ESSEC Business School Overview

Introduction of Business School & MBA Program

ESSEC Business School has two satellite campuses in Singapore and Paris, in addition to the main campus located in Cergy. ESSEC was founded in 1907, and its prestige continues to grow. Its strong reputation is reflected in the 13.7% acceptance rate for recent MBA applicants.

International Study Opportunities

Although 80% of students in the full-time MBA program are French, ESSEC's Admissions Committee still finds a way to promote International diversity. The school requires students to spend six months abroad, either in an internship or university exchange program. For the exchange program, students can choose from around 70 schools, including: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Melbourne Business School, and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Also, select students may intern for up to six months with specific Japanese companies.

Three Unique Campuses

ESSEC Business School offers students the rare opportunity to study at the beautiful main campus in Cergy (which is located just West of Paris), in addition to taking courses in Paris and Singapore.

Elective Opportunities

ESSEC Business School offers an abundance of elective courses, including: Urban Planning and Development, Personality Theory, and Agri-Food Sustainable Development.


MBA Application Elements - ESSEC Business School

GMAT Score

The average GMAT score of recently accepted MBA students has been around 670.


Interviews are required of all MBA applicants.

Letters of Recommendation

Two professional recommendations are required of all applicants.

Sample Application Essays

  1. Write a one page maximum candid description of yourself, including personal characteristics and achievements (in English or French).
  2. Write a one page maximum professional project, which should explain how you would describe yourself as a professional ten years from now, and how the ESSEC MBA program will help you in your endeavors (in English or French).