IESEG School of Management

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IÉSEG School of Management
Institut d'Économie Scientifique et de Gestion
Motto Le monde bouge, l'IÉSEG avance...
Motto in English
Moving forward in a changing world...
Type Private
Established 1964
President Marc Delozanne
Dean Jean-Philippe Ammeux
Students 4,300
Location FranceLille, France.
, France
Website [1]

IÉSEG School of Management (stands for Institut d'Economie Scientifique Et de Gestion) is a post-bac business school in France, established in 1964 in Lille. This business school is a member of the Université Catholique de Lille, the largest private university in France in terms of student population and endowment. The school has two campuses, one in Lille and one in Paris.

IÉSEG School of Management is ranked 17th in 2016 by the international Financial Times in its Master of Management ranking. As a French Grande Ecole and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, IÉSEG is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. It has also been awarded three international accreditations : EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.

The school has a total of 4,300 students on the Lille and Paris campuses. Bachelor and master's programs, the International and Executive MBA are taught in English.

IÉSEG collaborates closely with the largest institute of research in Europe, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It was recently recognized as the number 3 business school in France in terms of academic excellence (EducPros/L’Etudiant 2015). The School welcomes 1900 international students; 84% of its permanent faculty is international, and it has a network of more than 235 partner universities in more than 60 countries.


  • 1964 - IÉSEG is founded in Lille as Institut d'Economie Scientifique et de Gestion.
  • 1976 - Official recognition of IÉSEG by the French Ministry of Higher Education.
  • 1985 - IÉSEG becomes an institutional partner of a research centre associated with the French National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS). Accreditation of the IESEG degree by the French Ministry of Higher Education.
  • 1993 - The total number of students exceeds 500.
  • 1997 - IÉSEG becomes a member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles.
  • 2002 - The IÉSEG Grande École programme is redesigned for compatibility with the Bologna system. All courses of the MSc in Management are taught in English.
  • 2003 - Renewal of governmental accreditation of the degree, which also receives the grade de master. Launch of the Master of International Business.
  • 2004 - IÉSEG founds its International Advisory Board. The total number of students exceeds 1,000. Together with the Université Catholique de Lille, IÉSEG launches a second fundraising campaign (€10 million) following the success of the first one, which raised more than €5 million. First twinning programmes with Loyola College (India).
  • 2009 - After one year in temporary premises, IÉSEG opens a campus located in “La Grande Arche”, Paris, La Défense. Launch of an “apprenticeship section” in the masters cycle of the Grande École programme.
  • The total number of students exceeds 2,000. First corporate chair with Société Générale and Adecco.
  • 2010 - Launch of the International Summer Academy on the Paris campus.
  • 2011 - Launch of the Advanced MIB programme in Paris. The total number of students reaches 2 729.
  • 2012 - IÉSEG gains the EQUIS accreditation
  • 2013 - IÉSEG awarded the AACSB accreditation
  • 2014 - Launch of 4 new MSc (Master of Science) programs in Digital Marketing and CRM, Business Analysis and Consulting, Finance, Accounting)
  • 2015 - Renewal of IÉSEG’s EQUIS accreditation. Launch of a Bachelor in International Business, 3 new Master of Science programs (Big Data analytics for Business, Investment Banking &Capital markets, and International Business Negotiation) and an Executive MBA.
  • 2016 - IÉSEG gains AMBA accreditation


Grande Ecole Program[edit]

Unlike many other French Grande écoles of business which have a three-year programme (after two years of Classes Préparatoires) IÉSEG offers a five-year Master in Management program just after completing the Baccalauréat : the Grande École programme. In addition to mainstream courses, students are allowed to specialise in a variety of subjects that range from finance to human resources.

This program is composed of a three-year Bachelor cycle followed by a two-year Master of Science in Management.

Bachelor cycle: During the three-year bachelor cycle, students study different areas of management such as International Business and Marketing and Operations Management. Master cycle the 2-year Master in Management cycle gives students the opportunity to specialize in a particular field: Audit/Control, Finance, General Management, Human Resources, Management, Information Systems, International Negotiation and Sales Management, Marketing and operations Management.

It is possible for newly admitted students to follow all the courses of the five-year programme only in English, allowing foreign students with no French background to be admitted as an IÉSEG student.

Bachelor of Business Administration: The three-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program provides students with a top-level general management education. Students gain knowledge in several areas of management such as International Business and Marketing and Operations Managements. Students can leave with a BBA, which provides a solid foundation in business and management, or they have the option to continue on to the M.Sc in Management program (the fourth and fifth years of Grande Ecole Program).

Master of Science in Management: For students with an undergraduate degree in business, the 2-year Master of Science in Management (M.Sc) program gives them the opportunity to specialize in a particular field: Audit/Control, Finance, General Management, Human Resources, Management, Information Systems, International Negotiation and Sales Management, Marketing and operations Management.

Since September 2010, it is possible for newly admitted students to follow all the courses of the five-year programme only in English, allowing foreign students with no French background to be admitted as an IÉSEG student. It is also compulsory for every IÉSEG student to follow the courses from third year in English, as mastering English is a requirement of the school.

