Do I have the right profile?

The Global MBA is designed for high-­potential professionals looking to make a career leap.­ 

Admission Requirements:

  • Be at least 26 years old at the time of application
  • At least 3 years of post-university professional experience (excluding internships)
  • At least 2 years of experience in a management role
  • Work experience abroad or in an international environment
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • A competitive GMAT or GRE score
  • Advanced level of English



COVID-19: Adjusted Admission Process 

In view of this unprecedented situation, we have adjusted our admission process as follows:

  • Rolling admissions is now applicable with immediate effect. Candidates can submit their applications without any delay imposed by admission deadlines.
  • All candidates can submit their applications for review by the Admissions Committee without a Management aptitude test and English proficiency test score. In lieu of this test score, candidates have to submit 2 years of transcripts from their previous degrees. Candidates who already have test scores for GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and TOEIC can still submit them, but these will not be taken into account for admission.
  • As soon as we receive your application, our admissions team will proceed to evaluate it and schedule an online interview for you with our Admissions Committee.
  • Following the Committee’s decision, successful candidates will receive a firm offer, along with supporting documentation for those who require a student visa.

Our program advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Mila Barthelemy
GMBA Recruitment Manager, EMEA

Victoria Rogers
GMBA Recruitment Manager, the Americas

Johnny Liang
GMBA Recruitment Manager, SEA ANZ & North Asia

Meenakshi Kaul
GMBA Recruitment Manager, India

Admission rounds


 Online Application
Closing Date
Round 1 November 17th 2019
Round 2 February 2nd 2020
Round 3 March 29th 2020
Round 4 June 14th 2020

7 steps to apply

Step 1: Prepare the tests

As part of the application file, you will need to provide:

  • A management aptitude test: GMAT / GRE (Validity of 5 years)
  • An English proficiency test: TOEIC (minimum score of 800) or IELTS (minimum score of 7) or TOEFL (minimum score 100 | TOEFL MyBest scores are accepted) (Validity of 2 years)

The English test is not required if you are a native English speaker, have spent the last 3 years in an English speaking university or have lived for a minimum of 3 years in an English speaking country.

These tests can take several months to prepare. Keep this in mind when registering for the exams as your application will be incomplete without these scores. We also advise you to take sufficient time to prepare for these tests to ensure you attain the highest scores possible.

To send your scores to us, please use the following institution codes:

  • GMAT: X6RFV57
  • GRE: 0839
  • TOEFL: 0520
Step 2 : Start your online application

The application form is to be completed online.

To begin your application, you will need to create your account, following which you will receive an email with your login ID and password (PIN). These are required each time you sign in, thus you are advised to save this information carefully.

You can fill in the application form at your convenience, pause and come back to it at any point.

Step 3: Upload supporting documents
  • One common essay for all 3 majors, and additional questions, corresponding to your major. To download the essay questions for all majors, please click here.
  • A professional résumé (1-2 pages maximum)
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • Official transcripts of grades from all prior academic establishments (excluding high school)
  • Official degree certificates from all prior academic establishments (excluding high school)
  • If you are a French candidate, a copy of your baccalauréat
  • Original GMAT or GRE score
  • Original TOEFL or IELTS or TOEIC score
  • An ID photo, passport style (medium to high-resolution digital image)
  • Scholarship Essay (if applicable)
  • Proof of Fair Registration and Attendance if you have chosen to apply for the Fast Fair Reduction Scholarship 
  • Two professional referees, who will receive a request to complete the online reference form when you submit your online application

All documents must be provided in English or French. Official translations will also have to be provided for documents in other languages.

Step 4: Submit your application

Once you have completed your online application and have attached all the supporting documents, the final step is to submit your online application before the admission deadline. The upcoming admission rounds are listed in the table at the top of this page.

Earlier applicants will receive priority consideration for scholarships.

Please note that you will have to pay a non-refundable application fee of 130€/180SGD.

Step 5: Find out if you have been shortlisted

Your application will be fully studied by the Admissions Panel. Each part of your application is taken into account. If your application is successful, you will be contacted by ESSEC within two weeks.

Step 6: Sit for your interview

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to organize an interview which will last for about 40 minutes. The aim of the interview is for you to be able to demonstrate your motivation for doing an MBA, for choosing ESSEC Business School and what you hope to achieve after your degree.

The admissions jury can comprise of faculty members, a Global MBA alumni, a member of the Global MBA team, a member of the ESSEC Career Services team, a HR professional or headhunter, as well as a current MBA participant.

Interviews will be conducted either in person or over video-conference, depending on the location of the candidate.

In-person interviews will take place at ESSEC's campuses in France and Singapore, as well as at international admissions interviews in Mumbai, New York City and Shanghai.

Interviews at ESSEC in France
Strategy & Management major and Luxury Brand Management major
- November 28th 2019
- January 23rd 2020
- February 28th 2020
- April 30th 2020
- May 28th 2020
- June 26th 2020

Interviews at ESSEC in Singapore
Strategy & Digital Leadership major
- November 28th 2019
- February 28th 2020
- April 30th 2020
- June 26th 2020

International Admissions Interviews
Candidates who are not able to travel to France or Singapore for their interviews will have the option to participate in in-person interviews in the following cities:
- December 2019: Shanghai
- February 2020: Mumbai
- March 2020: New York City
- April 2020: Mumbai and Shanghai

Step 7: Get your results

The  Admissions Panel will deliberate on your overall application and decisions will be submitted. You will be notified within two weeks of your interview if you have been offered a place in the ESSEC Global MBA program along with supporting documentation for participants who have to obtain visas. 

Please note that all decisions by the Admissions Panel are final and cannot be appealed. Decision letters are generally sent promptly after the interview, and your response is required in a timely fashion. Please be aware that the Early Bird scholarship is only valid within two weeks from the date of your decision letter.

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