Full-Time MBA


This 1-year MBA provides you with a unique experience to reimagine the way you do business in today’s ever-changing environment. Combining comprehensive business training, experiential learning and an innovative structure, it allows your ideas to take root:

  • Two concentrations (6 electives) in either corporate finance or entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility or innovation
  • Learning organised in blocks
  • Real-world learning with case studies, group projects, hands-on work with companies and an optional internship
  • Diverse professional development opportunities
  • Flexible final project options: on-campus learning ends by June, leaving opportunity for self-guided learning and a corporate internship
  • Our Full-Time MBA programme receives applications for our campuses in Nantes, France and Shenzhen, China. You have the option of changing location in term two if you like

Key information

  • Degree earned: MBA (recognised by the French state under certain conditions; a RNCP master’s level professional certification)
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 1 year, full-time
  • Programme start: September
  • Locations: Nantes or Shenzhen
  • Tuition: €31,500 (see financing tab below)


  • Bachelor’s degree in any field

  • Proficiency in English
  • 3 years’ relevant post-graduation full-time work experience
  • GMAT or GRE (to be submitted before September 1st)
Ranked 63rd in the world (The Economist, 2017)
for Student Diversity
for Faculty Quality


Work closely with top international faculty members and benefit from personal mentoring, quality teaching and real-world corporate and international experience. We are active in research, helping you stay abreast of the most recent developments in your field.
You’ll also gain expertise from industry insiders, as business executives visit and share their professional insights during the programme. With a diverse group of faculty members, professionals, peers and partner companies to learn from, you’ll develop a practical and theoretical understanding of management – and build a plan of action for your future.

Period 1 (September to December)

Gain a broad understanding of business management, enabling you to make qualified and sustainable business decisions in complex international environments. Through participatory and interactive learning with small teams and an individual approach, you will realise your full potential.

During this period of core courses, you will be taking the following modules:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Strategy & Marketing
  • Managing People & Organisations
  • Operations & Supply Chain
  • Data-Driven Decision Making

Period 2 (January to May)

Focus on your field of professional interest, selecting the right concentration to sharpen your skills. You can study at Audencia or at one of our programme’s two international partner universities. Either way, you’ll network with a diverse group of students.

Choose one concentration per phase to gain a deeper knowledge in your interest areas. Each concentration is composed of three modules.

Phase 1:

Corporate Finance

  • Financial & Risk management
  • Treasury management
  • Mergers & acquisitions


Entrepreneurship & Transformation

  • From business opportunity to business plan
  • Marketing of new products and services
  • Transforming the organisation

Phase 2:

Strategic CSR

  • Responsibility & sustainability challenges
  • CSR-driven innovation
  • Leadership for a sustainable future


Innovation & New Product Development

  • New product development
  • Business model innovation
  • Managerial innovation

Take advantage of our programme’s two international partners and study abroad. Arrange a study week to suit your needs and increase your expertise in a field relevant to your MBA project.

Concurrent with period 2 (March to September)

Your professional goals and interests matter most. During this programme, you’ll undertake a project related to your own professional plan.

Your final MBA project can be in the form of:

  • An entrepreneurial project, which may include writing a business plan and developing or advancing a business idea


  • An academic research dissertation


  • Corporate internship & business analysis 

We organise a series of professional development trainings and events in a range of formats, topics and competencies. This helps you jump ahead in your current field, pursue a new career or compete for senior management positions. You’ll also further develop your leadership, negotiation and networking skills.

You’ll work closely with our team of international career advisors, who help each MBA student develop an individual career plan. The career services team also offers workshops on networking, CV writing and interview skills, as well as self-awareness and individual coaching. See Career & alumni for more information.

Develop your managerial skills in parallel with your theoretical knowledge in seminars held during the first two terms of your MBA studies. Seminar topics include leadership skills, change management, communication skills, business ethics, and more.

While the Full-time MBA is entirely English-taught, as an international student, you may attend optional French language courses for beginners, adding to your portfolio of professional competencies.
Intensive week: total duration of 30 hours; free of charge (about one week before programme start)

Audencia’s main campus is situated just across the road from the University of Nantes’ language faculty. You may choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes there. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes directly to register. Register early to secure your place.

The consulting industry is one of the main destinations for MBA graduates. Internally, managers are increasingly required to take on a consulting role, where they apply a systematic and analytical approach to solving problems, improving performance or developing the business.

