Full-Time MBA

Be a different kind of leader thanks to our 18-year old MBA

Are you looking for an MBA programme that allows you to reimagine your role in the business world? One that empowers you to take a “business for the better” approach on an international scale?  

Business can sometimes have a bad reputation – one of personal gain over greater good, one where you must shed your unique qualities to thrive. But in this programme, we work with you closely to understand who you are, what you want to achieve and how you can use your unique strengths to impact society for the better. 

Build comprehensive skills, take risks and test your ideas in this one-year boutique programme:

  • Select from a choice of concentrations, study abroad opportunities, internship options, consulting opportunities and additional qualifications
  • Enjoy the high quality and strong reputation of Audencia, which holds triple accreditation by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS (achieved by less than 1% of business schools globally)
  • Gain a uniquely broad, creative and ethical skillset from faculty with industry expertise paired with in-depth knowledge of corporate social responsibility
  • Develop your ideas within a close-knit cohort of roughly 30 peers, coming from unusually diverse backgrounds
  • Collaborate with companies as well as Executive MBA and Chief Value Officer MBA students here and around the world, making connections with experts and peers on almost every continent

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Key information

DEGREE EARNED

MBA - Audencia

Optional International Graduate Certification: Maximizing Global Performance:

  • Boston University (United States)
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Audencia (France)

* For this optional certificate, you’ll take courses from the two partner schools online.

LANGUAGEEnglish
PROGRAMME STARTSeptember 2022
DURATION1 year, full-time
ELIGIBILITY
  • Proficiency in English
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant post-graduation, full-time work experience
  • GMAT or GRE (not mandatory)
LOCATION
  • Term 1: Nantes, France
  • Term 2: Nantes, France, with optional study week in Italy (format depends on health regulations)
  • Optional Internship: Anywhere in the world 
TUITION€31,500, with generous scholarships available
*Tuition fees for study abroad options vary
80th
in the world (The Economist, 2021)
5th
for Student/Faculty Diversity (The Economist, 2021)
35th
for Faculty Quality (The Economist, 2021)
43rd
for Diversity of Recruiters (The Economist, 2021)

Programme

Your tailor-made programme is delivered in collaboration with the diverse MBA community and Audencia corporate partners, making it both a highly personal and internationally networked programme.

  • Choose 2 concentrations (6 electives) in either corporate finance or entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility or innovation
  • Earn an optional online certificate with Boston University and Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Get real-world experience with case studies, multinational group projects, company consulting projects and an optional internship anywhere in the world
  • Study in the innovative block method for deep immersion in your subjects
  • Enjoy flexible final project options, with on-campus learning completed by June, leaving time for self-directed learning and a corporate internship
  • Take advantage of diverse professional development and networking opportunities through Career Services

Term 1 (September to December)

Gain a broad understanding of business management, enabling you to make qualified and sustainable business decisions in complex international environments. Modules take an individualised approach, with participatory and interactive learning in small teams:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Strategy and Marketing
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Operations and Supply Chain
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • MBA Project Development

Term 2 (January to May)

Focus on your field of professional interest, selecting the right concentrations to sharpen your skills.

Choose one concentration per phase to gain a deeper knowledge in your interest areas, or choose the optional online International Graduate Certification: Maximizing Global Performance with Boston University and Tecnológico de Monterrey and one concentration of your choice. Each concentration is composed of three modules.

Phase 1:

Corporate Finance

  • Financial and Risk Management
  • Treasury Management
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

or

Entrepreneurship & Transformation

  • From Business Opportunity to Business Plan
  • Marketing of New Products and Services
  • Transforming the Organisation

Phase 2:

Strategic CSR

  • Responsibility and Sustainability Challenges
  • CSR-Driven Innovation
  • Leadership for a Sustainable Future

or

Innovation & New Product Development

  • New Product Development
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Managerial Innovation

For this optional certification in Maximizing Global Performance, three of the world’s leading business schools have joined forces to offer unique online training in successful strategies to confront tomorrow’s global business challenges. Each university offers an online course within the certificate that brings a special perspective to the topic of maximising global business performance.

You will develop a strong international network, become active in global discussion groups and work in multinational teams on cases and projects.

Boston University - U.S.

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. You may choose between the following two modules:

  • International Trade and Logistics
  • International Business, Economics and Cultures

Tecnológico de Monterrey – Mexico

Tecnológico de Monterrey has over 27 years of experience in distance learning and is the no. 1 private university in Mexico, with 26 campuses in Mexico and 18 offices around the world.  A creative hub for business, Tecnológico de Monterrey has graduated over 4,000 businesses through incubation and entrepreneurship programmes. As a part of this certificate, you will take:

  • Strategic Alignment and Global Competitiveness

Audencia – France

One of the elite international business schools holding triple accreditation and highly ranked across the board for MBA education, Audencia is a leader in responsible business and management education and practices.

