Grande École Programme

5-year Master's degree

  • NICE


  • February
  • September


  • Full time
  • Work-Study

Graduation diploma

  • 5-year Master's degree
  • Dual degree

Teaching languages

  • French French


The Grande École Programme is a five-year state-approved course leading to a Master's degree. It consists of two cycles: the first of 3 years is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of management, economics, and management; the second of 2 years specializes in one of the 10 possible majors.

In parallel, the Grande École Programme allows you to get an international dual degree with one of our partner universities (British, Russian or American).


1st-year entry
• SESAME exam and subject to obtaining the baccalaureate degree
• Application on file, for holders of a foreign diploma equivalent to the baccalaureate.

2nd-year entry
• File + interview
• Application on file, for holders of a foreign diploma equivalent to a 1-year degree.

3rd-year entry
• AMBITIONS+ exam and under the condition of graduating with a 2-year university degree
Application on file, for holders of a foreign diploma equivalent to a 2-year French higher education diploma

Admission in 4th-year
• AMBITIONS+ exam and subject to obtaining a 3-year university degree
Application on file, for holders of a foreign diploma equivalent to a 3-year French higher education diploma

IPAG offers free exam preparation sessions for SESAME.

• Deputy director of Admissions: Christophe Pivaut
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• Admissions officer - Paris campus: Marion Facello
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• Admissions officer - Nice campus: Jimmy Huynh
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  • Description

  • Programme

  • International

  • Career

  • Fees and funding

Grande École Programme

Undergraduate: year 1 to year 3

  • Full time

1st year:
acquiring the basics
The First part of the course is devoted to the basics of the subjects you will be taught throughout your studies at IPAG. You will also learn how to develop your communication skills and self-confidence.

2nd year:
working in project mode

The following year is the year of deepening and broadening the lessons learned. You also begin to work on your first practical projects. Finally, you strengthen your sense of listening and dialogue as well as your organizational skills.

3rd year:
moving to another country
The Third year takes place partly or entirely abroad, depending on your course of study. The aim of this unique year is to discover other cultures, adapt to other professional uses, and immerse yourself in a new cultural and linguistic context. A stay in a partner university, an international internship, a volunteering mission abroad... several possibilities is available to you to structure your year.

Postgraduate: year 4 & year 5

  • Full time
  • Work-Study

4th year:
start specializing
This 1st year of the Master's cycle is the main orientation given to your curriculum. You can choose from 5 main areas of study and you will also follow core courses.

5th year:
specialize and get a dual international degree

The last year is the year of your actual specialization in one of the 10 majors offered. There is also the possibility of obtaining a dual international degree by spending a semester with one of our partners in the United Kingdom, Russia, or the United States.

In Short


5-year Master's degree


1st-year entry: SESAME exam (on file for foreign diploma holders)
3rd-year entry: AMBITIONS+ exam (on file for foreign diploma holders)
4th-year entry: AMBITIONS+ exam (on file for foreign diploma holders)

Teaching language

  • French


5 years


  • Paris
  • Nice

Work Experience

Up to 34 months of accumulated experience over the course of 5 years


  • A third yeard spent entirely abroad
  • The possibility to study up to 3 of the 9 modern languages taught at IPAG
  • Tracks: Asia, Brazil, Hispanic
  • A 100% English-language course: the American Track
  • 29 possible dual degrees


Tuition fees

1st-year entry:

  • €9 900 per year, in case of payment in full
  • €10 100 per year, in case of instalments

3rd & 4th-year entry:

  • €9 100 per year, in case of payment in full
  • €9 300 per year, in case of instalments

Our 5-year Grande École programme in Paris and Nice To find out more

A state-approved degree with a Master's grade level, the Grande École program is an increasingly popular choice due to the quality of the teaching and the expertise it provides upon graduation, after obtaining a five-year degree. This is a program offered by the best business schools.


Grande École Programme: Definition and Principles

The Grande École program is a postgraduate course of study that delivers a Master's degree level diploma after five years of higher education. This five-year program is mainly taught in business schools or management schools.