The first of the two modules offered aims at introducing you to the industry and familiarising you with tasks and processes typically found in the consulting world. In the second module, you will join forces with Audencia’s MCI programme. You will form a small team with members of both programmes. Each team will be given a consulting mission with a company or an organisation. You are expected to act as a consultant: dealing with the clients’ query, collecting data and proposing recommendations.

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Top 25
NetImpact Business as UNusual ranking (2014)
CNN-Expansión World MBA Ranking (2016)
Top Tiers
CEO Magazine (2017): 1st Tier in Europe


Audencia’s Full-Time MBA ranks 2nd in the world for student diversity (The Economist, October 2016). With an average of 12 countries represented in a class of 30, you’re joining a vibrant community. Students also come from a wide range of professional backgrounds – many in engineering or science, but also fields as diverse as the humanities, communications, law and medicine.
Our faculty members, instructors and guest speakers also represent a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds. You’ll find that you, your fellow students and our staff have one common goal – advancing change for the benefit of society.

Combining tradition and renown with innovation and insight, our highly ranked and globally responsible partner in the United Kingdom hosts full-time MBA students from Audencia. You can opt for a study week here as part of your programme. Additional eligibility criteria may apply.

MIP is part of a consortium made up of large multinational corporations and private Italian institutions, helping to make it one of the top schools in Europe. As an Audencia full-time MBA student, you can opt for a study week here as part of your programme. Additional eligibility criteria may apply.

nationalities (class of 2017)
over 30 years of age
women (class of 2016)

Career & alumni

Your career development is the cornerstone of the Full-Time MBA programme. A broad range of career development programmes and services is available throughout the year. Audencia also cultivates close ties with the business world, which is an added benefit to you throughout the programme.

Note: All statistics on this page are based on the number of replies to the question. They relate to all classes to date unless otherwise stipulated.

Get personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths, weaknesses and goals – and take advantage of our close ties with the business world.

Here is just a sample of Audencia’s comprehensive career services:

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • Internship fairs
  • 15,000+ employment opportunities posted each year on our dedicated intranet 
  • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
  • Mentoring programme
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Publication of a CV book for corporate recruiters
  • CV workshops
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
  • Auditing sector fair
  • Information resources and online tools
  • Company visits
  • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
  • Access to 100 + career events on various topics

Audencia is a leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and works hand in hand with the corporate world. As a result, our graduates work with major corporations across the globe – and 85% are employed before graduation. Programme graduates have found work in Europe (54%), Asia and the Pacific (29%) and Latin America (9%).

(Statistics are based on the number of replies to the question. They relate to all classes to date unless otherwise stipulated.

The MBA prepares you for industries such as:

  • Agribusiness
  • Auto
  • Civil engineering
  • Chemical
  • Communication and creative industries
  • Consulting
  • Distribution
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Mechanical
  • Non-profit
  • Professional services
  • Textile
  • Tourism
  • Transportation

Functions the MBA prepares you for include:

  • Consulting
  • Financial management
  • General management
  • Import/export
  • Logistics
  • Marketing and communication
  • Organisational management

Our MBA graduates are employed by a range of multinational companies, including:

  • Barclays
  • Deloitte
  • IBM
  • Intel Mobile Communications
  • L’Oréal
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Nokia
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Audencia Alumni

Audencia has almost 22,000 graduates in 110 countries, including over 2,000 alumni who have gone on to become CEOs – and counting. Audencia Alumni, our alumni association, gives you direct access to this worldwide network of opportunities and resources as soon as you enrol on the programme.

The alumni association includes 22 professional and cultural organisations and is represented outside France by alumni ambassadors who manage the Audencia alumni network in 26 different countries.

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Admissions & finance

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Each generation of business leaders faces unprecedented challenges in response to changing global environments, economies and markets. This programme is for future business leaders who understand the pressures to be profitable and sustainable.
Applications are open until the class is full and are processed on a rolling basis. Due to the limited number of places available in this competitive programme – and to benefit from early application fee waivers or scholarships – we advise applying by 31 January.

