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International Business & Responsible Purchasing 5th year Major

The International Business & Responsible Purchasing Major is open to students in their 5th year of the Programme Grande Ecole at IPAG Business School who studied the Master’s in Supply Chain Management & Business Development. It focuses on international purchasing with a focus on ethical and sustainable purchasing.

5 year degree
Programme structure
Full time


The International Business & Responsible Purchasing Major is taught within the context of growing concern for ethical purchasing. Students will learn to work with QSE (quality, security, environment) standards. All aspects of international business, purchasing strategy, finance and risk management will be taught.


How to Apply

Students can enter IPAG’s 5th year majors after completion of the 4th year of IPAG’s Programme Grande Ecole.

To enroll in IPAG’s Programme Grande Ecole, candidates who do not hold a French degree need to complete an online application in English. Please visit the dedicated page.

Candidates who hold a French degree may enter Programme Grande Ecole directly in year 3 or 4 via the entrance exam Ambitions +.



Course Structure

The International Business & Responsible Purchasing Major includes:

  • Individual career coaching
  • An internship (min. 16 weeks)
  • An official French Foreign Trade Advisor certificate (Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur de la France)
  • Gain expert insight thanks to IPAG’s collaboration with the French purchaser’s association (CDAF).


Career Prospects

  • Purchaser
  • Supply manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Sourcing manager
  • Public procurement manager
  • Product purchase manager
  • Export manager
  • Export coordination
  • Export zone manager
  • International negotiator