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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
  • Optional online certificate with Boston University and Tecnológico de Monterrey 
  • Real-world learning with case studies, group projects, hands-on work with companies and an optional internship
  • Learning organised in blocks
  • Diverse professional development opportunities
  • Flexible final project options: on-campus learning ends by June, leaving opportunity for self-guided learning and a corporate internship

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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, we advise applying as soon as possible. 

Key information

  • Degree earned: MBA
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 1 year, full-time
  • Programme start: September
  • Location: Nantes
  • Tuition: €31,500 (see financing tab below)



in the world (The Economist, 2018)
for Student Diversity (The Economist, 2018)
for Faculty Quality (The Economist, 2018)
for Diversity of Recruiters (The Economist, 2018)


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.

Choose one concentration per phase to gain a deeper knowledge in your interest areas (each concentration is composed of three modules) or choose the optional online certificate with Boston University and Tecnológico de Monterrey and one concentration of your choice.

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

Three of the world’s leading business schools, Audencia (France), Boston University (United States) and Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), have joined forces to offer a unique online certificate designed to provide insights into successful strategies to confront tomorrow’s global business challenges. Each university offers a course within the certificate that brings a special perspective to the topic of maximizing global business performance. You will have the exceptional opportunity to enrol in an online course taught by all three renowned institutions as well as any one of the face-to-face concentrations at Audencia to earn this certificate. You will develop an international network, become active in global discussion groups and work in multinational teams on cases and projects.

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Take advantage of our international network. Arrange a study week at the University of Exeter or MIP Politecnico di Milano to increase your expertise in a field relevant to your career 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 choose to add French language to your portfolio of professional competencies.

You may learn French independently at any time using your exclusive online access to Assimil, a proven intuitive language learning method, provided at no additional costs.

Organisation of French language courses may vary from year to year.

Prepare French Language Certificates: Audencia’s French language classes do not prepare you for French language tests such as the DELF or DALF. However, our main campus is situated just across the road from the University of Nantes’ language department. 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 be given a consulting mission, with a company or an organisation, to work on within a small team. You are expected to act as a consultant: dealing with the clients’ query, collecting data and proposing recommendations.

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World MBA Ranking (CNN-Expansión, 2019)
in Europe for Diversity (QS World University Rankings, 2019)


Audencia’s Full-Time MBA ranks 5th in the world for student diversity (The Economist, October 2018). 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.

With international faculty comprised of Nobel Prize winners, renowned scholars, and professionals at the top of their fields, Boston University is ranked among the top institutions in the U.S.  Opt for the optional online certificate with Boston University and Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) to broaden your network even further.

Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) has over 27 years of experience in distance learning. As an Audencia Full-Time MBA candidate, you may choose to benefit from this expertise by joining the optional online certificate with Tecnológico de Monterrey and Boston University.

nationalities (class of 2018)
over 30 years of age

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.

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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

Join more than 24,000 Audencia Business School alumni working across the globe. Audencia Alumni includes 200+ communities in cities such as London, New York and Shanghai. Furthermore, over 2,000 of our alumni have become CEOs. Audencia Alumni, our alumni association, gives you direct access to this worldwide network of opportunities and resources.


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.

  • 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 programme start- 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: 5.0-9.0
  • 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, DUOLINGO)*       
  • 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 should have a decision immediately following 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- which is non-refundable.

Please contact us with further questions.

Please visit our online application portal to get started.

Full-Time MBA€31,500

Other costs linked to school fees

  • Application fee: €100
  • Costs such as visa fees, CVEC, complementary health insurance, 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.




Executive Leaders FellowshipUp to 50%
  • Project-based scholarship demonstrating a commitment to one of the four concentrations in the programme
  • Find out more here
Early applicationUp to 50%
  • For candidates who submit their application before 31 January
DiversityUp to 35%
  • Nationality-based scholarship for underrepresented countries or regions. 

*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

In addition to an Audencia scholarship, you may be eligible for funding by other public or private bodies. You will find some examples here.

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.