Emlyon Business School

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Emlyon Business School
Mottoearly makers since 1872
TypeGrande école de commerce et de management
(Private research university Business school)
Established1872; 151 years ago (1872)[1]
AccreditationTriple accreditation:[1]
Academic affiliations
Conférence des grandes écoles;[2]
Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School
Budget€79 million[1]
ChairmanIsabelle Huault[3]
Academic staff
160 permanent professors[2]
99% Ph.D.[4]
40% female;[4]
63% international[4]
Students8,900 (undergraduate and postgraduate);[1]
6,900 (executive);[1]
121 nationalities[1]
45°47′10″N 4°45′50″E / 45.78611°N 4.76389°E / 45.78611; 4.76389
LanguageEnglish-only & French-only instruction
Emlyon Business School is located in France
Locations in France
Emlyon Business School is located in Earth
Worldwide locations

Emlyon Business School is a French business school in Lyon, France, established in 1872, and affiliated with the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A grande école de commerce, Emlyon Business School offers a wide range of academic programs, including the Global BBA, Masters in Management, M.Sc. in Finance, MBA, and Exec. MBA degrees, alongside Specialized Masters (M.Sc., M.S.) programs, and a Ph.D. program in Management. The school also provides a wide portfolio of Executive Education programs for senior executives & experienced managers.

The school maintains seven campuses: in the Urban Community of Lyon (Écully), Saint-Étienne and Paris in France, Shanghai in China and Bhubaneswar & Mumbai in India.[5] Emlyon Business School is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, and holds the Triple Accreditation Status (EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA).

Consistently ranked among the best business schools in France,[6] Emlyon Business School ranks as a #Top15 Business School in Europe in the FT European Business Schools ranking.[7] Among the programs, its flagship Masters in Management (Program Grand École) is ranked among the #Top10 programs worldwide in the 2022 FT MiM ranking.[8]


Emlyon Business School was established in 1872, and is one of the oldest business schools in France. Formerly known as ESCAE Lyon, ÉSC de Lyon, and EM Lyon, the school has been named as Emlyon Business School since 2016. In September 2018, Emlyon Business School, historically belonging to the Lyon Métropole Saint-Étienne Roanne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (lCC), became a public limited company. Since then, Emlyon Business School has been a subsidiary of Early Makers Group SA., and whose capital is open to alumni, group employees, and investment funds Bpifrance and Qualium, while being managed by CCI Lyon Métropole.

  • 1872: Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon (ESC Lyon) founded with support from the public Lyon Chamber of Commerce.[1]
  • 1972: New campus opened in Ecully, France.[1]
  • 1997: ESC Lyon is renamed Ecole de Management de Lyon (EM LYON).[1]
  • 2005: Awarded the Triple Crown: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB accreditation.[1]
  • 2007: Shanghai Campus established in China.[1]
  • 2014: New campus opened in Saint-Etienne, France.[1]
  • 2015: Casablanca Campus established in Morocco. | Partnership with IBM.[9]
  • 2016: Establishment of Paris Campus in France.[1]
  • 2016: Establishment of Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School,[10] with Grenoble École de Management.
  • 2018: Bhubaneswar Campus established in India in collaboration with Xavier University.[11] School legal structure is changed to a: public limited company.[1]
  • 2021: Mumbai Campus established in India in partnership with St. Xavier's College,[12] Mumbai.

Grande École System[edit]

Emlyon Business School is a grande école, a French institution of higher education that is separate from, but parallel and connected to the main framework of the French public university system. Similar to the Ivy League in the United States, Oxbridge in the UK, and C9 League in China, grandes écoles are elite academic institutions that admit students through an extremely competitive process.[13][14][15] Alums go on to occupy elite positions within governments, public administrations, and corporate firms globally.[16][17]

Degrees from Emlyon Business School are accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles,[18] and awarded by the Ministry of National Education (France).[19] Higher education business degrees in France are organized into three levels thus facilitating international mobility: the Licence/Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees. A Bachelor's degree is awarded requires the completion of 180 ECTS credits (bac+3); a Masters, requires an additional 120 ECTS credits (bac+5). The highly coveted PGE (Program Grand École) ends with the awarding of Masters in Management (M.M.) degree.[20][21][22]

International Rankings[edit]

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Business School Rankings
FT (European Business Schools) 20th 20th 19th 12th[23]
QS Subject Ranking: Business & Management Studies - - 66th[24] 53rd[25] 56th[26]
Masters in Management: M.Sc. in management (Programme Grande École)
FT: Masters in Management 40th 29th 21st 9th[27]
QS: Masters in Management 12th 14th 14th 10th 12th[28]
Masters in Finance: M.Sc. in Finance
FT: Master in Finance (Pre-Experience) - 27th 15th - 17th[29]
QS: Masters in Finance 9th 15th 16th 16th 17th[30]
FT: Global MBA 80th 79th 90th 89th 76th[31]
QS: Global MBA - 77th 97th 62nd 55th[32]
Executive MBA
FT: Global EMBA 55th 59th 61st 47th
QS: Executive MBA 45th 37th 30th 27th
Executive Education
FT: Executive Education: Open Programs 65th 64th - 41st 21st[33]
FT: Executive Education: Custom Programs 36th 29th - 16th 28th[34]
Specialised Masters Programs
QS: Masters in Business Analytics - - 26th 23rd 27th[35]
QS: Masters in Marketing - 4th 8th 8th 7th[36]

In 2022, Emlyon Business School ranked 38th globally in the THE Global University Employability Ranking. It is 2nd highest ranked business school in France (after HEC Paris), and has retained its position in the Global Top 40 for the sixth consecutive year.[37]