Attributes of the Grande École Programme

The Grande École program is a management training program that provides teaching on the different areas of business management. The fundamentals are taught during the first years of study thanks to a common core leading to specialties allowing students to choose a specific sector in which they can become experts.

The international dimension is also appreciated thanks to the professional experience offered and sometimes compulsory abroad. For most business and management schools, this degree requires students to complete an internship of several months in a foreign country, which gives this degree a significant advantage to be considered, in addition to the others allowing it to justify its excellent rate of professional insertion.


How do I join the Grande École program?

The Grande École program is a program available directly after the baccalaureate, but also after completion of an undergraduate degree at the baccalaureate or graduate level. Admission to this program depends on your academic level: the competitive exams or entry procedures will be different.

At IPAG Business School, our programs are accessible as soon as you have passed your high school diploma, but also to students who have completed two years of higher education (Licence, BTS or DUT) or three years of higher education. Admissions are subject to a competitive examination:

  • SESAME exam to join our program after high school graduation
  • Ambitions+ exam to join our program in 3rd or 4th year (after your Bachelor's degree at IPAG or other bachelor's degrees from business schools and management schools).

The last two years of the PGE, once you have made your choice from one of our specializations, are possible in work-study sessions. This form of training has many advantages, such as the opportunity to acquire significant professional experience that is acknowledged by recruiters, but it is also a way of funding your tuition fees.


Why should you choose our Grande Ecole program at IPAG Paris and Nice?

As a business school, our Grande École Program, held on our campuses in Paris and Nice, allows you to follow a complete curriculum and to learn about management and business management. Depending on your professional project (international trade, entrepreneurship, international business, etc.), from manager to executive, you can become an expert in your profession thanks to our 8 different specializations. The business world will no longer hold any secrets for you and you will be prepared to join the workforce with a solid and complete background!

In fact, it is comprehensive because our program also includes a practical part which is added to the theoretical lessons attended. Regardless of the chosen specialization, our training allows you to benefit from up to 34 months of professional experience.

Renowned for its professionalization, our Grande École Program also stands out for its international orientation and the guidance students receive throughout their studies thanks to our Career Center.


What are the majors specialisations for the 4th year in the Grande École Programme?

Now that you have acquired the fundamentals of management and business administration, it will be a good time in your 3rd year to choose the specialization area that most appeals to you in which you will benefit from specific and targeted teaching during your 4th and 5th years.

At IPAG, we offer 8 different majors (or more commonly called specializations) available on our two French campuses (Paris and Nice):

  • Marketing and Digital Specialization : On the lookout for the latest technological developments, are you fascinated by digital? This specialization will allow you to become an expert in decoding and anticipating tomorrow's marketing trends.
  • Finance and Markets : From business management to finance, this major offer you all the keys to succeed in the international finance sector.
  • Marketing and Sales Strategy  : Learning how to grow sales and develop effective sales strategies are key skills taught in this specialization.
  • Corporate Finance and Audit : As an inherent part of a company's overall strategy, the financial framework is an indispensable pillar for the proper management of a company.
  • Entrepreneurship : Do you have an entrepreneurial idea? Intrapreneurial? Learn how to master all the stages in the life cycle of a project: takeover or business creation, this complete major will give you all the answers!
  • Human Resources Management : New stakes and permanent challenges, this major prepares you for the increasingly complex problems faced by human resources.
  • International Business & Supply Chain : Find out how to respond to logistical and commercial challenges through this business program with an international focus.
  • International Management : This specialization, taught entirely in English, prepares managers to tackle the managerial issues faced by international companies.

1st Year

Acquiring the basics

Semester 1

  • Marketing fundamentals
  • Sales techniques
  • Financial accounting
  • Written & Oral communication
  • English theater

Semester 2

  • Marketing & Communication mix
  • Introduction & Business law
  • Introduction to statistics
  • Economic context
  • Historical milestones
  • Semester 1

    Fundamental courses

  • Semester 2

    8-9-week internship in sales


Business Game

Cases studies submitted by IPAG partner companies, to which the students, divided into teams, must respond collectively.

