IÉSEG School of Management

IÉSEG School of Management (Institut d'Économie Scientifique Et de Gestion, translated to "The Institute of Scientific Economics and Management") is a French grande école, private and graduate business school, established in 1964 in Lille, France. IÉSEG School of Management is a member of the Université Catholique de Lille consortium, the largest private university in France in terms of student population and endowment. The school has two campuses, one in Lille and one in Paris. IÉSEG holds the "Triple Crown" of international business school accreditations: EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. [1]

IÉSEG School of Management
Institut d'Économie Scientifique et de Gestion
MottoEmpowering changemakers for a better society
TypePrivate, Grande école
Academic affiliation
Budget71 million euros (2019)
PresidentMarc Delozanne
DeanJean-Philippe Ammeux
FranceLille, France.
Colors  Blue

IÉSEG School of Management is consistently ranked as one of France's Top 10 business schools according to the International Financial Times. As a French Grande Ecole and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, IÉSEG is one of the most recognised and academically rigorous higher education institutions in France.[2]

As of the 2019/2020 academic year, the school has more than 9,000 alumni, 5,850 students on the Lille and Paris campuses, 2,600 of which are international students representing more than 100 nationalities.[3]

IÉSEG collaborates with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). The School has more than 700 professors; 82% of its permanent faculty is international, 100% hold a PhD and it has a network of more than 300 partner universities in 75 countries and over 2500 company partners.[4]


IESEG School of Management was founded in 1964 in Lille by the economist and former dean of the Université Catholique de Lille, Michel Falise.

In 1976, the school was recognized by the Ministry of National Education (France) and became member of the Conférence des Grandes écoles in 1997. In 2002, IESEG was one of the first business school in France which started to propose a Master in management fully taught in english.

From 2006, IESEG started to collaborate with the CNRS in a shared laboratory and is since then, the only business school in France with HEC Paris to have this agreement. In 2012, the school received the EQUIS accreditation, in 2013 the AACSB and in 2013 AMBA. [5]

In recent years, IESEG chose to not develop overseas campuses but instead, to develop the Lille and Paris campuses. In contrary to most colleges and universities in France, the Lille campus is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Grande Ecole ProgramEdit

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

This program is composed of a three-year Bachelor cycle followed by a two-year Master of Science in Management.

Bachelor cycle: During the three-year bachelor cycle, students study different areas of management such as International Business and Marketing and Operations Management. Master cycle the 2-year Master in Management cycle gives students the opportunity to specialize in a particular field: Audit – Control, Economics and International Trade Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Systems Management, Operations Management, Marketing, or International Negotiation & Sales Management.

It is possible for newly admitted students to follow all the courses of the five-year program only in English, allowing foreign students with no French background to be admitted as an IÉSEG student.

Bachelor in International Business (BIB)Edit

Launched in 2015 at the Lille Campus, the Bachelor in International Business, Diplôme d’Études Supérieures en Affaires Internationales, is designed for students interested in management and international business taught entirely in English. Moreover, the programme has been designed and built to allow students to join the labor market after three years of studies. Majority of the students selected into the BIB programme are international students and French students with prior expatriate experience which creates a culturally diverse group and a small class size.

Students are taught to manage projects for international companies and to operate in complex business environments in an ethically responsible and sustainable way.[6]

The Bachelor in International Business program consists of 6 semesters of coursework, including an option for an exchange or double-degree at one of IESEG's university partners. Three internships totaling seven months of progressive work experience means that the students graduate with professional connections and experience.

In their third year students have the opportunity to choose specialised electives in areas such as marketing, financial reporting and analysis, international negotiation, capital markets, and international project management.[7] As a prerequisite for graduation, students are also required to spend at least three months abroad (academic exchange or professional experience).

The BIB (“Diplôme d’Études Supérieures en Affaires Internationales”) is accredited by the French Higher Education Ministry (VISA BAC+3).[8] Starting September 2020 the programme will also be taught at IÉSEG's Paris-La Défense campus.

