• January
  • September


  • Full time

Graduation diploma

  • 5-year MBA degree

Teaching languages

  • English English
  • French French


IPAG's specialised MBA is an international degree in Business Administration (Master of Business Administration). It is intended for 3-year or 4-year degree holders.

Along students of all nationalities, you learn to manage teams and pilot projects ethically in a business environment increasingly impacted by digital and new technologies.

6 specialisations are offered:

1 in French: Project Management.
4 in English: Digital Transformation and Innovation Management, Energy and Sustainability Management, International Business Development and Finance and Investments.

From September 2021, at the end of the course, students obtain a 5-year degree and are eligible for "Manager of Organisations" Level 7 RNCP title issued by ECEMA ASSOCIATION by Order of July 7, 2017 registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP) under the RNCP code 15053.



 Subject to obtaining a 3-year degree
 In addition for non-French speakers: B2 level at TCF or DELF in French.
 In addition for non-English speakers: TOEFL IBT (internet-based test: 80) or TOEFL PBT (paper-based test: 550) or TOEIC (780) or IELTS: 6.0 or Cambridge (FCE)

Elements of the application file
 A copy of your CECR, TOEFL and IELTS diplomas and supporting documents, if applicable.
 Curriculum vitæ (CV)
Proof of English or French level, depending on the specialisation
Last three transcripts
Diploma or attestation of schooling
ID copy
 Cover letter

The stages of the admission process
 Evaluation of the application file
 Motivational interview - in English or French depending on the selected major

  • Description

  • Programme

  • Career

  • Fees and funding



Project ManagementThis specialisation enables the student to gain an overall overview over all operations related to a project and its management. It most often leads to positions as change manager or project manager.

Digital Transformation & Innovation ManagementThis specialisation will give an expertise in the digital transformation of the value chain and the generation of new business models. It enables graduates to supervise the implementation of a global digital strategy, as a consultant or Chief Digital Officer.

Energy & Sustainability ManagementThis MBA provides real expertise in CSR, from Closed Loop Supply Chain processes to the legal constraints related to these changes. It mainly leads to positions as consultant or CSR manager within a company.

International Business DevelopmentThis MBA offers a strong competency in international trade: development of new markets, supply chain management, trade negotiation etc. It leads to positions as international business developer or development consultant.

Finance & InvestmentsThis course provides training in advanced quantitative methods of asset management and investment, the use of artificial intelligence in risk management and the challenge of sustainability in corporate finance. It leads to positions as corporate finance manager or risk and asset manager.


  • Full time

Phase 1: Learning the fundamentals of management (6 months)

This first phase allows you to acquire the fundamentals in order to continue the programme in its specialisation phase. In addition to comprehensive theoretical lessons, it includes an important practical dimension.

Phase 2: Applied management, specialisation and professional immersion (12 months)

The specialisation phase is itself divided into two parts:

  • 6 months at school, which include core subjects and courses related to the chosen specialisation
  • 6 months of internship and the realisation of a project for a company, halfway between consulting and research work, in the same spirit as the Capstone projects very widespread in Anglo-Saxon academic circles

In Short


MBA 5-year degree level RNCP certified


  • Subject to obtaining a 3-year degree
  • For non-French speakers: B2 level in French.
  • For non-English speakers: TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge

Teaching languages

In French or English depending on your choice of specialisation


18 months



Work Experience

  • 6-month internship
  • Several corporate visits and networking opportunities


  • 5 choice of specialisation taught 100% in English
  • The possibility of doing a 6-month internship abroad

Tuition fees

€16 000

MBA in Paris: Improve your skills with our 5-year MBAs To find out more

MBA: Description and principles

The MBA, Master of Business Administration is an Anglo-Saxon degree, created to train high-potential executives, enabling them to acquire managerial skills and a global vision of the company. This training is intended for students as well as for profiles already justifying several years of professional experience.

This prestigious diploma is considered a real professional springboard and is particularly prized and is growing rapidly in France. There are several thousands of them worldwide, some generalists and others more specialized. Don't hesitate to compare them and consult the ranking of the different MBAs to make your choice.