X’Trem trails

New experiences based on surpassing oneself with the sense of teamwork: survival missions, military training, humanitarian commitment...

Culture and discovery trails

These allow you to develop your general culture, open-mindness and analytical skills: art history, geography, fashion, music, gastronomy...

Les parcours de spécialisation

Accountancy Track

This specialized program is intended for students who wish to become certified public accountants and/or auditors, who can follow specific modules throughout their undergraduate studies in accounting, finance, and management control.

Above all, it allows students to benefit from an EU exemption from finance and management control for the DSCG (Higher Diploma in Accounting and Management).

This course includes 100 hours of specialized modules, distributed as follows
- 48 hours of management control
- 16 hours in corporate finance
- 16 hours of general accounting and auditing

Start-up and Innovation Track

The Start Up & Innovation Track, dedicated to entrepreneurship, is aimed at all those in whom an entrepreneurial sensitivity already exists, even if no concrete project is yet in the making. It allows you to familiarize yourself with the ideation process, the main stages of starting a company, support and financing structures, thanks to dedicated modules that represent 52 hours during the first cycle.

This course is based on the global ecosystem dedicated to entrepreneurship set up within IPAG:
- 1 physical incubator: 1To9Factory
- 1 virtual incubator: MyABLE
- 12 coaches
- 1 coordinator
- 1 center specialized in supporting disadvantaged people in entrepreneurship

International Tracks

Geographic specialization courses (Asia, Brazil, or Hispanic countries) allow students to follow courses dedicated to the culture, economy, and, of course, the language of the chosen area, on 100 hours basis in undergraduate and 48 hours in the second cycle. This strengthening of the curriculum is coupled with the possibility of choosing a "targeted" expatriation and obtaining a complementary degree (Bachelor's or MSc) at a university in the chosen area.

2nd Year

Working in project mode

Semester 1

  • Financial analysis
  • Corporate law & taxation
  • Market research
  • Human resource management

Semester 2

  • International trade
  • Digital marketing & innovation
  • Logistics & Purchasing
  • Management of organisations
  • Semester 1


  • Semester 2

    An 8 to 12-week internship in a start-up


Business Game

As in the 1st year, real business cases submitted by IPAG partner companies, to which the students, divided into teams, must respond collectively.

Cultural and discovery trails

These allow you to develop your general culture, open-mindedness and analytical skills. The 2nd year is an opportunity to discover a new universe, completely different from the one explored during the 1st year.

3rd year

Moving to another country

Were you a second-year IPAG student?

The two semesters of your 3rd year are devoted to expatriation.

Have you just joined IPAG in parallel admission?

●    1st semester: you improve your level of English and management in Paris or Nice.
●    2nd semester: you fly to the destination of your choice.

  • Semester 1

    English language development (parallel admission)
    6 months of international internship or study abroad

  • Semester 2

    6 months of international internship or study abroad or international volunteering programme

  • Université Australian Catholic, Bachelor of Business, Australie
  • Université de Griffith, 5 Bachelors, Australie
  • Université de Sunshine Coast, Bachelor of Business, Australie
  • Université de NY, 4 European Bachelor of Business, Prague, République Tchèque
  • Université ISB & dublin city college, BA (Hons) in Business, Irlande

  • Université Dublin Business School, BA (Hons) in Business, Irlande
  • Université Cesine Business School, 4 Bachelors, Espagne
  • Université Wollongong Dubaï, Bachelor of Business, Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis
  • Université de Nottingham, Bachelor (Hons) of Business, Royaume Uni
  • Université de Westcliff, Bachelor (Hons) of business, États-Unis
  • Université Millikin, 2 Bachelors, États-Unis