Audencia was the first business school in France to sign the United Nations Global Compact, was a member of the United Nations’ task force in charge of defining the Principles for Responsible Management Education, and signed a groundbreaking agreement with WWF France to support the training of responsible managers. Our faculty and staff are involved in these issues daily, including work in our Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility.

As part of this certificate, you will take:

  • Corporate and Global Responsibility

If you choose to earn this certificate, in addition to these three online courses, you will also enrol in any one of the concentrations at Audencia.

This optional week abroad can complement your concentrations and expand your international experience and network. Arrange a study week in Italy to increase your expertise in a field relevant to your final project and career.

MIP Politecnico di Milano

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. Spend a week in Italy and select a one-week course. Additional eligibility criteria may apply.

Example courses:

  • Going Global: Managing an International Business
  • Industry 4.0
  • Sustainability and Circular Economy
  • Big Data and Analytics

Concurrent with Term 2 (February to March)

MBA graduates are frequently hired for their consulting skills, both within the consulting industry and beyond. Managers now take on a consulting role within their own companies, applying a systematic and analytical approach to solving problems, improving performance or developing the business.

The first module introduces you to the industry and familiarises you with tasks and processes typically found in the consulting world. In the second module, you and a small team of your peers will be given a consulting mission with a company or an organisation. You will act as a consultant, addressing the client’s questions/challenges, collecting data and presenting your recommendations at the end of this five-week period.

This allows you to gain real consulting experience, expand your portfolio and broaden your network within the industry. 

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Concurrent with Term 2 (March to September)

Your professional goals and interests are the focus of your programme. You’ll have a substantial amount of time to work on a project related to your own professional plan. Your final MBA project can take one of the following forms:

  • An entrepreneurial project, which may include writing a business plan and developing or advancing a business idea; example student work – Beauty through the Lens of Sustainability: A Business Creation Project

  • An academic research dissertation; example student work – An Assessment of Capabilities of IT Consulting Service Providers in Addressing Digital Transformation Needs of the Automotive Sector

  • A corporate internship and business analysis; example student work – Launching an Eco-friendly Dishwasher Detergent on the Benelux Market: Analysis and Recommendations

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 independently at any time using your exclusive online access to Assimil, a proven intuitive language learning method, provided at no additional cost. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice conversational French with French students at Audencia’s “Café Français”.

Additionally, you can choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes at the University of Nantes’ language department, which is situated just across the road from our main campus. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes directly to register. Register early to secure your place.

58th
World MBA Ranking (CNN-Expansión, 2019)
6th
in Europe for Diversity (QS World University Rankings, 2019)

Diverse MBA Community

Not only will you make close connections with people in a vast array of industries from all over world, you can test your ideas within this global community.

You’ll meet and network with students, faculty, staff and industry partners from partnering international schools on Audencia’s Nantes campus during International MBA Week. Throughout your programme, you’ll collaborate with your cohort and the wider MBA community on case studies, consulting assignments, business games and more. You’ll also have an international network of professors and industry leaders at your fingertips.

Get all the benefits of a small, personal programme while also building diverse global relationships. Social responsibility depends on giving everyone a voice – develop as a leader within a diverse community, and collaborate to advance change for the benefit of society.

Your programme ranks 6th in the world for student diversity (The Economist, October 2021). With an average of 15-18 countries represented in a class of 30, students ranging in age from early 20s to late 40s, and equal representation of women, you’re joining a vibrant community where true innovation happens.

Students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds – many in engineering or science, but also in fields as diverse as the humanities, communications, law and medicine – within the public and private sectors. 

Throughout your programme, you’ll network and collaborate on coursework with Audencia’s Executive MBA and Executive MBA Chief Value Officer students, who offer the insights and connections of over eight years of professional experience and over five years of direct management experience. 

Your MBA community expands beyond Audencia to a range of our partner institutions. You’ll be collaborating on case studies and more with students from:

  • Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
  • Centre Franco-Vietnamien de Gestion (Vietnam)
  • COPPEAD (Brazil)
  • Ecole Supérieure Algérienne des Affaires (Algeria)
  • George Washington University (United States)
  • Groupe Sup de Co Dakar (Senegal)
  • INCAE (Costa Rica)
  • IPADE (Mexico)
  • Milano Instituto Politecnico (Italy)
  • Shenzhen Audencia Business School (China)
  • Université Royale de droit et sciences économiques (Cambodia)
  • Yonsei University (South Korea)


Audencia faculty members, instructors and guest speakers also represent a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds. In fact, your programme is ranked 5th in faculty/student diversity and 35th worldwide for faculty quality (The Economist, Which MBA 2021).

