Executive Education

Design your path toward a successful future

In a world where complexity is not only key but irreducible, ESSEC Business School’s Executive Education campus offers the necessary teachings and tools to participants of all programs. The better understanding of companies’ and organisations’ challenges is a way for participants to express their talent, claim their leadership and move forward in their career.

Design your path toward a successful future with ESSEC Executive Education!

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Studying at ESSEC’s La Défense campus is a great way to boost your skills by combining professional experience and coursework. Because your time is limited, this campus – located within the famous CNIT building – was designed with efficiency in mind.

Direction to the campus

Located in the heart of the La Défense business district, the ESSEC CNIT campus is easy to reach from Paris and its suburbs, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, other cities in France or abroad, thanks to an efficient public transportation network.


As one of the leading business school in Europe and founded in 1907 in Paris, ESSEC Business School strategically chose Singapore to extend its international presence and establish its Asia Pacific campus. The economic dynamism of the city-state and its position at a multicultural and educational crossroads allows ESSEC to respond to the increasing demand for management education in Asia.

ESSEC Asia-Pacific aims to groom a new generation of global leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals able to face the challenges of a fast-changing world. The Asia-Pacific campus was inaugurated in 2005 at the National Library Building in Singapore and has since welcomed and trained over 3,000 students and managers from all over the world. In 2015, ESSEC moved to its Asia-Pacific campus at Nepal Hill, located within the one-north Business Park. 


As a centennial academic institution, ESSEC provides participants with an incredible experience fueled by rich interactions, teachings and sharings. Thanks to its vast panel of Executive Education programs and international professors, ESSEC believes in placing at the core of its pedagogical approach, human singularity and the creation of one’s future and success.

With executive education, the focus is set on attaining excellence, entrepreneurship and accompanying every participant in the implementation of one’s life project. Throughout that cycle, participants are encouraged to believe in and take ownership of ESSEC’s core value, the pioneering spirit.

The right program at the right time

Give a boost

Why choose ESSEC Executive Management Programs?To take a few steps back, to exchange with multi-faceted peers and to give a boost to an already success-oriented carreer.
The Executive MBA and Management Général programs are conceived for experienced leaders and high-potential executives. They both offer the fundamental teachings to become the leaders they wish to be and attain managerial and strategic excellence.

Challenge yourself

ESSEC Executive Education programs are meant to develop both one’s management qualities and expertise. In a fast-changing environment, all dimensions of a company are affected : purchasing management and supply chain, marketing, human resources, finance, but also information systems. Functional programs at ESSEC Executive Education also aim to update transversal methods and competencies: leadership and change management, operational management, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship.

Build your future

ESSEC Executive Education’s partnerships with major leading actors in luxury, real estate and hospitality management provide non only constant interactions with companies and their economic environment but also high-end academic research. These partnerships, based on excellence, are an incentive for professionals who wish to access up-to-date sectorial expertise, while taking into account present challenges and teachings enriched by the ESSEC professors’ high-quality research.


A community of 46,000 alumni around the world

The ESSEC alumni Association gathers a community of 46,000 alumni in 60 locations all around the world. Aside from orientation, the Association engages in numerous special events and services destined to promote the ESSEC’s image and worldwide network. Encouraging a “networking reflex”, its purpose is to animate the relationships between the various ESSEC communities (alumni, students, companies) in all sectors of activity. The Association possesses its own internet portal, listing its various services and activities.

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ESSEC permanent professors all have considerable international and pedagogical experience in research and consulting. They aim to construct programs thoughtfully and detain a key role in the animation of the ESSEC Executive Education program cycles. Experienced in the art of animating an audience, they combine theoretical concepts - allowing the participants to take a step back - and concrete experience - enabling them to apply the theoretical concepts in realistic settings. ESSEC professors’ publications are also recognized on an international level as being innovative in the field of management.


Founded in 1907 in Paris, ESSEC Business School is a centre of academic excellence underpinned by its faculty’s research. The School’s reputation is built on a pioneering spirit that shapes both its scientific ambitions and its pedagogical approach, and is reflected in its extensive alumni community.

The mission of ESSEC Business School is to create and disseminate cutting-edge knowledge, to train and develop bold pioneers and influential leaders for both the business world and society as a whole. ESSEC Business School encourages students and participants in its programmes to anticipate – and meet – the economic, managerial, social, environmental and ethical challenges of an increasingly uncertain world. The school helps them achieve more and more complex goals by leveraging technology with a human touch.

Through its undergraduate, graduate, executive education and PhD programs in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and beyond, ESSEC Business School trains agile, creative and open-minded professionals and fosters a spirit of lifelong learning. Our students learn to reconcile academic knowledge and cultural heritage with their own experience to develop individual and collective freedom and success.


Created in 1907, ESSEC has never ceased to innovate to anticipate the challenges of the future. Very early on rooted in the heart of the ESSEC identity, the pioneering spirit constitutes the common thread to this story steeped in history.

1907: Creation of the Institut Economique within the Ecole Sainte-Geneviève. The first student intake counted 7 students. In 1908, the two student years of the Institut Economiques counted 25 students. A third, optional year, was created in 1909.

1913: The Institut Economique became the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciale (ESSEC). The School was based within the Catholic Institute of Paris and moved to rue d’Assass, Paris, in 1915.