4th year

Start specialising

Core modules

  • Strategic management
  • Project management
  • Software for business

The 6 majors of the 4th year

  • Marketing & Sales Strategy Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • Finance, Audit & Control Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • International Business & Supply Chain Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • International Management Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • Human Resources Management & CSR Major (4) - Paris
  • Entrepreneurship Major (4) - Paris/Nice
  • Entrepreneurship & Project Management Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Semester 1

    Specialisation courses

  • Semester 2

    Specialisation internship from 4 to 6 months

5th year

Specialise and get a dual international degree

Core modules

  • Business Ethics & CSR
  • Digital transformation & innovation
  • Corporate Challenge

The 10 majors of the 5th year

  • Marketing & Digital Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Sales Strategy Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Marketing BtoC Major (5) - Paris
  • Corporate Finance & Audit Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Finance & Markets Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Wealth Management Major (5) - Paris
  • International Business & Supply Chain Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • International Management Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Human Resources Management & CSR Major (5) - Paris
  • Entrepreneurship & Project Management Major (5) - Paris/Nice
  • Semester 1


  • Semester 2

    End-of-study internship of 4 to 6 months
    Work-study possible

The 5 possible dual degrees

  • Dual degree MSc in Business Management (United States)
  • Dual Degree with MSc Finance and Investment (London, UK)
  • Dual Degree with MSc International Marketing (Edinburgh, Scotland UK)
  • Dual Degree MSc in International Marketing with Tourism & Events (Edinburgh, Scotland UK)
  • Dual Degree Msc in International Marketing (Moscow, Russia)
  • Dual Degree PGD (United-States)

Business Game

The 5th year Business Game, #Negoc'IPAG, consists of a commercial negotiation based on cases submitted by 4 to 6 partner companies.

Students have 2.5 hours to prepare their arguments, which they then present to a jury of seasoned professionals.

Recent editions have brought together companies such as CBRE, Altran, and IZI by EDF, which have had the opportunity to get a fresh look at their problems and to identify future high-potential graduates. 

Master Thesis

The Thesis is a connection between the academic and professional dimensions since it shares a theme related to the student's future professional life.

Students choose their subject in the first semester, from a list drawn up by their thesis advisor, who then guides them through each stage of the writing process : the constitution of the corpus, the definition of the plan, development of the empirical study, etc.

A pre-defense, in May, allows them to adjust the final work to be handed in (between 60 and 80 pages), before the defense before a jury, which takes place in June or September.

the world

IPAG places international experiences at the heart of its pedagogy

A third year entirely spent abroad

The third year of your course is entirely, or mostly, spent abroad. You can choose to stay on the campus of one of our 116 partner universities, do an internship abroad or volunteer work... You choose to live the international experiences that suit you.

Study up to three languages

English, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese... To operate in a cross-cultural and international environment, an advanced level of language skills is essential. The Grande École Programme allows you to study up to three modern languages during your studies. Particular emphasis is placed on English: nearly 30% of our management courses are taught by native English speakers.

International tracks

Other options; the international tracks, that you can join in the 1st year, enable to develop your expertise geographically or culturally: China, Brazil, Hispanic or Germany. These options offer the opportunity to learn the language of the country while familiarising yourself with its history, culture and the economic challenges it faces.

Obtain a dual degree

In the 5th year, you have the opportunity to get a double degree, i.e. to graduate from a foreign university at the same time as the IPAG Grande École Programme. To do this, and whatever your major, you will spend one semester on the campus of one of our partner universities during your final year:
Msc in Business Management - City University of New-York, Msc in International Marketing - Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Msc in Finance & Investment - University of Greenwich, Msc in International Business & Enterprise - University of South Wales, Msc in International Marketing - Edinburgh Napier University, Msc in International Marketing with Tourism & Events - Edinburgh Napier University - University of California Riverside

Nous vous partageons la liste regroupant tous nos partenaires qui sont disponibles pour les étudiants en mobilité.  La liste regroupe échanges, diplômes et certificats.