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Proficiency in English
  • Minimum of three years of relevant post-graduation full-time work experience
  • GMAT or GRE (to be submitted before September 1st)

Admissions are based on a point system tied to a set of objective criteria, listed below:

GPA (30%)

  • Converted to US system of 0-4.0

English proficiency (25%)

  • Test (up to 25% awarded, depending on score)
    TOEFL: 60-120
    TOEIC: 600-990
    IELTS: 5.0-8.0
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (20% awarded)
  • Native speaker (25% automatically awarded)

Management test (10%)

  • GMAT: 400-800
  • GRE: 300-340

Professional experience (35%)

  • 36-72 months (15% awarded)
  • 72-108 months (25% awarded)
  • 108+ months (35% awarded)

We award bonus points for the criteria listed below:

Recognised school (5%)

  • Ranked (ARWU/QS/THE)
  • Accredited (AACSB/EQUIS/AMBA/ABET)

French (5%) 

  • For B2 language levels in the CEFR

Diversity (5%) 

  • For students from countries not represented in the class for the past two years

 You may begin your online application any time, and you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full; however, we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadline of 31 January.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)*       
  • Copy of identity document (e.g. passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346 x 366 pixels)
  • Copy of your GMAT or GRE score – can be provided at a later date. You can take the test any time before September 1st (in other words, before your programme start). There is a test centre in Nantes. To have your score sent to Audencia, use our institutional GMAT code (0674) or GRE code (5489).

*English test scores are not required for native speakers, applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English or applicants with a GMAT score of 700 and over. To have your scores sent to Audencia, use our institutional ETS code, 0161. Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.

  1. Submitting your application
    Complete the online application (recommended by 31 January). Upon completion, you’ll pay the €100 application fee using any major credit card. If you cannot use a credit card, you may contact us for alternatives.

    Your application will be evaluated within seven days. If you qualify, step two will also occur within seven days of your application.

  2. Admission interview
    At a prearranged time, you will have a 15 - 20-minute exchange with an admissions counsellor to assess your level of English and make sure that you are a good fit for the programme.

  3. Admission decision
    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. You will have a decision within 11 days of your interview. If your application is borderline and requires further review by the programme director, you will have an admission decision within 18 days of your interview. Please do expect some delay during holidays.

  4. Acceptance
    Congratulations! If admitted, you’re invited to officially join the programme. You’ll sign a contract and pay the first instalment of the tuition fees (€1,500).

Please contact us with further questions.

Please visit our online application portal to get started.

Tuition Fees for the 2017/2018 Academic Year   
Full-Time MBA€31,500

Other costs linked to school fees

Application fee: €100. 

Compulsory registration with the student social security system (students under 28 years of age): As an example, the total for 2016-2017 was €215. The fee must be paid at the latest on the first day of the school year and for the subsequent years before 30 September.

Costs such as visa fees, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.

We show our commitment to excellence and diversity through the variety of scholarships we give out each year to students of merit from different backgrounds. Our aim is to open up the best business education to students that show the skill and motivation to be the leaders of tomorrow.




Early applicationUp to 50%
  • For candidates who submit their application before 31 January
CSR FellowshipUp to 45%
  • Project-based scholarship for social responsibility and/or environmental sustainability

*The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision of the Office of International Relations. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but have not yet started the programmes. Scholarships, waivers and awards are not cumulative. If two are awarded to the same student, only the one with the highest amount will be kept unless otherwise stated

Scholarship or loanDetails
Eiffel scholarships
  • For non-French citizens under 30 years of age
  • Applicants must register to an Audencia programme before 1 December
  • Incompatible with any other scholarship, except early application
  • For more information please visit: www.campusfrance.org/en/eiffel 
French government scholarships
Audencia Foundation scholarships
  • Awarded to enrolled students based on criteria chosen by the foundation
FIDERH Banco de Mexico
loan and scholarship
  • For registered students of Mexican nationality
  • Loan granted by FIDERH, scholarship granted by Audencia to beneficiaries of the FIDERH loan
  • For more information: www.fiderh.org.mx/acercade.html or contact us
COLFUTURO scholarship-loan
  • For registered students of Colombian nationalityScholarship-loan granted by COLFUTURO under specific conditions
  • For more information: www.colfuturo.org 
French bank loans
  • Some French banks offer loans at preferential rates to Audencia students*
  • For more information, see “Offres Bancaires” on this page.
Other scholarships
  • Institutions and companies around the world offer different funding opportunities to students of merit
  • Contact us for more information

*Most loans from French banks require a guarantor who is a French resident. Audencia does not act as an intermediary in these transactions, nor does it have any responsibility in the negotiation of these agreements.

Audencia Business School and The Economist have partnered to provide you with a free GMAT Online Tutor Course so you can prepare for the test from anywhere.

You’re a busy professional, so we allow you to take the GMAT any time before September 1st. Once you register for the programme, Audencia will provide you with a free subscription to The Economist GMAT Online Tutor Course, including access to an adaptive test prep, five Comment Supports (Ask a Tutor) and two Sim Tests. We pay for your training.

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Enrolling in a top-ranked MBA is an important decision; the GMAT should not be a barrier for anyone. Please feel free to contact us for more information.