Audencia Business School

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Audencia Business School is a French grande école and business school located in Nantes, France. It is one of the only 1% of business schools in the world accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).[2] Audencia is also BSIS labelled. The school enrolls 4,500 students from almost 90 countries on bachelors, international masters, specialised masters, MBAs, doctorates and executive education courses.

Audencia Business School
Former names
Audencia Nantes École de Management
Motto"Never stop daring"
TypeGrande école
PresidentLaurent Métral
DeanChristophe Germain
Academic staff
120 (from over 25 countries)
WebsiteOfficial website

Audencia is often ranked [1]in the top 10 business schools in France. Its Master in Management was rated 55th in the World by the Financial Times (September 2020).[3] Audencia's Full-Time MBA is ranked 58th in the MBA ranking 2018 by CNN expansion and 90th in the world by The Economist (October 2018).[4]

The school also attracts international students from other top business schools in the world via its student exchange programs.


Audencia was founded in 1900 as the École Supérieure de Commerce de Nantes.[5] Until 1970, the school occupied the building which is today home to the city's natural history museum. It then moved into a purpose-built campus of 23,000 m2 to the north of the city centre opposite Nantes University.

In 2000, the school changed its name to Audencia Nantes School of Management.[5] The name "Audencia" is a blend of two words: audientia, which means "listening," and audacia or "boldness."

Since 2004, the school has been associated with the Global Compact, a United Nations initiative that brings together firms, the business world and the civil society united on ten universal principles relative to human rights, working conditions and the environment.

In 2015, the school was reaccredited by the three global accreditations (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB) for the maximum period of five years.

In 2016, the school changed its name to Audencia Business School which includes the bachelor and masters programmes of former schools SciencesCom and the Ecole Atlantique de Commerce.


Audencia is a non-profit making association supervised by the city of Nantes, the local council and the chamber of commerce and industry. Audencia has the status of a Grandes école and as such is a member of the Conférence des grandes écoles.[6] The Grandes Écoles (French pronunciation: [ɡʁɑ̃d.z‿ekɔl], literally in French "Grand Schools") of France are higher education establishments that are outside the main framework of the French public university system. The Grandes Écoles can be considered as archaic but are highly selective and prestigious institutions and their graduates often dominate the private and public sectors of French society.[1]

Academic programmesEdit

  • Audencia Master in Management (Grande école programme) – Four years including one in-company.
  • Audencia Full-Time MBA – Taught in English over a 12-month period.
  • Executive MBA – 18 months part-time, taught in French, with international seminars in English.
  • Euro*MBA – Executive programme run by a consortium of six European business schools including Audencia Nantes. Taught over 24 months through distance learning and six European residential weeks.
  • MSc in Management-Engineering – An English-language programme followed by students from around 20 French and foreign engineering schools. An 18-month course with a study period abroad. Ranked 55th in the world in the Financial Times’ masters in management ranking (September 2020).
  • European and International Business Management Programme (EIBM) – Trilingual (English, French, Spanish) programme in 12 and 14-month formats taught in three countries. Run by Audencia Nantes and two academic partners in the UK and Spain.
  • International Master in Management (IMM) – Year-long programme taught in English with the possibility of studying on the campus of one of eight exclusive partners.
  • Master Supply Chain and Purchasing Management – English-taught double degree split between Audencia Nantes and MIP Politecnico di Milano (Italy). Available in 12 or 18-month formats.
  • MSc in Food and Agribusiness Management – a 15-month programme in partnership with ESPM (Escola Superior de Propaganda e marketing), Brazil and with the support of the Crédit Agricole. Taught 100% in English.
  • MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy (MSc MECE) – an 18-month programme taught in English in partnership with the Innovation School of The Glasgow school of Art.
  • Bachelor in Management – Three-year programme. Admission possible in year three after prior studies.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Four year programme with the fourth year split between studies and in-company period. Specialisations in agribusiness or purchasing.
  • Masters programme Communications and Media – Three-year programme including 15 months of internships.`
  • Masters programme Public policy Management – in partnership with Sciences Po Lille[7]
  • Specialised masters accredited by the French Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and taught in French

- Management of Sports Organisations - Management and International Competences - Marketing Design & Création - Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Management - Finance, Risk, Control - Marketing Strategies for the Digital Age - Business Development

  • DBA Audencia Business School – Toulouse Business School
  • DBA in Responsible Management, Audencia Business School – Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • DBA Audencia Business School – Western Business School of China, Chengdu
  • Executive Education


Audencia Business School is accredited by EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and Association of MBAs (AMBA).[8] It is among the top 1% business school in the world to have the triple crown (Triple accreditation). Of the 13,670 schools offering business degree programs worldwide, only 89 have triple accreditation as of May 2018.

International partnersEdit

The school signed its first agreement with a non-French academic institution in 1972.[9] Today, Audencia has more than 230 international partners. While the earliest accords concerned North American business schools (especially those in the USA), the school now has partnerships throughout the world.















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  1. ^ "Audencia Business School". Letudiant.
  2. ^ "Business School Rankings Audencia". FT.
  3. ^ "Masters in Management 2020". Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  4. ^ "2016 MBA & Business School Rankings | Which MBA?". The Economist. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  5. ^ a b "Audencia Business School". Studyrama.
  6. ^ "AUDENCIA GROUP - AUDENCIA BUSINESS SCHOOL - Écoles - Conférence des Grandes Ecoles". Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
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  8. ^ "The Triple Accredited Business Schools (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS)". MBA Today.
  9. ^ "Audencia Saciol". Saciol.
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Coordinates: 47°14′48″N 1°33′10″W / 47.2468°N 1.55271°W / 47.2468; -1.55271