Master of Science - MScEdit

IÉSEG's Masters of Science programs are taught entirely in English.

Upon successful completion of their Postgraduate Program (90 ECTS), admitted students are awarded the traditional ‘MSc degree’ from the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (“Diplôme de la Conférence des Grandes Écoles”), which attests to the School's excellence.

Since September 2019, IÉSEG School of Management is authorized by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to also deliver the ‘Grade de Master’ (a State-recognized degree) for its Postgraduate Programs* (“Diplôme d’Études Spécialisées en Management International”) – and to provide a registered title with the French RNCP (the National Repertory of Professional Certification).

International MBAEdit

The International MBA – IMBA is a one-year program completely taught in English.

IÉSEG international MBA is accredited by AMBA.

This programme IMBA provides a registered title with the French RNCP (National Repertory of Professional Certification) Level 1, recognised in France and in Europe.

In its first participation in the 2020 Global MBA Ranking, IÉSEG was ranked 38th globally, consolidated as the third school with the highest percentage of foreign professors (80%) and shares, together with two schools, the first place for the high percentage of international students.

The class includes students from 22 different nationalities, composed of 49% of women and 51% of men, and on average have 7 years of work experience prior to joining the programme.[9]

Executive MBA (EMBA)Edit

Executive MBA is targeted at people having responsibilities in an organisation and who have a career development project towards a new role involving leadership and human competences.

This programme provides a registered title with the French RNCP (National Repertory of Professional Certification) Level 1, recognised in France and in Europe.

The participants of the Executive MBA have diverse profiles allowing them to bring a great wealth of exchanges and projects. This diversity is reflected, in particular, by the different jobs from which they arise and the variety of the jobs that they perform. The class includes students from 19 different nationalities, composed of 36% of women and 64% of men, and on average have 16 years of work experience prior to joining the programme.[10]


The admission in the 1st year of the "Grande Ecole Programme" is carried out through the Access exam. The admission is highly selective as in 2019, only 800 students were admitted amidst more than 5700 candidates. [11]

Admission for Bachelor in International Business and Specialised Masters programmes is done by professional file package (online application, CV, English language proficiency certificates, optional supporting documents) and online motivation video or interview to be reviewed by admission jury.[12]

IÉSEG offers large numbers of scholarships in the form of tuition waiver for Bachelor International Business and Specialised master's degree seeking students. There is no separate application for scholarships and decisions are made by the Admissions Jury at the same time as applications are being reviewed.


Exchange programEdit

IÉSEG has more than 300 partner universities around the world (in 75 different countries) including: - Harvard University - Cornell University - University of California Berkeley - University of Glasgow - University of Sheffield - IE Business School - Korea University - University of Bologna - Bocconi University - Peking University - University of Hong Kong - McGill University - Copenhagen Business School - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität - Lomonosov Moscow State University

IESEG's students can spend one or two semesters as an exchange student during their Bachelor's degree, and one or two additional semesters during the Master's degree. In addition, the School welcomes more than 2500 international students each year.[13]

Dual degreeEdit

IESEG proposes several dual degrees both for the Bachelor and Master program. [14]

Program Partner universities in 2021
Bachelor's degree EBS University of Business and Law   Germany

Fairleigh Dickinson University   United States

Juniata College   United States

Pforzheim University   Germany

Universidad del Rosario   Colombia

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia   Spain

Master's degree Plekhanov Russian University of Economics   Russia

Lancaster University   UK

McGill University   Canada

Loughborough University   UK

Queensland University of Technology   Australia

Rikkyo University   Japan

The City University of New York   United States

Tongji University   China

Università Carlo Cattaneo   Italy

Lille Catholic University (Dual degree in business and law)   France

Doctor of Philosophy KU Leuven   Belgium


IÉSEG shares a research department with CNRS, a state-owned research body. Primary areas of research include economics, quantitative methods, finance, accounting, management, marketing, and negotiation.[citation needed]

Centers of research expertise

• IÉSEG Center of excellence in Negotiation (ICoN): ICoN is active in negotiation research, teaching and knowledge transfer. ICoN adopts a transversal approach to negotiation and relationship establishment, spanning over management, employment relations, marketing (sales and procurement), international relations and law.