You’ll work closely with top international experts 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 gain expertise from industry insiders, as business executives from partner companies visit and share their professional insights during the programme. You’ll also get to work closely with a company or organisation during your consulting project and optional internship.

Your understanding of management will advance beyond the theoretical to the actual – helping you build a plan of action for your future.

MBA in Paris

Your programme has an annual two-day event where you get to know a variety of companies through company visits and mini case studies, as well as round tables with alumni and professional recruiters.

Internationalisation

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.

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.

15
nationalities (class of 2018)
71%
over 30 years of age
68%
women

Self leadership

Rediscover yourself and how you fit into and can impact the business world.

In this unique module, you’ll become fully prepared to take your project to successful completion by connecting to your inner resources and talents and developing complimentary skills. A collaboration between MBA faculty and Career Services, you’ll receive a blend of personalised sessions covering resumes, LinkedIn profiles, elevator pitches and more.

You will also participate in workshops that allow you to revisit your self-awareness with the help of your diverse peers. Our team of certified coaches makes sure this experiential approach is carried out in line with ethics and confidentiality, respecting your individual goals and preferences.

Stages of development

  • Connect to where you are right now and self-explore
  • Open up to potential opportunities
  • Concretely project yourself in your next professional role
  • Collect tools and techniques to start advancing

Concepts

Systemic approach, growth mind-set, appreciative inquiry, collective intelligence, neurosciences, learning styles 

Career & Alumni

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.

Your career development is the cornerstone of the Full-Time MBA programme. A broad range of career development modules 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.

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Proven career outcomes for your success

Audencia works hand-in-hand with the corporate world and is a leader in advanced management practices and corporate social responsibility. Your programme is ranked as a Top 100 Global MBA by QS World University Ranking, 2021. 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%).

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)
  • Estée Lauder
  • Station F Startup Campus
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • United Nations

Get personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths, weaknesses and goals – and take advantage of our close ties with the business world, including 175+ corporate partners. 

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

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • Internship fairs
  • 90,000+ 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 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.

85%
EMPLOYED BEFORE GRADUATION
57%
WORK INTERNATIONALLY

Admissions & finance

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 have the drive to help build a more ethical and sustainable world.

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  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Proficiency in English :

TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS tests
English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree
Native speaker

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant post-graduation full-time work experience
  • GMAT or GRE (not mandatory)

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, IELTS, TOEIC)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g., passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346 x 366 pixels)
  • Copy of your GMAT or GRE score – these can be provided at a later date. You can take the test any time before 1 September (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 the Department of International Affairs 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 within a few days of your interview. If your application is borderline and requires further review by the programme director, you will have an admission decision within two weeks 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, non-refundable).

Please contact our admissions office with further questions.
 

Please visit our online application portal to get started.

Full-Time MBA€31,500

 

Please note we are providing generous Solidarity scholarships to combat the effects of the global hardship. See the Financing section for more information.

Optional study abroad
Additional tuition fees may be applied by partner institutions according to the number of credit hours you take. If additional tuition fees apply, these fees will be paid directly to the partner institutions. Contact us with questions.

Other costs linked to school fees

  • Application fee: €100
  • Costs such as visa fees, CVEC, supplementary health insurance, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.

We award €500,000+ in scholarships per year, giving high-performing students around the world the chance to study in a world-class environment. In light of the global crisis, Audencia is investing unprecedented funds in scholarships to help you to pursue your goals. This is a reflection of our commitment to global responsibility – and our belief in you as the next generation of leaders.

ScholarshipAmountProgrammeSelection Criteria
Early application1 500All programsApply before Jan 31st 2022
Solidarity scholarshipUp to 20%All MSc. Programmes & EIBM

Based on academic merit and financial need.

Apply before March 30, 2022

Up to 30%Master in Management (Grande Ecole)
Up to 30%MSc. Management-Engineering
Full-Time MBA
Academic or Sport ExcellenceUp to 50% of 1st year tuitionBachelor in ManagementApply before May 1st 2022
BBA Big Data in Management
Women in Engineering & Science ScholarshipUp to 60%MSc. Management-EngineeringApply before March 30th 2022
Project-based scholarshipsUp to 50%Full-Time MBAProject-based scholarship demonstrating a commitment to one of the four concentrations in the programme
MSc. Food & Agribusiness ManagementProject-based scholarship  for innovation in food and agribusiness
Excellence ScholarshipUp to 50%All MSc. Programmes & EIBM

Merit-based scholarship, selection based on academic excellence, test scores and other criteria.

Apply before May 1st 2022

Master in Management
MSc. Management- Engineering

 

*The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision from the Audencia scholarship committee. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but who 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 Learn more about external scholarships.

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.