Degree programs[edit]

École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon - Portail d'entrée (ca.1900)

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Global BBA)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Data Science for Responsible Business (Jointly with École Centrale de Lyon)

Master of Management Programs[edit]

Master of Finance Programs[edit]

  • M.Sc. in Finance (#Top20 Masters in Management Program)

Graduate Programs[edit]

  • M.Sc. in Cybersecurity & Defense Management
  • M.Sc. in Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Strategy (#Top30 Masters in Business Analytics Program)
  • M.Sc. in Digital Marketing & Data Science (#Top10 Masters in Marketing Program)
  • M.Sc. in Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • M.Sc. in Health Management & Data Intelligence (with ENS Saint-Étienne)
  • M.Sc. in High-End Brand Management
  • M.Sc. in International Hospitality Management (with Institut Paul Bocuse)
  • M.Sc. in International Marketing & Business Development
  • M.Sc. in Luxury Management & Marketing
  • M.Sc. in Sports Industry Management
  • M.Sc. in Supply Chain & Purchasing Management
  • M.Sc. in Strategy & Consulting

Specialized Masters Programs[edit]

  • Specialised Master (MS) in Agro-Business Management (with Institut agro Montpellier)
  • Specialised Master (MS) in Energy Transition Management (with ECAM LaSalle )
  • Specialised Master (MS) in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
  • Specialised Master (MS) in Digital Transformation, Marketing & Strategy
  • Specialised Master (MS) in International Business Strategy & Development (with CentraleSupélec)
  • Specialised Master (MS) in International Legal Manager


The MBA program at Emlyon Business School is an intensive 1-year full-time programme with a September intake. The program is highly international, with over 70% of students coming from outside of France, from over 30 different nationalities, and with an average of 7 years of full-time work experience.

Students in the MBA program can choose to specialise in one of the 9 specialisations: Business Development, Business Consulting, Finance Management, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management, Marketing Management, Sales Management, and Product Management.

As a part of the program, candidates can spend a trimester as an exchange student in over 15 business schools around the world, including HEC Montreal, Smith School of Business at Queen's University, Schulich School of Business at York University, IAE Business School, Alliance-Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester, University of St. Gallen, MIP Politécnico di Milano, University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, and Keio Business School at Keio University.

The MBA program at Emlyon Business School is one of the top MBA programs in Europe, and consistently ranks as one of the Top 5 MBA programs in France in both FT and QS rankings.

Executive MBA[edit]

Emlyon Business School offers an Executive MBA program for experienced managers and business executives with September and June intakes. Executives can choose to complete in either a 20-month standard or a 10-month fast-track format. Emlyon Business School's Exec. MBA students can attend the program at both its Paris & Lyon campuses. The Executive MBA program at Emlyon Business School is extremely reputed in France, and is ranked within the Top 30 Exec. MBA programs globally in both FT & QS rankings.

Executive Education[edit]

Emlyon Business School offers a range of programmes aimed at executives and experienced professionals. These programs include the Executive Masters in General Management program, and a wide range of Certificate, Open, and Custom Programmes. The Global DBA: Durham-emlyon, a doctoral qualification for executives, is offered in partnership with Durham University.[38][39]

Ph.D. Program in Management[edit]

The Ph.D. in Management program at Emlyon Business School trains individuals for careers in research and academia. It currently offers three specialisations: Entrepreneurship, Organizational Theory, & Strategy, and takes 5–6 years to complete. The first two years of the Ph.D. program are devoted to coursework, while the remaining three years are dedicated to research. All Ph.D. students at Emlyon Business School receive a full tuition waiver, an annual fellowship for a period of five years, and research support funding.

International Partnerships[edit]

Emlyon Business School has partnered with and collaborated with over 200 business schools and universities around the world for academic exchange, double-degree programs, and research activities. Partner schools include UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, HEC Montreal, Queen's University, IAE Business School, University of São Paulo, CBS Denmark, Aalto University, BI Norwegian Business School, Stockholm School of Economics, University of Mannheim, Bocconi University, EU Rotterdam, IE University, University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch, IIM Ahmedabad, Keio University, Singapore Management University, Seoul National University, and Monash University, among over 200 others.


Emlyon Business School is home to 8 Research Centers, 4 Research Institutes, and offers a Ph.D. program (École Doctorale en Sciences Economiques et de Gestion) in collaboration with the Université de Lyon.[40][41] As a research-focussed institution, the school consistently ranks among the Top 3 Schools for research in Management in France.

Research Centres

Research Institutes

Student life[edit]

There are a total 56 student-led associations at Emlyon Business School across its three primary campuses, which host a cumulative of over 600 student-led events each year. Associations include Raid Hannibal, Ski Club, Diplo'Mates, Le Racing Club, Lux'em, and Club Voile (the Sailing Club).

The school also hosts the student association, The Petit Paumé, which is the second-largest[42] student association in France in terms of financial means. The Petit Paumé is responsible for the design and distribution of an annual critical and free guide of the city of Lyon.

The Sup de Coteaux association hosts the "Le défi de Bacchus" event, which is the biggest wine-testing competition in Europe, gathering both students and professionals.

Notable alumni[edit]

The alumni association of Emlyon Business School is called Emlyon Forever, and counts over 35000+ alumni in 130 countries.[43]

Lyon - École de Commerce - Cour intérieure Ancienne résidence du duc de Villeroi, gouverneur du Lyonnais, plus tard, hôtel de la Monnaie (ca.1900)


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