- Program Duration: One academic year (on campus) + Final Management Project (12 months)
- Degree Level: Master (120 ECTS credits). (French: Titre de niveau I Manager International, enregistré au Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) – Fiche 14524)
- Entry Requirements: Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English. At least three years of full-time work experience
- Full Program Fees: € 31,450 in Grenoble. See overseas campus pages for local fees.
- To provide a high-quality international management program.
- To accompany the personal and professional development of program participants.
- To create a group of dynamic learners with a diversity of professional experience and of cultural origins.
In the Rankings
- The Full-Time MBA is ranked among the top 100 Global MBA worldwide, 27th in Europe and 4th in France, according to the Financial Times 2016 Global MBA ranking.
- The Economist/WhichMBA 2016. The Grenoble Full-time MBA ranked at 80 worldwide and at the 26th place in Europe.
- The Part-Time MBA is ranked 67th/100 in the world by the Financial Times (October 2016).
What are the key strengths of this program?
The MBA offers a 500-hour general management program in a triple-accredited International Business School. Our MBA is highly applied in content, delivered by a team that brings together academic specialists together with managers and consultants from a wide range of sectors.
Program Delivery: Full-time Structure
The course modules are taught over one academic year from September to the end of June. The class sessions take place on a regular basis from Monday to Friday. Upon successful completion of these modules, participants will begin their Final Management Project. Students normally work part- or full-time during this phase and can be based anywhere in the world.
Foreign Language classes: the full-time delivery includes optional foreign language, with a focus on French.
The first year of the Master is a full-time year in Grenoble or Berlin. Please note that the program content below relates to Grenoble September 2018 intake, Berlin January 2019 intake (full-time MBA) and Moscow, Tbilisi April 2019 intake (part-time MBA).
- Teambuilding and Leadership events
- Moodle e-learning platform
- Library and Computing Services
- Networking, Career and Alumni Associations
Phase 1 - Core courses
The program is a balanced and challenging one, equipping participants with numerical and analytical skills, communication and interpersonal skills, plus insights into current managerial issues in geopolitics, macroeconomics, and governance. Through regular group work on cases and individual assignments on management dilemmas, students will develop their expertise in budgetary and financial management as well as in people management. Strategic analysis and negotiation skills are developed through face-to-face team negotiations to resolve authentic and complex cases.
*The content of the program may be adapted from year to year to take into account the needs of industry. Class attendance is compulsory.
THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
- Global Business and Macroeconomics
ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING
- Managerial Accounting
- International Financial Accounting
- Intercultural Management
- International Negotiations
SUSTAINABILITY AND MANAGEMENT
- Sustainability and CSR
- Risk Management
TOOLS FOR DECISION-MAKING
- Managerial Economics
- Quantitative Methods
- International Human Resource Management
- Organizations and Change Management
- Leadership and Teambuilding
- International Business Law
- Innovation Management
- Operations Management
INTEGRATIVE CASE STUDY
The integrative case marks the conclusion of the taught part of the program, with a broad-based business case or cases over a 15-hour period. This is an opportunity for students to display what they have acquired during the taught part of the program by analyzing the case from different functional areas. Please see the syllabus details for the specific format of your integrative case, as the timing and delivery of this module vary according to the instructor and type of integrative case used.
Personal Development Week in Grenoble each year
Students from each campus are invited to attend this week together, enabling students from 4 centers to network and to attend seminars and conferences together on key management questions. Topics covered typically include Conflict Resolution, Interview Techniques, Radical Career Change, Salary Negotiations, and Effective Leadership.
Global Management Challenge
The Global Management Challenge simulation is one of the highlights of the core courses. Small teams of MBA students will compete in a complex management simulation against leading business and engineering schools, firstly in France followed by international play-offs in the final rounds. The decision-making is intense and the experience is a roller-coaster ride of changing share price, volatile business environments, and exchanges - often heated! - with fellow team members.
International study residency
In 2018 all full-time Grenoble students will visit Barcelona, Spain for the International Human Resources module.
Students will have the opportunity to visit major international firms (HP, Criteo, Vistaprint, Transperfect…) and discover the wonderful architecture of Gaudi and other highlights of Catalunya. Accommodation during the trip and the return flight are included in the basic program fees.
Phase 2 - Specializations**
From a menu of up to 8 alternative choices, students can personalize their MBA program for 20% of their total class sessions. The content is focused on professional management activity, such as Management Consulting, or management in a range of functional areas. For many participants, the specialization choice will also determine the focus of the Final Management Project: for example, choosing a Finance elective can lead directly to a project in the area of Finance.
Choice of one specialization (elective)
**Specializations require a minimum number of participants.
Learning a foreign language is a recommended program option for all students who are looking to work internationally. Non-French speakers have the option of studying French (beginner to advanced level), a recommended option for students looking to work in France following their studies. French speakers may choose from a number of other languages at the beginner level.
