Management student, you will complete your first year at Audencia, start your second year with an internship anywhere in the world and then head off to one of the schools listed here for a second master degree programme. Options include international or French double degrees.
Boston University, located in one of the U.S.’s largest and most innovative cities and counted in the top 100 of World University Rankings, welcomes Audencia Master in Management students on a double degree basis to any of the following Master of Science programmes:
You can earn this double degree in one additional year and may even opt to gain some additional work experience in the U.S. through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) scheme.
Additional tuition fees apply.
Lancaster University is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the U.K. It was awarded 7th for teaching excellence in Europe in the Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2019. The campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city centre.
As an Audencia Master in Management student, you can earn this double degree in one additional year.
Additional tuition fees apply.
Earn the double degree of Master of Science in Petroleum Economics and Management.
IFP School is known for advanced training in the field of energy, including new energy technologies, oil, gas, petrochemicals and powertrains. Learn how to address the economic challenges faced by the energy and transport sectors while they advance towards substitutes for oil and gas through technological innovation.
As an Audencia Master in Management student, you can earn this double degree in one additional year. Please note that no additional tuition fees apply.
Learn more about the MSc in Management for the Energy Industry
Earn the double degree of Master in International Vintage.
Develop dual technical and marketing skills in the wine industry on an international scale – from physical properties to consumer behaviour to in-depth knowledge of wine-growing regions.
This course is offered by Ecole Supérieure d’Agricultures (ESA) in partnership with higher education institutions in countries central to the wine industry: France, Spain, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, South Africa and Chile. As an Audencia Master in Management student, you can earn this double degree in one additional year, spending time in France, Italy and Portugal.
Additional tuition fees apply.
Earn the double degree of Mastères Spécialisé in Management du Sport from Audencia. Courses are taught in French.
Additional tuition fees may apply.
Earn the double degree of Mastères Spécialisé in Marketing Design et Création from Audencia. Courses are taught in French.
Additional tuition fees may apply.
Prepare as a specialist in your area(s) of interest to guide your career. Courses are grouped into the specialisation areas of finance, marketing and management. You can select one specialisation in Term 2 and a different one in Term 3.
(In English or French; Term 2 or 3)
Gain expertise in the following fields: fundamentals of accounting, financial analysis of investment decisions and corporate finance, financial markets, financial institutions and economic conditions, asset management and valuation and risk management.
Career prospects: financial analyst, financial director, treasurer, credit analyst, corporate affairs manager, asset manager, investment banker, investment banking manager, auditor and consultant.
(In English; year 1 only)
Students will have a strong technical knowledge and professional skills for the prospects of a career in asset management, among others: financial analysis, financial markets, company valuation, portfolio management, risk management, assets valuation, derivatives, macroeconomics.
Career prospects: Financial analyst, Private equity, Credit analyst, Business development manager, Sales, Front office, Back office, Risk Management, Wealth manager, Corporate & investment banking
(In English; Term 3 only)
This specialisation prepares you for roles in corporate finance, equity management and equity finance structuring. Particular emphasis is placed on mergers and acquisitions, financial analysis of investment decisions and corporate finance.
Career prospects: M&A firm positions, financial structuring analyst, financial analyst, investment banker and consultant.
(In English; academic period 2 only)
Description here soon.
Note: The following specialisations are incompatible due to similarity in content or a clash in schedule:
(In English; Term 2 or 3)
Become a marketing manager with strong professional skills, focusing on practice and expertise in complex environments. Develop a critical approach towards marketing, as you will have a key role in ethical, environmental and social changes.
There are three components to this specialisation:
Career prospects: product and brand manager, communications and PR manager, sales and negotiation staff, market researcher for international or small companies or consultant
Sectors: FMCG, luxury goods and cosmetics, retail, industry, services and energy
(In English; Term 2 only)
Get in-depth training in importing/exporting in distilled spirits and wine management, French spirits and wine branding in international markets and luxury marketing.
Career prospects: export manager, trade marketing manager, business developer, product marketing manager, marketing and communication manager, and trade manager.
(In English; Term 2 or 3)
Get the tools you need for a career in management consulting. The diversity of cultures and sectors covered prepare you for work with businesses of all types, sizes and cultures. Through this specialisation, you’ll develop a high calibre of technical and interpersonal skills.