Specifications of the Master of Business Administration

The MBA is designed to be a generalist but firmly practice-oriented degree, which is mainly addressed to technicians, from very different professional backgrounds, who want to take up managerial or even executive positions in a business. It thus aims to develop managerial skills for technical profiles who want to progress in their professional career.

Lectures are becoming rarer and give way to case studies and company projects, with the goal of exchanging as much knowledge as possible between participants. The work is also done in groups, so that students develop certain essential skills, such as diplomatic skills.

It is also an internationally oriented training: a large part of the courses is given in English, and a class often welcomes many international students. 

It should be noted that the MBA is a diploma that generally targets profiles who already have experience in the professional world (at least 3 years), and who would be willing to acquire a double expertise. Nevertheless, MBA admissions are often open to students with 4 or 5 years of higher education without experience.


What is the distinction between an MBA and a Master's degree?

The Master's degree can be completed in two years (M2). It is a 4-year / 5-year degree, normally awarded by universities, but some Grande Ecole programs (such as the IPAG Grande Ecole Program) can also be awarded the Master's degree.

The cost varies depending on whether it is taken at a university or at a private school, such as a business school.

The French "Conférence des Grandes Ecoles" accredits certain school courses as Specialized Masters (MS) or Master of Science (MSc). These degrees allow students with five years of higher education or four years of higher education with professional experience to acquire a specialization or a double qualification.

The disparities between these diplomas are slight, as their objective is more or less the same: to help students adapt to the realities of the company and provide them with the necessary skills to be immediately operational. Nevertheless, the MBA aims to specifically train future managers who wish to boost their careers, whereas the Masters are more technical courses.

The main difference between a master's degree and an MBA is its cost. In fact, a master's degree in a university implies minimal tuition fees compared to an MBA.

The target audience for these courses is also different: an MBA is more aimed at working people who want to enhance their skills or even give their professional career a new direction, while admission to a master's degree is open to graduates with a bachelor's degree. 

We can also mention the importance of English in the teaching of a Master of Business Administration compared to that of a Master's degree.

Lastly, the organisation of courses is more flexible in an MBA, since it can be completed in one or two years, in a classroom or continuing education program... while the Master's follows the European LMD system: a Master's degree is obtained by validating two semesters, thanks to ECTS credits.


How can I finance my MBA?

MBAs are known to be very expensive. Their costs can amount to several tens of thousands of euros in the major schools. There are several ways to fund MBAs :

  • First of all, the loan, as the MBA is considered a profitable investment in the long term. When the graduate is reintegrated into the job market, he or she will obviously be entitled to a higher wage.
  • Some MBAs can be done on a work-study basis, with a professionalization contract. In this case, the program is financed by the company which hosts the work-study student.
  • And finally, employees can have this training financed thanks to the Professional Transition Project also known as CPF, a system in force since 2019. Employees with a certain seniority can take a certified training course that is eligible for the Personal Training Account: their employment contract is then suspended and at the end of the training, they can return to their position.
  • At last, the employee can possibly count on his company's training budget to start a part-time MBA or an Executive MBA.

Why an MBA?


There are many reasons to do an MBA. First and foremost, you need to ask yourself about your professional ambitions because an MBA is a real commitment in terms of time and money.

For technical people (lawyers, engineers), an MBA is an opportunity to acquire a highly prized double skill, and then to progress in the company.

One of the main objectives of an MBA is to learn how to manage. Through this training, the student acquires a cross-functional vision of the company and the skills that are essential to management functions. You learn how to work in a team, make decisions quickly, be diplomatic... By joining this program, you will also add an international dimension to your CV, thanks to the courses given in English and the great cultural diversity found in the promotions.

Naturally, displaying an MBA on your resume is highly valued, especially in terms of salary! An MBA graduate could be entitled to an annual salary of between €60,000 and €80,000 gross, depending on the graduate school he or she has joined.

Finally, one of the advantages of an MBA is the network you will have access to.  In fact, you can quickly make very profitable contacts with other participants, lecturers and alumni.  