YEAR 2 - Final Management Project
During the second year of the program, students can be based anywhere in the world and must complete a Final Management Project of approximately 15,000 words in length, under the guidance of a tutor. The Project should be business oriented and coherent with the program objectives. Students are required to address a particular research question or choose a topic grounded in a professional activity or an entrepreneurial venture.
Students graduating from the MBA also receive a certificate conferring on them the title of Manager International. This title, recognized by the Commission Nationale de la Certification Professionnelle – part of the French Ministry of Labor - attests to the acquisition of international management skills and knowledge necessary for future managers in an international context. The Manager International label is certified with Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles at Level 1, the highest level.
Classes are taught by GGSB faculty, visiting professors from top universities worldwide, and top business professionals. Most of the permanent faculty is engaged in applied research. Their teaching links theory to practice through authentic business cases.
Their diverse cultural and international background gives a strong international dimension to the program
- Employment within 2 months: Full Time: 71% Part Time: 86%
- Jobs with international projects: Full Time: 70% Part Time: 90%
- Annual salary with bonus after graduation: Full-Time: >50 k€ : 100%; Part-Time: <50k€: 50% | >50k€: 50%
Top Employers of our MBA Graduates
- Delphi Automotive Systems
- Deutsche Bank
- Ernst & Young
- Procter & Gamble
- Radisson Hotels & Resorts
- Schneider Electric
- 75% of graduates find a job within 2 months after graduation
- 98% of graduates express high job satisfaction
- 87% of graduates work internationally
- 67% manage a team
I chose GEM's MBA program mainly because of its top ranking in Europe and in the World and due to its great reputation in the Middle East (I come from the Land of the Cedars, Lebanon). After reading more about the school and the program, I realized that it fitted in perfectly with my career aims because the program is not only theoretical but also highly applied in content, with professors/consultants coming from a wide range of industries and students coming from all over the world.
After finishing my MBA, I took the role of Lead Product Manager in the biggest digital industrial company in the world, General Electric.
Today, I work in the Healthcare division of GE, based in Paris, and manage a wide range of Radiology IT products all over Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Coming from a technical background (previously electrical engineer), the MBA program has given me an extensive assortment of skills ranging from finance and economics to negotiations, innovation management, and intercultural management in order to get the job and excel in my current responsibilities.
Georges Al Mouakar
Admission & application
MBA candidates are experienced professionals from diverse sectors who display a high level of maturity and intellectual curiosity. Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills and should be open to cultural diversity. Special attention will be paid to a candidate's motivation for an international career.
- A Bachelor-level, undergraduate degree in any subject
- At least three years of significant full-time work experience
- Fluency in English - see test requirements below
- GMAT may be required on a case-by-case basis. You will be notified after the Admissions Board meets if you are required to take the GMAT. Target score is 550 with a minimum of 70% in the quantitative section (GMAT institution code 0365). Students who score over 650 can apply for the GGSB GMAT Merit Scholarship. Details are below.
To apply for this program, candidates must complete the online application and include scanned copies of all original supporting documents. All documents must be in English or be submitted with a certified translation into English if written in another language.
- Official copy of latest degree or diploma or certificate of enrollment with an approximate graduation date
- University transcripts: front/back on a grading scale
- 3 short essays (relating to your academic/professional experience, your reasons for choosing this program and your intercultural awareness)
- 2 professional references. Colleagues or friends are not acceptable as referees
- Scan of passport
- Internationally recognized passport picture
Fluency in English (TOEFL, PTE, IELTS or CPE):
- TOEFL: Computer-based: 240 / Internet-based (IBT): 94 (minimum score of 22 in Reading and Speaking; minimum score of 21 in Listening and Writing). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
- IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all areas (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
- Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE): A, B, C
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): 63 (minimum score of 59 in each section)
- RANEPA English test in Moscow: minimum of 65 overall (for Part-time MBA Moscow students only)
- Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Please note English test scores must be communicated to GEM/GGSB by the beginning of July for September programs and by the beginning of November for January programs.
Please note that for your initial application we ask only for copies of documents. If you are accepted, we will then request to send digital certified copies that you will be asked to present during the induction week. More details about certified copies per nationality are explained on the application form.
To ensure GEM/GGSB is the right fit for you, you may be asked to participate in an interview. You will be notified if an interview is necessary after the Admission Board meets.
Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult rolling admissions deadlines.
Note: All academic qualifications, including those earned at Grenoble Ecole de Management, are recognized at the discretion of each country or university. Students seeking admission to a further course of study or who wish to work in another country after their Grenoble Ecole de Management program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority. Before starting a GEM program, students who know that they want to work or study in another country or university are advised to verify whether their intended GEM degree will be recognized.
Full Program Fees: 2018-19
- Fees to be paid by student: 31,450 € for 2 years (Grenoble campus)*
*Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before the start of the program.
Included in fees: flights, accommodation, and local transport for the study trip. All personal expenses during the study trip are to be paid by the student.
Fees cover the full program tuition, project supervision and access to all Grenoble Ecole de Management facilities. The cost does not include accommodation, meals, or personal expenses.
An administrative fee of 250€ is charged for student services in Year 1 and a further 250€ for student card renewal in Year 2.
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