  • Asia :  SolBridge Business School ST Korea
  • North America:  Boston University Met college
  • South Ameica : Tec de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Oceania : Curtin University, Australia
  • Europe : Nottingham trent university, UK

Retrouvez le nombre d'universités partenaires par continent ci-dessous

and work-study

The Grande École Programme is also a professional programme that allows students to acquire up to 34 months of work experience.

Internships every year

In the 1st year
8 to 9 weeks of internship in sales
In the 2nd year
8 to 12 weeks internship in a start-up
In the 3rd year
Up to 12 months of internship abroad
In the 4th year
4 to 6 months of specialisation internship
In the 5th year
4 to 6 months of internship at the end of studies

Career Center

No matter whether you are looking for an internship, a work-study programme, a job or simply for advice, our Career Center is there to help you. Throughout your studies, you will benefit from its many services: interview preparation, resume proofreading, recruitment forums, speaking workshops, image coaching, management of professional social networks, etc.

The possibility of doing the master’s cycle in apprenticeship

A remunerated work contract, tuition fees paid by the host company, longer professional experience before the end of your studies: work-study programmes have many advantages. It is a choice you can make for the master's cycle, regardless of your major and your campus.

Career opportunities

by specialisation


  • Product Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • Head of e-marketing/e-business
  • Director of direct marketing/trade marketing/merchandising
  • Research Fellow
  • Sales Engineer
  • Key Account Manager
  • Sales Administrator

Finance, Audit & Control

  • Financial analyst
  • Property manager
  • Financial controller
  • Internal / external auditor
  • Financial asset manager
  • Risk manager
  • Mergers & acquisitions advisor
  • Wealth management consultant...

International Business & Supply Chain

  • Account manager
  • Credit manager
  • Procurement manager, Logistics manager
  • Transport manager
  • IT system manager...

International Management

  • International account manager
  • Import-export manager
  • International buyer
  • Head of International Locations

Human Resources Management

  • HR Manager
  • Payroll Manager
  • Training Coordinator
  • Head of Internal Communications
  • Recruitment manager in a firm or company
  • Head of Mobility...


  • Operations Manager
  • Business founder or buyer
  • Intrapreneur
  • Project Manager
  • Consultant in business creation
  • Business developer
  • Growth Manager

Professional insertion of Grande École Programme students

2018 Labour Force Survey


●    Industry: 25%
●    Finance, accounting, audit: 20%
●    Information service and communication: 14%
●    Studies, consulting, expertise, research: 12%
●    Trade: 9%
●    Transport (services): 5%
●    Energy: 4%
●    Accomodation and catering: 2%
●    Human Resources: 2%
●    Others: 7%

Fees and

Tuition fees

1st year entry:

  • €9 900 per year, in case of payment in full (excluding dual degree fees)
  • €10 100 per year, in case of instalments (excluding dual degree fees)

3rd & 4th year entry:

  • €9 100 per year, in case of payment in full (excluding dual degree fees)
  • €9 300 per year, in case of instalments (excluding dual degree fees)

Work-study programmes to fund your studies

During the master's cycle, postgraduate, you have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship. With this option, you can finance part of your studies while benefiting from a salary and employee status.

IPAG Scholarships

Excellence Scholarship

50% off tuition fees for the first year is granted:

  • to all students who have passed the baccalaureate with highest honors
  • to students on state scholarships who have passed the baccalaureate with honors

Merit Scholarship

In the form of lower tuition fees, the best students in each class are rewarded each year for their excellent results to the tune of:

  • €1500 for the Valedictorian (1st best)
  • €1000 for the Salutatorian (2nd best)
  • €500 for the 3rd best of their class


Family Scholarship

A 25% discount on annual tuition fees is granted to students who have a sibling enrolled at IPAG in the Grande École programme or any other programme.

Alumni Scholarship

A 10% discount on tuition fees is given to all children of our graduates, regardless of the programme.

CROUS Scholarships

If you are younger than 28 years old, you can benefit from a state scholarship under certain conditions. The scholarship amount is based on family income, according to a scale established each year by the Ministry of Education. These grants can be cumulated with those from IPAG.


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