Bachelor's programmes[edit]

The Bachelor in International Business is designed for students interested in management and international business. They are taught to manage projects and how to operate in complex business environments in an ethically responsible and sustainable way.


M.Sc in International Business: The MIB is an 18-month long program completely taught in English which provides the skills and mindset required for success in international business. The program is designed to cultivate a global mindset necessary for today’s global economic environment, and combines the development of solid theoretical fundamentals in management with a hands-on learning.
M.Sc in Digital Marketing & CRM : The main objective of the program is to prepare future managers to work in Digital Marketing and CRM, two rapidly emerging & complementary marketing fields that represent new ways of conducting marketing and improving relationships with clients.
M.Sc in Business Analysis and Consulting : The aim of the program is to provide future consultants and managers with the managerial and communication skills required to act as change agents and deliver sustainable performance for companies operating in a global environment.
M.Sc in Finance : : The M.Sc in Finance is designed for students wishing to enhance their understanding of financial analysis and asset management in a very practical environment. Through the observation of professional practices, students are given a unique opportunity to learn the ethics of the profession. Theory is put into practice in the financial markets lab, where students may also earn professional certifications.
M.Sc in Accounting & Audit control : The M.Sc in Accounting is designed for students wishing to achieve long-term career success, based on a solid foundation in financial reporting and analysis as well as in management accounting and decision-making. The program provides students with an understanding of modern financial reporting functions from a technical and institutional point of view enabling graduates to work in a wide variety of industries.
M.Sc in Fashion Management : This program aims to prepare individuals wishing to specialize in Fashion Management and to achieve an international career in the Fashion industry.

M.Sc in Investment Banking and Capital Markets : This program explores the recent developments in capital markets regulations and compliance. Interactive lessons by academic and industry experts provide strong technical skills in capital markets securities, financial data, and computer programming (VBA, SAS, SQL).

M.Sc in International Business Négociation : aims to give participants the opportunity to understand all elements of a negotiation process, and to fully engage in an interdisciplinary analyses of negotiation in a global environment. Participants learn about their own negotiation style and mastering the art of communication and relational skills, which are both of key importance for constructive negotiation processes.

M.Sc in in Big Data Analytics for Business : This MSc aims at training data scientists in the field of (online) marketing, finance, and operations. Participants learn to solve managerial problems by critically asking questions in the spirit of ‘What do we know?’ (Data driven) rather than ‘What do we think?

International MBA[edit]

The full-time International MBA is aimed at young managers with the potential of being global business leaders. The program would equip them with an in-depth understanding of the European business context and build the skills necessary to excel in complex international settings in top management positions or to start their own companies.

Executive MBA (EMBA)[edit]

The IÉSEG EMBA trains participants to master the necessary skills, from managerial psychology to business tools, in order to become leaders who successfully manage complexity, implicate stakeholders and build sustainable performance.

Summer Session[edit]

Each summer, IÉSEG offers to international students a four-week programme (called Summer Academy) on the Paris' campus, including business courses taught in English and French language course.


IÉSEG has different types of admission depending on the program: • The Grande École program: for students in France looking to join the first year of this program there is the ‘concours ACCES’, entrance exam. If these students pass the written test, they then have to go to Lille for an interview. Meanwhile, students in France coming from IUT, universities and other post-baccalaureate studies can apply to join the IÉSEG Grande Ecole program through "parallel admissions" whether in the third year of the bachelor cycle or the first year of a master's program. They have to submit applications and pass interviews. Finally, international students can send their applications directly to IÉSEG by following the procedure on the School's website. • Applications to all other programs (including Bachelor, Master of Science programs, and MBA programs) are outlined on the website.


IÉSEG has 235 partner universities around the world (60 different countries), in which the School’s students can spend one or two semesters as an exchange student. In addition, in the School welcomes 1,900 international students for the 2015/2016 academic years.


IÉSEG shares a research department with CNRS, a state-owned research body. Primary areas of research include economics, quantitative methods, finance, accounting, management, marketing, and negotiation.


Lille campus[edit]

The historical campus, located in the heart of the city of Lille, is composed of modern buildings for a total surface of more than 25000 m2. The two main buildings are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all students, allowing them to access computer rooms or studying room at any time by using a magnetic badge.

Paris campus[edit]

In 2008, IÉSEG opened a second campus in the Grande Arche de La Défense. The objective was to attract more students (mostly international students) and reinforce relations with companies.

The campus combines lecture halls, 20 classrooms, 3 multimedia rooms, a trading room, a library, a cafeteria and meeting rooms for clubs and associations.

A new 8000m² building is also being constructed at La Défense and will open for the 2017/18 academic year.


IÉSEG is ranked among the top business schools in France and Europe. The school was ranked 17th in 2016 by the Financial Times for its Master of Management programs. The French magazine L'Etudiant ranked IÉSEG 3rd for academic excellence and 8th for international excellence in France.