Founded in 1897, the ESC Montpellier is one of the oldest Écoles Supérieures de Commerce in France and one of the oldest management schools in Europe. It has been accredited by three bodies – the AACSB, AMBA and EFMD-EPAS – and hosts an average of 150 international students from 37 different countries. It also offers access to a highly exclusive alumni network in France. The school is regularly listed at top positions in national and international rankings.

  • 46th Master in Management in the world, Financial Times ranking (September 2016)
  • 14th in the SIGEM rankings of the “Concours Master,” Grande École Master Programme, (+ 5 places between 2011 and 2016).
  • 12th Management School in France; Master Programme in the national ranking established by Le Point, Le Parisien

Degree programme

The degree programme comprises 4 semesters. Students spend the first two semesters (Master 1, Bac +4, respectively) at their home institution and the last two semesters (Master 2, Bac +5, respectively) at the host institution.

During their stay at the host institution, students remain enrolled at their home institution. Both institutions recognize the course credit earned according to the double degree programme mutually and equivalently. At the University of Bamberg, course credit and credit recognition are governed by the examination regulations for the master’s degree programme in business administration and management. Course credit and credit recognition at the ESC Montpellier are regulated by the ESC’s examination regulations. To a large extent, students can define the course of study themselves by their choice of certain areas of focus. Students initially admitted in Bamberg may choose from all areas of focus that are part of the master’s degree programme in business administration and management.

Application and Language Proficiency

During the application for winter term the double degree application is included in the regular application process for the Master in Business Administration. The application for the double degree requires the following additional documents / proofs:

  • Statement of motivation in English or German
  • French at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of References for Languages
  • English by means of the TOEFL test (online) with a minimum score of 60 points or the IELTS test with at least 6 points

Additionally, a TOEIC score of 790 is required to validate a Master degree at Montpellier Business School.

>>>Information about languge courses at the language center of the University of Bamberg

>>>Further Information about the dual degree application and deadlines

>>>General information about the application process

The international office organizes the registration for the second year at the Montpellier Business School as well as the application for an Erasmus grant in the first semester. Students receive further information in the introduction session at the faculty.

Obtaining the academic degrees

On completion of the double degree programme, the ESC Montpellier awards the academic degree

  • Diplôme d’École Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier/Master in Management

and the University of Bamberg awards the academic degree

  • Master of Science in business administration and management

The programme details mainly depend on whether the student starts the programme in Bamberg or in Montpellier. The following overview is designed for planning and orientation, while the individual programme details result from the individual recognition agreement students reach with the programme coordinators at both universities based on the current versions of the studying and examination rules for the underlying degree programmes. The courses currently offered in Bamberg are defined by the current version of theModule Handbook(in German only).

In Bamberg, students can choose the Master in Business Administration. In Montpellier, they can choose between the following Majors:

  • Major in Finance
  • Major in Marketing
  • Major in Digital Transformation
  • Major in Business Excellence
  • Major in International Business

In Bamberg, the modules are allocated to the module groups as follows:

 Starting in Bamberg
Module group1st year in Bamberg2nd year in Montpellier
Specialisation Business Administration 118 
Specialisation Business Administration 218 
General Management 36
Research18 
Business Language6 
Master Thesis 24
Total ECTS120

In detail, the course credits for students matriculated in the Master in Business Administration in Bamberg are allocated as follows:

 1. year in Bamberg2. year in Montpellier
Module group General Management
TU 1 Academic Knowledge 17
Depending on the track chosen by the student in Montpellier, one of the following:
TU3 Special topics in business & strategy 19
TU3 Special topics in finance 19
TU3 Special topics in marketing 19
TU3 Special topics in management 19
 36
Module group Specialisation I and II
Two specialisation modules following the current offer in Bamberg36 
 36
Module group Business Languages 
One Business Language module from the current offer following the MHB in Bamberg.6 
 6
Module group Research
Free choice of modules offered in the module groupe Research following the current version of the MHB in Bamberg.18 
 18
Master Thesis
TU2 Applied and scientific approach 13
Professional experience PGE3 5
Depending on the track chosen by the student in Montpellier, one of the following:
Research methods in business & strategy 2
Research methods in finance 2
Research methods in marketing 2
Research methods in management 2
Master Thesis 4
 24

The current verion of the Module Handbook (MHB) of the M. Sc. in Business Administration can be found here (German only).