• IÉSEG Center for marketing Analytics (ICMA): The IÉSEG Center for marketing Analytics (ICMA) is a research group that aims to establish durable research collaborations between academics active in research in the field of marketing analytics, including database marketing, customer intelligence, digital analytics or analytical CRM, and businesses in need of solutions related to one of these topics.

• IÉSEG Center for Organizational Responsibility (ICOR): ICOR is IÉSEG's Center for Organizational Responsibility. Founded in 2014, it aims to create and disseminate conceptual knowledge and practice-oriented tools in the field of social responsibility, sustainability and business and society relationships for students, researchers, professionals and their organizations.

It is composed of and coordinated by members of IÉSEG academic staff from all departments.[citation needed]


Lille campusEdit

The historical campus, located in the heart of the city of Lille, is composed of modern buildings for a total surface of more than 20 000 m2 (6 buildings).

IÉSEG's facilities (classrooms, multimedia centres, cafeterias and offices) are accessible to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All students have an ID card with a magnetic strip that allows for individual access.

More than 200 computer workstations connected to the Internet are available to students and faculty.

The Vauban University Library (Bibliothèque Universitaire Vauban) has over 55,000 books and more than 600 journal subscriptions.

A renovation and extension project for the historic Lille Campus called "The IÉSEG Village" aims to create 4,100 m2 of additional space and renovate 4,600 m2 of pre-existing space with green terraces, spaces and rainwater harvesting. The project is set to be completed by September 2021.[15]

IÉSEG School of Management La Defense Campus

Paris campusEdit

In 2008, IÉSEG opened a second campus in the Grande Arche de La Défense at the heart of the business district of La Défense.

The Paris Campus consists of 3 buildings of a total of 15,500 m2 (166,840 sq ft), and provides students with lecture halls, classrooms, multimedia rooms, 2 trading rooms, a library, 2 cafeterias and meeting rooms for clubs and associations.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Alma, French singer and songwriter
  • Gabriel Ramon Castello Taliani - Chairman & Director at UBS
  • Eric Faintreny (1985) - Former chairman and CEO of Redcats
  • Martine CARLU-BENASICH (1993) - CEO, Interiale
  • Christophe CATOIR (1995) - President France and Northern Europe, Adecco Group
  • Bruno DE FOUGEROUX (1998) - Former chief executive Danone Water France & Benelux
  • Guillaume FOURDINIER (2010) - Co-founder & CEO, Agricool
  • Elsa HERMAL (2012) - Co-founder & General Manager, Epicery
  • Corinne HOCHART (1994) - CEO, Oney France
  • Etienne HUREZ (1994) - CEO, Boulanger Group
  • Naveen PRASAD (2013) - Founder & Managing Partner, Agilis (Capital) Advisors
  • Victoria ROQUETTE (2011) - Director, Carne Group Portugal
  • Pierre-Alain VIELVOYE (1992) - Chairman, Groupe Adeo
  • Nicolas WALLAERT (1995), General Manager, Cofidis France


  1. ^ "IESEG Accreditations & Labels".
  2. ^ (in French)Comment l'Iéseg est devenue une grande école de commerce
  9. ^ "INTERNATIONAL MBA Class Profile".
  10. ^ "EXECUTIVE MBA Overview".
  11. ^ "access admission rate Admission".
  13. ^ "International dimension".
  14. ^ "Dual degree".
  15. ^ "The IÉSEG Village: a renovation and extension project for the IÉSEG historic Lille campus".