1921: Creation of an internship department. By the end of the First World War, the ESSEC Alumni Association had grown in numbers: a solidarity fund was created, notably allowing the support of widows and orphans. The first graduate directory was published in 1926

1929: The first lessons in business ethics: the humanist ambitions of the institution found their expression in the pedagogy and values it wished to transmit to the students. The concern to blend theory and practice was already sketched out with the organisation, since the beginnings of the institution, of company visits and study trips.

1932: Creation of the first Students’ Association. Students began to give names to the various student intakes to the School: the first, in 1937, took the name of the aviator Jean Mermoz.

1937: First student grants, thus marking the beginning of a social assistance policy. At the end of the 1940s, a competitive examination replaced the entrance exam and studies were enlarged to 3 years. The School became increasingly attractive and recruitment increasingly selective.

1961: Creation of the Mardis de l’ESSEC (“ESSEC Tuesdays”), the first student debating platform in France.

1963: Creation of the Research Centre. Initially destined to tighten links with the academic world and the academic field, in 1969 it became the CERESSEC (Centre d’Études et de Recherche en Sciences Sociales, Economiques et Commerciales), the first research structure attached to a business Grande Ecole.  This period also marked the creation of the ESSEC permanent faculty body.

1967: Launch of ESSEC Executive Education, which took up residence at the Cnit, in the La Défense business quarter, in 1989.

1967: Students created the first European junior enterprise, carrying out studies, surveys or polls for their company clients.

1966: Admission in the 2nd year of studies, on examination of academic results and via an interview, inaugurated a parallel access track to the School. Initially, it included a large majority of engineers.

1970: Opening of the School to female students. Initially admitted on qualifications, the entrance exam was opened to them in 1972. Today, one ESSEC student out of two is female.

1973: ESSEC left rue d’Assas in Paris and moved to the heart of the Cergy-Pontoise new town. This period was also marked by the growing liberty of choice offered to students in the building of their academic path and the increasing importance placed on professional experience during studies.

1975: Creation of the Ecole des praticiens du commerce international (EPSCI), which became the Bachelor in Business Administration in 2010 and the ESSEC Global BBA in 2015.

1981: Creation of the Institute of International Hospitality Management (IMHI) with Cornell University and the launch of an MBA in Hospitality Management (IMHI). 

1985: Creation of the 1st Specialised Master’s, a one year programme destined for higher education teaching graduates. The first MS was consecrated to Financial techniques. Others were rapidly created: marketing management, design and management of information systems and decision frameworks, supply chain engineering management, etc.. 

1986: Creation by Professor Daniel Tixier of the first teaching and research Chair. This Chair was consecrated to Mass Consumer products. Today, ESSEC counts 21 teaching and research Chairs, designed and developed in close partnership with partner companies. 

1993: Setting up of the apprenticeship scheme. ESSEC was the first school of management to propose its students an apprenticeship track.  Currently, 30% of students in a given year of the Grande Ecole undertake apprenticeships as part of their curriculum.

1995: 1st student intake for the MBA in International Luxury Brand Management.

1997: ESSEC became the first school accredited by the AACSB outside of North America. ESSEC obtained EQUIS accreditation in 2003.

2003: Faithful to its humanist tradition and its commitment to equal opportunities and diversity, ESSEC launched its equal opportunities programme “Une grande école: pourquoi pas moi?” (A top business school: why not me?), to enable secondary school pupils of modest social background to dare and succeed ambitious higher studies.

2003: Launch of the Executive MBA programme. Thanks to the strategic alliance with the University of Mannheim, Germany, it became, in 2004, The ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA. In 2014, an Asian-Pacific track opened in Singapore. 

2005: Setting up of activities in Singapore. ESSEC progressively developed its activities in full-time studies, executive education and research. At the beginning of the 2010s, the School commenced the construction of its own campus.

2014: Launch of the first two ESSEC MOOCs dedicated to decision making in complex environments with Edgar Morin, and social entrepreneurship.

2014: Presentation and beginning of the implementation of the ESSEC 3i strategic plan aimed at 2020. The development of ESSEC will lie in three major thrusts: innovation, involvement, and internationalisation.

2015: Inauguration of the ESSEC Singapore campus. Located at Nepal Hill, in the heart of an area in full development dedicated to research, entrepreneurship and teaching, the 6,500 m² building can welcome up to 1,500 students a year.

Source: Michèle Juste, ESSEC, 100 Years of Innovation, 2007

Towards freedom, through knowledge 

The ESSEC emblem, bearing the motto “Per scientiam ad libertatem,” reflects the quest for excellence, the power of knowledge, and the willingness to take risks – values that are fundamental to the ESSEC community. This is also the core of ESSEC’s educational model: to give our students an ever greater independence through the dissemination of knowledge.

Upcoming events

  • Mar 03
    Webinar - Advanced Certificate - The Business of Luxury

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    ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA Information Session

    Meet the EMBA academic team and alumni and discover a program designed for the next generation of leaders.

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    'Le Monde' MBA Fair

    Join our advisors at Palais Brongniart in PAris and discover our executive MBA and Executive Masters...

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  • Apr 06
    Master Class "La France, un paradis pour entrepreneurs"

    [French-speaking event] Participez à la Master Class "La France, un paradis pour entrepreneurs" et découvrez avec Fabrice Cavarretta la France sous un nouveau prisme

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