Career prospects: junior consultant, business analyst, business development manager, internal consultant and project manager
(In English, Term 2 only)
Rethink business in society, developing skills in cross-sector solutions, CSR strategy and performance, CSR audit and certification, social economy financing and governance in the social economy.
Career prospects: CSR analyst or auditor, sustainability manager, social entrepreneur, responsible investment manager.
(In English; Term 2 only)
This specialisation comprises seven modules that help you develop a clear perspective on how supply chain management and purchasing can lead to superior performance.
Career prospects: supply chain manager, operations manager, purchasing manager, logistics manager.
(In English; Term 3 only)
In line with leading information systems/technology management programmes, this course combines business, technology and management theory and practice. Gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you need for a range of IT-related careers, including knowledge management, global IT outsourcing, strategic IS planning and evaluation, IS project management and data science.
Career prospects: management/information systems consultant, IT project manager, chief information officer, data and analytics specialist, and many more.
(In English; Term 3 only)
Build the skills of a business developer. Train to take a company’s business international – and to develop and implement growth opportunities successfully. This specialisation is practical; it is designed for future managers of small and medium-sized companies. Learn business development tools for market research and market entry strategies, logistics and supply management, and business planning, among others.
Career prospects: entrepreneurs, business developers, prospective managers.
If you’d like to reserve a spot in your preferred specialisation, you can select it before starting classes. If you do this, your choice is final and you cannot switch later in the year.
To lock your specialisation
Inform admissions of your choice before 15 May. There is a selection process. Shortly after (in June), admissions will confirm if you have been admitted to your area of choice and reserve your place.
To decide later
You don’t have to decide now! You may also start your classes as “undeclared” and select a specialisation later. Your choice is subject to available seats.
Online: Only the following specialisations are available online
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.
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.
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:
Graduates of this programme are employed in the following functions:
A wide range of companies – including French, international and multinational – employ graduates of this programme. Companies employing your peers include:
Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you’ll need to make it smoothly through the application process.
The Master in Management programme has two intakes per year:
We strongly recommend applying as early as possible due to the limited number of seats available. Contact us with any questions.
(If you have a degree from a French institution, visit the Grande Ecole French site.)
Master in Management
Note: you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.
Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take it later in the year.
At Audencia Business School, Corporate Social Responsibility is at the very heart of our values; in order to ensure equal treatment of applications during the admission process, we grade the application files using a 100-point system, tied to a set of objective criteria:
1. GPA conversion
2. English proficiency
3. Professional experience in months (up to 5%)
We also award bonus points for the following criteria:
Admissions are open until 15 June for fall and 18 December for spring, or until the programme is full; we strongly recommend applying as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of seats available. To apply, you have two options (choose only one):
In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:
*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English. Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.
Note that this page describes the documents needed to apply directly to Audencia. If you choose to apply through Join a School in France, please see the Join a School in France website.
Note that this page describes the process to apply directly to Audencia. If you choose to apply through Join a School in France, please see the Join a School in France website website.
Tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 academic year
Please note we are providing generous Solidarity scholarships to combat the effects of this global hardship. See the Financing section for more information.
Master in Management (MIM): €29,750
*Tuition fees for double degrees vary
Optional in-company year
€1,950 fee, with possibility of paid internship, depending on destination
Optional study abroad
Additional tuition fees may be applied by partner institutions according to the number of credit hours you take. If additional tuition fees apply, these fees will be paid directly to the partner institutions. Contact us with questions.
Other costs linked to school fees
We award €500,000+ in scholarships per year, giving high-performing students around the world the chance to study in a world-class environment. In light of the global crisis, Audencia is investing unprecedented funds in scholarships to help you to pursue your goals. This is a reflection of our commitment to global responsibility – and our belief in you as the next generation of leaders.
|Diversity Scholarship (Solidarity)||30%-40%||For underrepresented nationalities|
|Excellence Scholarship||Up to 50%||Merit-based scholarship; selection based on academic excellence, test scores and other criteria|
We recommend applying early, as funding is limited.
*The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision from the Audencia scholarship committee. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but who have not yet started the programmes. Scholarships, waivers and awards are not cumulative. If two are awarded to the same student, only the one with the highest amount will be kept unless otherwise stated. All scholarships are for international applicants unless otherwise stated.
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.”