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Master in Management (Grande Ecole)

Lead with purpose

The Master in Management at Audencia Business School is one of France’s elite Grande École programmes, recognised worldwide for quality. As a student, you benefit from our reputation, network and forward-thinking training. You’ll develop multiple areas of expertise and be strong in the fundamentals of international management. You’ll have diverse and immersive work experiences.

  • Choose between a wide range of specialisations in English or French
  • Gain 4 to 18 months of in-company experience – you decide the duration
  • Learn from top-performing faculty with expertise in accounting, marketing, finance, statistics, logistics, project management, languages and more
  • Enjoy comprehensive career services from a team of professionals with backgrounds in the international corporate world

Key information

Degree earned: Master in Management
Language: English or French – your choice
Duration: 2 to 3 years, full-time
Programme start: September
Tuition: €29,750

  • Proficiency in English
  • Bachelor’s degree from a non-French institution (with at least 3 years of study outside of France)
  • GMAT with a 550 minimum or GRE with a 300 minimum or CAT with a 150 minimum or TAGE MAGE with a 250 minimum
  • Candidates holding a French degree can find requirements on our Grande École site


Build your programme to fit your goals

Gain extensive workplace experience and advanced training in multiple areas of specialisation while also building a solid foundation in general management principles. The Master in Management at Audencia lets you fit your programme to your goals. Join us at one of the top-ranked, triple-accredited, most corporately connected business schools in Europe – and one of the best places to live in France.

Period 1 (September to December)

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of international management and develop relevant skills in problem solving and innovation with core courses, as well as 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.

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

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)”.

International Management

  • Accounting, Audit and Control (EN)
  • Digital Marketing (EN)
  • Organisational Change Management (EN)


  • Managing Organisational Change (FR)
  • Negotiation Skills (FR)
  • Digital Marketing (FR)


  • International Finance (EN)
  • Basics of VBA Excel (FR)
  • Quantitative Finance (FR)
  • Accounting and Auditing (FR)
  • CFA Ethics (FR)

You can choose to focus on the professional world, taking a break from courses to intern for 9-12 months. You may hold either one or two internships – in France or abroad. Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws. This optional internship allows you to:

  • Better understand career paths and organisational structures
  • Acquire professional knowledge, experience and skills in a specific sector
  • Establish a plan for your career trajectory
  • Make an informed choice about the upcoming programme specialisation tracks

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 include:

  • BNP Paribas
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Crédit Agricole
  • Danone
  • L’Oréal
  • Lufthansa Consulting
  • Nokia
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Ubisoft
  • World Bank Group

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.

Periods 2 and 3 (January to May and September to December)

During this period, you’ll select courses to prepare you as a specialist in your area(s) of interest. Each specialisation is taught over the course of one term by Audencia faculty members. Courses are grouped into the following specialisation areas; those available in English are marked with “(EN)” and  those available in French are marked with “(FR)”.

  • Corporate Finance (EN or FR)
  • Financial Markets (EN)
  • Management Control and Auditing (FR)
  • Financial Strategy (FR)
  • Financial Risk Management (FR)
  • Human Resource Management (FR)
  • Arts Management (FR)
  • Consulting (EN)
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurs (FR)
  • Management of Digital Business and Information Technology (EN)
  • Social Business (EN)- Launch January 2019
  • Communication and Media Studies (FR)- Launch January 2019 
  • Marketing for Product Managers (EN)
  • Business Development (FR)
  • Digital Marketing (FR)

Period 4 (January to May or July)

During this mandatory 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.

International scope

Audencia is among the elite 1% of business schools to hold triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA – the international triple crown of quality. You’ll benefit from our network of international corporate partners, faculty members with extensive industry and international experience, and researchers who specialise in the field.

Career & alumni

Proven career outcomes for management success

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% 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
employed before or within two months of graduation
found employment through their internship
work in France

Admissions & finance

Apply now
(Note that students with a degree from a French institution should visit the Grande École French site for admissions procedure).

Admissions are open until 15 June at the latest, and may close earlier if the class is full.

We strongly recommend applying as early as possible due to the limited number of seats available.

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.

To apply, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of France (with a minimum of three years of study occurring outside of France)

If you hold a degree from a French institution, please see our Grande École page for further information

  • Proficiency in English (required for international and French applicants)
  • Proficiency in French (required only if chosen language of instruction is French)
  • A written test: GMAT with a 550 minimum or GRE with a 300 minimum or CAT with a 150 minimum (if chosen language of instruction is English); TAGE MAGE with a 250 minimum (if chosen language of instruction is French)

Note: You can apply during the final year of your bachelor’s studies.

To apply, you have two options (choose only one):

  1. Apply directly through Audencia and complete your online application at For more information, see Documents and Procedure below. 


  2. Apply through JOIN A SCHOOL IN FRANCE to five French business schools. You decide your final choice if admitted to more than one school. Visit the Join a School in France website for more information.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV and letter of motivation in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score* (TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS)
  • Written test: GMAT, GRE or CAT (if chosen language of instruction is English); TAGE MAGE (if chosen language of instruction is French)
  • Copy of identity document (e.g. passport)

*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 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 SAI, please see the SAI website.

  1. Submitting your application
    Complete the online application (recommended by 31 January). Upon completion, you’ll pay the €100 application fee using any major credit card. If you cannot use a credit card, you may contact us for alternatives.

    Your application will be evaluated within seven days. If you qualify, step two will also occur within seven days of your application.

  2. Admission interview
    At a prearranged time, you will have a 15 - 20-minute exchange with an admissions counsellor to assess your level of English and make sure that you are a good fit for the programme.

  3. Admission decision
    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. You should have a decision immediately following your interview. If your application is borderline and requires further review by the programme director, you will have an admission decision within 18 days of your interview. Please do expect some delay during holidays.

  4. Acceptance
    Congratulations! If admitted, you’re invited to officially join the programme. You’ll sign a contract and pay the first instalment of the tuition fees- €1,500- which is non-refundable.

    We’re happy to help you! Please contact us with any further questions.

    Note that this page describes the process to apply directly to Audencia. If you choose to apply through SAI, please see the SAI website.
Master in Management (Grande Ecole)€29,750

Note that an additional fee of €1,400 applies for students choosing the optional in-company year. 

For study abroad terms, additional tuition fees may be applied by partner institutions according to the number of credit hours taken. If additional tuition fees apply, these fees will be paid directly to the partner institutions. 

If you hold a degree from a French institution, please see our Grande École page in French for further information. 

Other costs linked to school fees

  • Application fee: €100. 
  • Costs such as visa fees, CVEC, complementary health insurance, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.

There are a range of external scholarships you may be eligible for as an international student. Please contact us with questions.

In addition to an Audencia scholarship, you may be eligible for funding by other public or private bodies. You will find some examples here