So which MBA should I choose on our Paris and Nice campuses?

The IPAG Business School MBA programs, offered in Paris and Nice, are taught either in French or in English. Each of these diplomas includes "fundamental" and specialization courses to turn you into an outstanding manager and technician. They all end with an internship at the end of your studies in order to validate your professional experience straight in the field.

Among the MBAs available only on the Paris campus, you can join:

  • The Digital Transformation and Innovation Management MBA: this MBA, taught in English only, allows students to understand the impacts of the digitalization of the economy and to acquire skills in web marketing, digital communication and project management.
  • The Energy & Sustainable Development Management MBA, a 100% English-speaking degree devoted to students wishing to work in the energy industry, in its international, sustainable, financial and managerial dimensions.
  • The Luxury Experience Management MBA: also, fully taught in English, this MBA enables students to master the professional skills and techniques specific to the luxury industry, with a focus on digital, e-commerce and retail.
  • - The International Business Development MBA, 100% in English, is designed for managers wishing to work in an international environment and in companies opening up to foreign markets. They will acquire all the necessary skills to understand international business.
  • The MBA in Finance and Investment, which is intended for managers wishing to succeed in the world of finance by acquiring skills in crisis management, investment management and financial techniques.
  • The MBA in Fashion Management, which is a degree addressed to (future) professionals wishing to reach management positions in the worlds of fashion, beauty or the arts.
  • The MBA in Real Estate Development, a diploma that gives a complete vision of the real estate development value chain and the impact of sustainable construction.
  • The Project Management MBA, which aims to develop agile project and team leaders, through the organization of planning, logistics and personnel management.

In Nice, the IPAG can offer you two 100% English-speaking MBAs:

  • The MBA in Artificial Intelligence and Human Resource Management, is a new IPAG program which is designed for managers wishing to grasp all the subtleties of Human Resources Management in an international perspective, with an innovative approach to artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to this sector.
  • The MBA in International Hospitality Management: a course dedicated to professionals who wish to take on managerial functions in the tourism and hospitality industries.

What to do after an MBA?

After completing an MBA, it's time to apply your newly acquired skills, be it by returning to your original company, to a management position, or by starting out on the job market again. By including the MBA on your resume, many opportunities and jobs will open up to you and you will obviously be able to qualify for a higher remuneration.

Some MBA graduates, now mastering the basics of business management, do not hesitate to launch themselves into the entrepreneurial path.

To sum up, now is the time to make your professional project a reality!

Phase 1 (6 months)

Fundamentals of Management

Upgrade modules

  • Cost accounting
  • Financial analysis
  • Organisational design
  • Digital marketing
  • Operations management
  • Intercultural management


Business Game

A Week-end Challenge to work on a business issue

Workshops & Seminars

  • Personal development workshops to improve your leadership
  • Conferences and regular meetings with professionals

Phase 2 (12 months)

Applied management, specialisation & work experience

Core modules

  • Strategic management
  • Finance for managers
  • Supply chain management
  • Leadership
  • CSR

Projects & Business Games

  • Personal development workshops to improve your leadership
  • A Week-end Challenge to work on a business issue
  • Conferences and regular meetings with professionals
  • A individual project like Capstone project
  • Semester 1

    Applied Management Courses + Specialisations

  • Semester 2

    A 6-month internship, in France or abroad

MBA Specialisations in English

  • MBA in Digital Transformation & Innovation Management
  • MBA in Energy & Sustainability Management
  • MBA in Luxury Brand Management
  • MBA in International Business Development
  • MBA in Finance & Investments

MBA Specialisations in French

  • MBA in Project Management


A 6-month internship, in France or abroad

A Career Centre to support you

Whether you are looking for an internship, a job or more simply for advice, our Career Centre is there to help you. Throughout your course, you benefit from its many services: preparation for interviews, proofreading of CVs, recruitment forums, speaking workshops, control of one's image, management of professional social networks, etc.

Fees and

Tuition fees

€16 000


Alumni Scholarship

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

Family Scholarship

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