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Top Universities to Study an EMBA in Paris

By Helen Vaudrey

Updated July 29, 2019 Updated July 29, 2019

Paris has plenty to offer EMBA students. Apart from its famed cuisine and romance, it is also one of the main financial centers of Europe. As such, Paris business schools can be a great option for those seeking a prestigious executive MBA.

Those who choose to study in Paris, known as an (if not the) international capital of style, as well as the ‘City of Light’ and the ‘City of Love’, while find no shortage of things to do and see between their executive MBA commitments.  Whether you prefer to fill your time between lectures strolling round the Louvre or simply sampling some fine food with your cohort in the famous Latin Quarter, your friends on social media are going to be very jealous.

Paris is ideally situated in Europe and has close geographic links to some of Europe’s financial superpowers – chiefly the UK and Germany. La Défense is Europe’s largest purpose-built business district. Significant corporations whose headquarters are located at La Défense include Total S.A. – one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies – and the multinational banking and finance service Société Générale.

Interested? Here is a selection of some of the best Paris schools at which to study an EMBA.

HEC Paris School of Management

HEC Paris is currently ranked 4th in Europe in the QS Global 200 Business Schools Report – jumping six places higher than the previous year.

The school motto is, “The more you know, the more you dare.” Lecturers encourage students to adopt this value while enrolled at HEC. The EMBA program at HEC runs for 16 months and covers developments in management science in great detail. Students can choose to major in a variety of programs including: aerospace & aviation, luxury, entrepreneurship & innovation, and innovation & social business, to name but a few.

The HEC Paris executive MBA also enables students to choose tracks that will see them major in classes delivered worldwide. These are currently run in Bangalore, Beijing, Boston, Cape Town, Doha, Hangzhou, Milan, Montreal, Orlando, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore and Toulouse.

ESSEC Business School

ESSEC Business School in Paris has partnered with Mannheim Business School in Germany to offer an immersive executive MBA with a truly global outlook. This partnership with Mannheim is intended to reflect Germany and France’s status as the driving forces behind Europe’s economic development.

The international element is delivered through tracks –students can study in Paris and in Mannheim by taking one module every six weeks that run Wednesday to Wednesday, alternating between campuses. Students also benefit from partaking of two international residencies in the US and Asia if they choose this option.

Alternatively, students can choose the Paris weekend option – meaning that classes are taught two weekends per month, Fridays and Saturdays, for approximately 28 weekends. This option is more suited to people who wish for a more regulated study regime in terms of location.

École des Ponts Business School

The École des Ponts Business School is located just 25 minutes from the center of Paris. The school runs an executive MBA program in partnership with Fox School of Business at Temple University (the school’s MBA provision is also run in a strategic alliance with Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management). The in-residence course runs for 18 months and is taught one weekend per month for three days. Although students are required to study predominantly in Paris, they will also have the opportunity to study in Brussels, Philadelphia, Shanghai and Silicon Valley.

However, the international scope of École des Ponts Business School does not stop there. Thanks to the schools partnership with Fox, students can also opt to take classes at other partner overseas programs; including Vietnam, China, Morocco and Poland.

The Solvay-Ponts-Fox Global Executive MBA is an especially attractive program to employers, as it requires students to tackle a crucial business issue they face in their own company so that they can showcase the skills they have acquired. Students also develop a business plan, giving them the chance to design a business they would really like to start. For some participants, this dream can become a reality, utilizing the school’s facilities.

The Scandinavian Art & Business Institute

SABI’s EMBA degree can be studied full-time for one year or part time for two years. Lessons comprise of prerecorded videos, residential and online workshops, and residential weekend/weekday classes.

As well as the general EMBA offered at SABI, the school offers specializations in leadership and management, marketing, and museum management.

SABI also offers a dual EMBA/MA degree in conjunction with the American University of Paris. At AUP, students will focus on how to manage sustainability across a variety of cultures as part of the university’s global business environment ethos. Upon completion of the course, students graduate with both American and European accredited degrees.

MINES ParisTech and Skema Business School

Prominent French engineering school MINES ParisTech was created in 1783 by King Louis XVI. MINES ParisTech offers an executive MBA program specializing in risk, globalization and diversity. The course consists of 10 modules lasting for four days each – enabling participants to comfortably pursue professional careers along with their degree.

The program seeks to create graduates who are capable of handling and anticipating risks in the environmental, industrial, legal and financial sectors on a global scale. In order to hone these international decision making skills, students participate in four study trips to countries like China, Lebanon, the US and Russia.

The program is taught in partnership with SKEMA Business School which has campuses in the US and China as well as Paris, Lille and the Sophia Antipolis business park. SKEMA equips students with management training, specializing in macroeconomics, finance and economic intelligence.


ISM’s international executive MBA allows students to specialize in three different areas – general management, finance, or entrepreneurship & innovation. The program is truly international and offers flexible study options, including e-learning and seminars held on five different continents.

ISM believes that international experience is essential in creating effective managers in the 21st century. As such, students are offered the opportunity to fulfill their degree requirements through study in Paris, New York, Shanghai, New Delhi, São Paulo, or Cape Town via seminars or e-learning.

Seminars are packaged as two-week programs so that participants can experience a country’s business policies and culture alongside their compulsory learning. All students are required to complete at least 25% of their coursework through face-to-face seminars at one of ISM’s international locations.

The e-learning element to the program allows students to be flexible with their study times – particularly useful for busy executives. E-learning modules remain open for a one-year period, during which time students can enroll onto a course at any time, after which they have up to three months to complete their required work.

This article was originally published in August 2015 . It was last updated in July 2019

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