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IESEG School of Management

IÉSEG School of Management
Institut d'Économie Scientifique et de Gestion
Motto Le monde bouge, l'IÉSEG avance...
Motto in English Changing in a changing world...
Established 1964
Type Private
President Marc Delozanne
Dean Jean Philipe Ammeux
Students 3,380 (with 30% of international students)
Location Lille, France.
, France

Established in 1964 in Lille, IÉSEG School of Management is one of the main business schools in France. The business school is a member of the Université Catholique de Lille, the largest private university in France in terms of student population and endowment.

IÉSEG School of Management is ranked 21th in 2014 by the international Financial Times ranking. As a French Grande Ecole and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, IÉSEG is part of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the country. It has also been awarded two international accreditations : EQUIS and AACSB.

The school has a total of 3,380 students (of which over 900 are international students – mainly exchange students) scattered on both the Lille and Paris campuses. Bachelor and Master Programs at IÉSEG 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 No 2 business school in France for research (EducPro/L’Etudiant 2012). 82% of IÉSEG's faculty is international, and the school has a network of more than 200 partner universities in over 50 countries.


  • History 1
  • Programmes 2
    • Grande Ecole Program 2.1
    • Bachelors 2.2
    • MSc 2.3
    • International MBA 2.4
    • Executive MBA 2.5
    • Dual Degree MBA/MIB 2.6
    • Summer Session 2.7
  • Admission 3
  • International 4
  • Research 5
  • Locations 6
    • Lille campus 6.1
    • Paris campus 6.2
  • Rankings 7
  • References 8


  • 1964 - IÉSEG is founded in Lille.
  • 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.


Grande Ecole Program

Unlike other French Grande école of business which have a 3 years programme (after two years of Classes Préparatoires) IÉSEG offers a five-year program just after completing the Baccalauréat : the Grande école programme. In addition to mainstream courses, students are allowed to concentrate in a variety of subjects that range from finance to human resources.

This program is composed by a 3 years Bachelor of Business Administration programme followed by a 2 year Master of Science in Management.

Bachelor of Business Administration: Our 3-year Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) program provides students with top level general management education. They gain knowledges in several areas of management as International Business, Marketing and Operations Managements. After 3 years, students are eager to enter the professional world. They can leave with a BBA, which provides a solid foundation in business and management or have the option to automatically continue on to the MSc in Management program (4th and 5th years of Grande Ecole Program).

Master of Science in Management: For students with an undergraduate degree in business, the 2-year Master of Sciences in Management (MSc) program given 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 ans operations Management.

Since September 2010, it is possible to new admitted students to follow all the courses of the 5 years 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.


International Business : The program is designed for students interested in economics and international business. The objective is to train future managers to develop business, to conduct projects in companies operating internationally and to communicate effectively in international environment
Accounting & Finance : The main objectives of the program are to train students to work in international finance and accounting contexts, to give them a deep technical knowledge and to develop their soft skills making them able to communicate properly and manage teams.
Marketing & Sales : This program aims at providing a strong practical background in Marketing and Sales to students through the mastering of diversified and essential tools. It is designed to offer students a toolbox to select from in order to optimize the return on their ac­tions in an international context.


MSc 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.
MSc 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.
MSc in Finance : The MSc in Finance is designed for students wishing to enhance their understanding of financial mechanisms 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.
MSc in Accounting : The MSc 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.
MSc in Fashion Management

International MBA

The 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.

Executive MBA

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.

Dual Degree MBA/MIB

Summer Session

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. Students will be able to validate a maximum of 12 ECTS credits that they could transfer to their home university.[1]


IÉSEG has 3 types of admission:

  • First of all, the ACCES contest, made for students who live in France. If the student passes the writing test, he'll have to go to Lille for an interview.
  • Secondly, students coming from IUT, universities and other post-bac studies can join IÉSEG through "parallel admissions" whether in third year of Bachelor or first year of Master. They have to submit applications and pass interviews.
  • Finally, international students can send their application.


IÉSEG has 200 partner universities around the world (50 different countries), in which the students can be allowed to spend one or two semesters as an exchange student.

Over 900 students coming from those partner universities come to study at IESEG every year. They are asked to take up to 15 electives (30 ECTS credits) over more than 200 courses taught in English. It is also possible for them to take some of the Bachelor courses taught in French, and French language class.


IÉSEG shares a research department with CNRS, a state-owned research body. Primary areas of research are economics, social sciences, finance and marketing.


Lille campus

The historical campus, located inside the city of Lille, is composed of 5 buildings for a total surface of 11,000 m2. The two main buildings are opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all students, allowing them to access computer rooms or studying room at anytime, by using a magnetic badge.

Paris campus

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. It also allowed IÉSEG to get more students.
To accommodate the growing number of students, IÉSEG acquiered in 2011 a new platform located next to the Grande Arche.

The Paris campus has 20 amphitheatres, 20 classrooms, 3 multimedia centres, 1 library and rooms for school associations. 1,000 students are on this campus.


IÉSEG is ranked among the top business schools in France. The school is ranked 24th in 2013 by the Financial Times. The French magazine L'Etudiant ranked IÉSEG 6th in the 2012 French Business Schools Ranking (6th on both academic and international level, 22rd on relations with companies). The article also said: "IÉSEG is the first 'PostBac' School to reach the top 10 and has became a serious competitor among the best ESC's".


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