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Master of Science: the international advantage

Courses in English, top-of-the-range services, multicultural atmosphere: the MSc (Master of Science or Master of Science) is primarily intended for foreign students. But it also welcomes the French wanting to emigrate.

The latest of the labels of the CGE (Conference of Grandes Ecoles), the MSc (Masters in Science) has an international vocation. Aimed primarily at foreign students wishing to complete their training in a French Grande Ecole (60% of the workforce), it also hosts students from France who are aiming for rapid expatriation. On condition, however, of holding a bac+4 level diploma (or bac+3 by way of derogation) and of mastering English.

In effect, “50% of the courses must be taught in foreign languages”, says Christophe Digne, president of the CGE’s accreditation commission. A rate that reaches 100% in 78% of training courses.

Among the 103 MSc accredited by the CGE, 84 are offered in management schools, yet less numerous than the engineering schools within the authority (155 against 38). “By recruiting non-French-speaking students, MScs participate in the internationalization of campuses, which is also important for the experience of interculturality experienced by all, including French students following other courses”, observes Christophe Digne.

More than 80 nationalities

By integrating an MSc, prepare to dive into a multicultural bath. PMore than 80 nationalities were represented pamong the 1,900 foreign students at the start of the 2016 academic year.

The most numerous students to come to study in France are, in descending order: Chinese, Indians, Moroccans, Italians, Germans, Americans, Spaniards and Russians. “We make sure that in each promotion there is significant cultural diversity. It’s in the DNA of the school, confides Jean-Philippe Ammeux, director of IÉSEG. Obviously, we don’t have quota by nationality, but our international recruitment policy is organized to achieve this objective.”

And the mix also targets French students. “Each year, we welcome students with various profiles, arriving from Sciences Po, business or engineering schools, law, social sciences…”, explains Hervé Gasiglia, director of MSc at EM Lyon.

Tuition more expensive than in a business school

If the registration fees are between 9,000 and 10,000 € in post-baccalaureate business schools and in post-preparatory courses established in medium-sized towns, they go from simple to double in the most prestigious establishments.

At Neoma, for the year 2017-2018, MSc tuition fees amount to €16,000, at EDHEC between €18,000 and €21,500, at ESCP Europe between €18,500 and €25,500, and at EM Lyon, from €24,000 to €32,000. “The MScs are very ambitious programs. Our establishment gives students the keys to being recruited from among dozens of candidates”, pleads Hervé Gasiglia, who recalls that these schools are not subsidized and employ renowned professors.

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No integration survey yet

Designed to meet a business need, the labeled MScs are supposed to guarantee good integration at the end of the course. And therefore, a quick return on investment, given the high training costs. However, the CGE has never published a survey on the integration of these graduates…

“The integration objective is well verified as part of the label renewal procedure for each MSc. And we aim to publish aggregated figures this year”, assures Christophe Digne, who is also working on the implementation audits, in order to further monitor the quality of training.

Nevertheless, MScs seem to be appreciated by companies when they have been taken in a reputable school. At EDHEC, more than half of graduates in 2016 found a job before completing their training. And, companies recognize the adaptability of these graduates. In certain sectors, such as big data, it is the assurance of finding experienced profiles, who are still too few given the demand.

Towards a 100% labeled offer?

Since 2002, the “Mastère en science”, abbreviated as “MSc”, has been a trademark of the CGE. However, a certain number of business schools offer “Masters of Science” without the CGE label, also presented under the abbreviation “MSc”. This is the case for ESSEC, EDHEC, Neoma… But things are changing. “The decree of October 28, 2016, taken in application of the law relating to the rights of foreigners in France, recognizes the MSc as a quality training allowing foreigners to benefit from residence permits, such as the Talent Passport”, specifies Christophe Digne. Several schools have already contacted the CGE.

When will there be national recognition?

“These MSc programs are highly visible and recognized internationally, the challenge today is to obtain national recognition so that our students can benefit from visas and scholarships”, explains Michelle Sisto, Director of the Grande Ecole Masters and MScs at EDHEC Business School.

Nevertheless, the “non-labelling” does not prevent a very good reputation. EDHEC’s MScs have not suffered from a lack of attractiveness on the part of students and companies. “Our students have excellent career prospects – increasingly international. Nearly 90% of our young graduates hold a position with an international dimension, and more than 40% of them start their careers outside their countries of origin. origin”, explains Michelle Sisto. And, on the side of recruiters, the question of the label of this diploma is non-existent.

A hundred labeled MScs

Nowadays, 103 MSc are accredited, in France, by the CGE in 26 member schools. Their training period varies from eighteen months to three years (for a work-study course), with at least 450 hours of teaching (compared to 350 hours in the Specialized Masters) including theoretical teaching, practical work and group work. . Candidates must hold a bac+4, a Bachelor or a Master 1. “By way of derogation, undergraduate students (bac + 3) can apply for training. It is up to the institution to assess the quality of the candidate’s academic and professional background in relation to the training it offers”, adds Christophe Digne, president of the CGE’s Accreditation Commission. ci is very strict. “We have requirements on the process of recruitment, issuance of diplomas, follow-up of alumni and consistency with market needs, he continues. Accreditations often require back and forth between the commission and the schools.”

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