Institut d'Administration des Entreprises

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IAE - University Schools of Management
Institut d'Administration des entreprises
TypeUniversity Schools of Management
Established1955 (1955)[1]
AccreditationMinistry of Economy and Finance (France) Qualicert[1]
Academic staff
1,200 teacher-researchers[2]
LanguageEnglish-only & French-only programs[2]
FounderGaston Berger  France
Affiliations36 universities[1]

The French IAE are part of the French universities, except for the IAE of Paris which has a special status. They are academically selective, socially inclusive and very affordable Graduate School of Management within the French Public Research Universities. The IAE model is inspired by American Business Schools.

In 2019, there are 37 IAEs spread across French territory, 36 of which are grouped through IAE FRANCE (previously called National Association of IAEs, then IAE Network), chaired by Professor Éric Lamarque, director of the IAE of Paris. This is the primary French network of education in management which has around 45,000 students and 425,000 alumni.

IAE's History[edit]

Old IAE logo

The origin of IAE dates back to the 1950s. At the time, degrees in management were not available in French universities. In the United States, by contrast, economic growth is powered by batches of engineers and managers from the best business schools attached to universities. In the midst of reconstruction, France have a lack of managers while the Thirty Glorious begin.

In 1955, Gaston Berger, Director of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, created the Institute of Business Administration (IAE) in American style, to provide academic knowledge in management that complements the professional know-how and gather University and Business world. In the beginning, IAE were schools with a single diploma, “CAAE” - Certificate in Business Administration with a pioneering position on the "dual skills". This degree was designed to give management skills to engineers and graduate students of the faculties of Law, Letters and Sciences. Recognized degree, designed to be followed on a year, during the evening, is a “MBA à la française”. The teaching is based on the case method, innovative approach at the time. It has been for nearly 20 years, the common degree of most IAE in becoming “DESS CAAE” and continues today through the “MAE” (Master of Business Administration).


The IAE network supports education in business administration and management at more than 30 business schools within public universities in France.[3] Students may enroll in most IAE member Bachelors programs directly after a obtaining a Baccalauréat, or the equivalent high school diploma for international students, or in a Masters programs directly.[4] Unlike the French Grandes écoles, public university education is open admissions, tuition is often more affordable, and registration does not require attendance at a Classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles or prépa (post-high school preparatory school).[5][6] Some IAE degree programs require that applicants take an exam called the IAE Message Test (SIM) prior to admittance, but not all programs require this or any test score, although some programs are taught in English and may require additional test scores in English as a second language.[7] The SIM exam covers these areas: general knowledge; economic and managerial culture; comprehension and written expression in French; logical and numerical reasoning; comprehension and written expression in English.[8]

Many IAE business schools offers Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral programmes in many academic, business administration and management subjects.[9] Higher education degrees in France are organized into three levels thus facilitating international mobility: the Licence / Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees. A Bachelor's degree requires the completion of 180 ECTS credits; a Master's, requires an additional 120 ECTS credits.[10][11][12] Degrees from French public universities are recognized world-wide and awarded by the Ministry of National Education (France) (French: Le Ministère de L'éducation Nationale).[13] In 2022, annual tuition for many IAE Bachelors degree programs taught in English-only was €262, for students from anywhere in the world.[14]


IAE management schools have more than 1,400 university exchange partnerships in over 50 countries.[15] Additionally, all IAE students may participate in university students exchanges in China and in Canada.[16]

  • Sichuan International Studies University (SISU), Chongqing, China - Since 2016, IAE and SISU students have been able to take Master level programs in the English and French programs at both schools.
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada - Since 2017, IAE students are able to transfer to McGill for one or two semesters.

IAE Business Schools[edit]

Most members of the IAE network have the status of: institutes and schools belonging to universities. Within a university, some are schools, and others are part of a larger faculty, such as the faculty of economics and management. The IAE Paris is the only independent IAE, but it too is linked to Pantheon-Sorbonne University as an public establishment of an administrative nature. EM Strasbourg Business School is also different in that it is a Grande école, the result of the merger in 2008 between the public IAE Strasbourg (est.1956) and the Grande école IECS of Strasbourg (est.1919), within the University of Strasbourg[17][18] · [19] · [20] · .[21]

Name University linked to official website Accreditation(s)
IAE Aix-en-Provence Aix-Marseille University Qualicert[1] EQUIS, AMBA
IAE Amiens Université de Picardie Qualicert[1]
IAE Besançon Université de Franche-Comté Qualicert[1]
IAE Bordeaux Université de Bordeaux Qualicert[1]
IAE Brest Université de Bretagne occidentale Qualicert[1]
IAE Caen Université de Caen Basse-Normandie Qualicert[1]
EUM Clermont Université d'Auvergne Qualicert[1]
IAE Corse University of Corsica Pascal Paoli Qualicert[1]
IAE Dijon Université de Bourgogne Qualicert[1]
IAE Grenoble Pierre Mendès-France University Qualicert[1]
IAE Paris-Est UPEC-UPEM [1] Qualicert[1]
IAE Réunion Université de la Réunion Qualicert[1]
IAE Limoges Université de Limoges Qualicert[1]
IAE Lille University of Lille Archived 2012-10-01 at the Wayback Machine Qualicert[1]
IAE Lyon Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 Qualicert[1] EPAS
IAE Metz Université Paul-Verlaine Qualicert[1]
IAE Montpellier Université Montpellier 2 Qualicert[1] EPAS
IAE Nancy Université Nancy-II Qualicert[1]
IAE Nantes Université de Nantes Qualicert[1]
IAE Nice Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis Qualicert[1]
IAE Orléans Université d'Orléans Qualicert[1]
IAE Paris Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Qualicert[1]
IAE Pau Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour Qualicert[1]
IAE Perpignan Université de Perpignan Qualicert[1]
IAE Poitiers Université de Poitiers Qualicert[1]
IAE Rennes Université de Rennes I Qualicert[1]
IAE Rouen Université de Rouen Qualicert[1]
IAE Savoie Mont-Blanc Université de Savoie Qualicert,[1] EPAS
IAE Saint-Étienne Université de Saint-Étienne Qualicert[1]
EM Strasbourg Université de Strasbourg Qualicert,[1] EPAS, AACSB[22]
IAE Toulon Université de Toulon Qualicert[1]
IAE Toulouse Université Toulouse I Qualicert,[1] EPAS for doctorial purposes
IAE Tours Université François Rabelais Qualicert[1]
IAE Valenciennes Université de Valenciennes Qualicert[1]
IAE Versailles Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University Qualicert[1]



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  16. ^ "International outreach". IAE. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  17. ^ "History of EM Strabourg". EM Strasbourg. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  18. ^ Code de l’éducation, article L713-9, anciennement article 33 de la loi Savary (il reste d’ailleurs d’usage de surnommer ces écoles « article 33 »)
  19. ^ Décret n°85-1243 du 26 novembre 1985 portant création d’instituts et d’écoles internes dans les universités et les instituts nationaux polytechniques
  20. ^ Décret No. 59-928 du 21 décembre 1989 relatif à l’institut d’administration des entreprises de Paris
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