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Introduction to MSBA at ESSEC

Embark on a transformative journey in the dynamic field of business analytics with the Master in Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program at ESSEC. Our MSBA program is meticulously designed to equip students with cutting-edge analytical skills, preparing them to thrive in today’s data-driven business landscape. 

ESSEC, a globally renowned business school, brings a unique blend of academic excellence and industry relevance to the program. Students in the MSBA program engage in a comprehensive curriculum that covers data analysis, machine learning, and business strategy. 

The program fosters a collaborative learning environment where students work on real-world projects, gaining hands-on experience and building a robust foundation for a successful career in business analytics. With a commitment to innovation and a global perspective, MSBA at ESSEC opens doors to a world of opportunities in the rapidly evolving field of data science.

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What is a good GMAT score for ESSEC MSBA?

Short Answer – In sum, the average GMAT score at Essec MSBA is consistently around 690. If you score above 690, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – Additionally, there is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, all in all, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like MIT SLOAN and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you are applying with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the overrepresented Indian or Asian Pool?”

In fact, the over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high, increasing the overall competition. All in all, in the final analysis, we recommend you shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 

Why Study MSBA at ESSEC?



Choosing to pursue your Master in Science in Business Analytics at ESSEC offers a distinct advantage in shaping your career trajectory. ESSEC’s MSBA program stands out for its emphasis on practical application and a holistic understanding of business analytics.

 The faculty comprises experts at the forefront of data science, ensuring that students receive the latest insights and skills demanded by the industry. ESSEC’s strong ties with leading corporations provide students with networking opportunities and access to internships, enhancing their employability. 

The program’s international focus also enables students to develop a global perspective, preparing them for the diverse challenges of the modern business world. If you aspire to be a data-driven decision-maker and seek a program that combines academic rigor with real-world relevance, MSBA at ESSEC is the ideal choice for your professional growth.

Program Costs + Living Expenses : MSBA at ESSEC

€ 49,450

Tuition Fee

€ 24,000

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The Tuition fee for ESSEC MSBA is €25,725 per year and an additional  € 24,000 is required to pay off the living costs. 

In general, the ESSEC Business Analytics course provides a wide range of learning opportunities out of the fees taken. You will be actively engaging and improving your experience through this course.

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Eligibility Criteria for MSBA at ESSEC

A 3-year Bachelor Degree or a Licence 3You will complete the
program in 2 years (M1+M2)
A 4-year Bachelor Degree or a Master DegreeYou will complete the
program in 1 year (M2)
If the commission board finds that your background is strong but not complete enough in some required aspects, we may ask you to complete the program in 2 years (M1+M2) instead in order to build up your strengths and ensure your success.

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Scholarships Available : MSBA at ESSEC

Pursuing higher education at ESSEC is not only about academic excellence but also about fostering a diverse and talented community. ESSEC offers a range of scholarships to support deserving students on their educational journey. Explore ESSEC Scholarships to discover financial aid options that align with your goals. Some notable scholarships include:

  • ESSEC Excellence Scholarship: A merit-based scholarship for outstanding students.
  • ESSEC Foundation Scholarship: Financial support for students demonstrating financial need.
  • ESSEC Future Leaders Scholarship: Recognizing leadership potential and academic achievements.

These scholarships aim to make quality education accessible to a broader spectrum of students, contributing to the vibrant and diverse ESSEC community. Visit the ESSEC Scholarships homepage for detailed information on eligibility criteria, application procedures, and deadlines.

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Courses Offered

Examples of courses include:

  • Big Data Algorithms, Techniques and Platforms
  • Machine Learning
  • Advanced Deep Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Network Science Analytics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Distributed Optimization and Computing


Recommendations letters are very important for Essec MSBA admission. The admissions committee is used to looking at these and the ones that make the difference outline concrete examples of how the student lives up to the praise/recommendations given. You should therefore select references who know you best and have experience working with you either academically or professionally. It is much better to have a reference from someone who knows you than from someone you have selected due to their position.

The Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics does not require a certain French level. We do however strongly recommend you try and learn French when you are here. As you live in France and many of your fellow students and friends will be French-speaking, acquiring the language does help you during your time at ESSEC and in France. Moreover, if you are not French-speaking and want to remain in France for your internship or job in the future, learning French is fundamental.

Every Essec MSBA application is thoroughly reviewed by the admissions board which is comprised of both academic and professional staff, with consideration given to all elements including hard and soft skills. Hence, you should be keen on improving all kinds of skills.

Over 100 cultural, professional, community and athletic student associations exist at ESSEC. ESSEC is open to new ideas for clubs if the existing groups do not fit your needs or interests. You can, therefore, engage with existing clubs to make your own club.

Employment Prospects : MSBA at ESSEC


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The average salary at ESSEC Business Analytics for the last graduating class was approximately 62,625 Euros. In this case, around 81% of the class was employed within 3 months of graduation with the majority of the class going into consulting (15%), Finance (21%) and technology (56%) oriented functional roles. 

With approximately 56% of hiring made in the Technology sector, ESSEC Business Analytics is a good program for all tech-savvy individuals in other words. 

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