Rouen Business School

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Rouen Business School
Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen
TypeGrande école
DeanAlain Dulondel
Academic staff
Location, ,
AffiliationsConférence des Grandes Ecoles

The Rouen Business School (French: Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen) was a leading French business school.

Rouen Business School's quality is recognized by its "triple-crown" accreditations (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) and its Financial Times' ranking 13th position best European Master in Management. The Financial Times also highlights the particular quality of the education it provides in finance, ranking the "Grande Ecole" program 8th best in Europe and 4th best in France.

On 24 April 2013, Rouen Business School and Reims Management School announced the merger of the two Schools into a single entity - NEOMA Business School.


Established in 1871 in the then-vibrant industrial city of Rouen, it is the second business school to be created in France.[1]

Groupe ESC Rouen was formed in 1996, gathering together four independent schools, all managed and financed mainly by the Rouen Chamber of Commerce and Industry. These schools are ESC Rouen, the leading school of the group, IFI, ISPP and ECAL - each school having a distinctive mission and student base.

ESC Rouen is a founding member of the Chapitre des Ecoles du Management de la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (Chapter of Management Schools belonging to the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles). The school is also a member of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) and AACSB (International Association for Management Education).

ESC Rouen received EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development for a second time in May 2005. Later, the school has received AACSB and AMBA accreditations.


Financial Times (2007) - The ESC Rouen Grande Ecole Programme is ranked 13th position best European Master in Management. The Financial Times also highlights the quality of the formation in finance ranking the ESC Rouen Grande Ecole Programme 8th best school in Europe and 4th best school in France.

ESC Rouen is also consistently ranked among the top-10 French business schools.

Le Nouvel Economist (2007) - 7th position
L'Expansion (2006) - 6th position relating to best starting salary and three years after graduating
Challenges (December 2005) - 6th position
Capital (2004) - 5th position for starting salaries for business school graduates

The École Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen


62 full-time professors (180 overall)
1340 student and 2600 in the ESC Rouen Groupe
Budget: 28 million euros

Training offered[edit]

Graduate programme (Flagship Diploma)

The Grande Ecole Programme is organised in two sections (Bachelor and Master), and is perfectly adapted to international mobility. Its mission is to receive a growing number of foreign students. The Masters section, covering four semesters, includes one semester of internship and a study period in one of our partner universities. It ends up with a ‘major’, which is a genuine interface with the international job market. The ‘European tracks’ which are one semester longer, allow students to study in three or four different European Union countries. They widen the horizons and the employment prospects in those domains in which the ESC Rouen specialises, particularly in its two areas of excellence : finance and international marketing.

Management teaching programme over seven semesters, with a strong international dimension and adapted to the demands of each student.

Recruitment after preparatory classes (ECRICOME entrance exam and UNIVERSA for international students) and as parallel admission after a course up to Bac+2 or Bac+3/4 (Tremplin 1 and Tremplin2).

The Grande Ecole programme complies with the requirements of the Bologna Process.

Undergraduate programmes[edit]

IFI (created in 1986) offers a 4-year programme specialising in international business. This leads to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a specialisation in either International Marketing or International Management. IFI has the highest accreditation of the Ministry of Education, which is called the "visa".

ISPP (created in 1977) offers a 3-year Bachelor of Arts programme in Management (with specialisations in Sales Management, Tourism, Logistics and Retailing). ISPP has the highest accreditation of the Ministry of Education ("visa").

ECAL (created in 1962) offers a 2-year programme in Retailing Management, with students being accepted after having already completed two years of post-secondary education.

Postgraduate programmes[edit]

Specialised Masters: The Rouen School of Management offers specialised masters courses accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, as well as an MBA. Teaching is either full-time in Rouen or part-time in Paris.

By setting up a centre in Paris, the Rouen School of Management is confirming its determination to develop its range of part-time postgraduate programmes.

Specialised Masters Part Time in Paris (MBA Center - 23 rue d'Anjou - 75008 Paris):

  • Market Research and Marketing Management
  • Marketing of Products for Children and Young Consumers
  • Corporate Communication Strategy

Specialised Masters Full Time in Rouen:

  • Market Research and Marketing Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Management Strategy for International Development
  • Master of Science in European Management
  • Master of Science in Business Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Financial Markets

MBA - Master in Business Administration

  • MSc in European Management : a one-year programme conducted in English and open to students who have 4-year bachelor's degrees.
  • Rouen Normandy MBA : a 12 – 16-month programme taught in English.

ESC Rouen - Grande Ecole Programme[edit]

13 specialised majors in the 3rd year (Grande Ecole Programme). The 13 majors are designed jointly with European partner universities and are taught by international teams. They are offered to students in the 3rd year so as to strengthen their theoretical knowledge in the main management disciplines:


  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Markets
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Finance and International Management
  • Financial and Banking Management
  • Marketing of Services, Retailing and Leisure Activities
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Human Resources Management
  • Performance Management
  • Management of Non-Profit Organisations
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing of Products and Communication


  • First year : CPGE (preparatory school): 260 accepted
  • First year: University Diploma (Bac + 2): 35 places
  • Second year: University Diploma (Bac + 3 to Bac + 4): 65 places


Semester 3 : 6 months compulsory internship
Place: France or overseas

Semester 5 or 6 : 6 to 8 months internship
Subject: Professional insertion
Place: France or overseas

Semester 8 : 6 month intership
Subject: Professional integration
Place: France or overseas

Semester 5 and 6 : Possibility of a gap year in a company for 9 to 12 months

International partners[edit]

The agreements between Groupe ESC Rouen and its 171 partner universities offer students the possibility of studying in universities and business schools.

These agreements allow our students to spend one or two semesters in one of these universities. The grades obtained are credited towards their degree. Each year, 100% of the IFI students and about 90% of ESC Rouen students study abroad.

In exchange, Rouen welcomes nearly 370 students from its partner universities onto its different programmes and generally stay between 3 and 9 months. These students also have the possibility of continuing their graduate studies in order to complete the full ESC-Programme and obtain the Diplôme de Grande Ecole (Master of Science in Management).

Groupe ESC Rouen also offers European Management Seminars which are customized intensive management seminars on "Doing Business in the European Union". These seminars are organised at the Undergraduate, Graduate and Post-Graduate level (Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA).

South Korea
The Netherlands
United Kingdom
United States

International network:

  • EFMD
  • AUF

Other Information

  • Main sector of activity of graduates (2004):
    • - Consultancy and auditing : 29%
    • - Finance, banks, insurance : 18%
    • - Chemicals and pharmaceutical industry : 8%
  • Main strength promoted by the school:
    • International partners (more than 100 universities around the world) and its new European programme: **Business simulation games
    • Alumni network (over 14 000)
    • Partnerships with companies
    • The campus (7 hectares)

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Prest, French business schools are determined to usurp their dominant English-speaking rivals, The Independent, April the 8th, 2010
  2. ^ "Louis LE DUFF - Groupe LE DUFF". Retrieved 13 August 2018.

Coordinates: 49°27′48″N 1°03′52″E / 49.46333°N 1.06444°E / 49.46333; 1.06444