Montpellier Business School

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Montpellier Business School
École Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier
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MottoMaking a difference
PresidentAndré Deljarry
DeanBruno Ducasse
Administrative staff

Montpellier Business School is a French business school located in Montpellier. Founded in 1897 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier, the Grande école is one of the oldest of the French Écoles Supérieures de Commerce.

Montpellier Business School offers several programmes: Bachelor, Master (programme Grande Ecole), 15 Masters of Science, and Executive MBA; the business school is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EPAS.

Identity and status[edit]

Montpellier Business School, established in 1897, is one of the oldest management schools in Europe.

Founded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier, Montpellier Business School was initially created to train economic managers who would help in developing activities and businesses in its region.

Montpellier Business School has received, in 2017, the qualification of Private Higher Education Institution of General Interest (EESPIG); this label issued by the French State ensures that all its resources are exclusively assigned to the public service mission of higher education.

Montpellier Business School is an association under the law of 1901 since 2013.

The Governance of the Association brings together the many Major Partners, grouped within the Advisory Board, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hérault, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Occitanie region, the Regional Council of Occitanie, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, the Alumni Association as well as representatives of universities and other higher education and research institutions and qualified personalities.


1897 Creation of the ESC Montpellier by the Chamber of Commerce of Montpellier (CCI Montpellier).

1899 Creation of the Alumni Association.

1915 First business school to admit young women in its classes.

1917 A woman graduated top of her class.

1993 Admittance in the prestigious Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.

1994 Launch of the Executive MBA program.

1997 Opening of the apprenticeship for students in the Master programme.

2000 Creation of the Bachelor of International Business Administration.

2002 Recognition of the Bachelor programme by the French State.

2003 Creation of the research centre ICORE (International Center for Research and Education).

2004 Incorporation of E-learning and blended-learning into the programmes.

2007 Creation of the MBS Foundation for Equal Opportunities, under the aegis of the Fondation de France.

2009 Montpellier Business School is the first higher education institution to be accredited with the Diversity Label awarded by AFNOR.

2010 EFMD – EPAS accreditation of the Grande Ecole Programme.

2011 AACSB accreditation for all academic activities of the Group. Creation of the MRM (Montpellier Research in Management), the 1st research centre in management science of the south of France, with the universities of Montpellier I, II, III; the MRM brings together more than 100 PhD teachers-researchers in management science and nearly 100 PhD students. Launch of BADGE® Executive Education programmes, accredited by the CGE.

2012 AMBA Accreditation of the Executive MBA programme.

2013 Creation of Montpellier Business School DAKAR. Creation of the Spring School and Business Summer School programmes. Creation of a Centre for E-learning to support apprentices and employees in their online knowledge acquisition.

2016 Renewal of the EPAS accreditation for another five years (Full Accreditation). Renewal of the AACSB Accreditation for another five years (Full Accreditation). Launch of the first 4 Masters of Science.

2017 Montpellier Business School receives from the French State the qualification of Private Higher Education Institution of General Interest (EESPIG), which attests of the absolute non-profit making nature of its activities. Montpellier is the is the 1st higher education institution to obtain the Professional Gender Equality Certification (Label Egalité professionnelle entre les femmes et les hommes)..


Montpellier Business School is furthering a dynamic research policy which has resulted in a constant effort to recruit the best researchers at national and international level.

This can be seen through the number of publications in peer-reviewed journals referenced in the National Center for Scientific Research list (~800 titles). Our teacher-researchers have published in peer-reviewed journals such as (but not limited to):

Journal of Banking and Finance; Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control; Human Resource Management; Nature; Science; Management Science; European Journal of Operational Research; Review of Finance; Journal of Comparative Economics; Economic Theory; Human Relations; Journal of Management Studies, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

The research activities cover all traditional areas of management research. Research activities are based on the work of permanent teacher-researchers, who are themselves affiliated to the MRM laboratory (Montpellier Recherche en Management “Montpellier Research in Management”). Montpellier Business School’s teacher-researchers are also part of the LabEx Entreprendre. This LabEx is the only laboratory which is specialised on this topic in France, within the framework of the call for projects of the “Investments for the Future”.

The researchers play an important role in editorial activities and in the organisation of annual conferences such as the Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER) and the International Finance Conference (IFC). In November 2017, Montpellier Business School has also organised its first International Conference on Energy, Finance and the Macroeconomics “Conférence Internationale sur l’Energie, la Finance et la Macroéconomie” (ICEFM).


Montpellier Business School, member of the Conférence of Grandes Ecoles and holder of the three prestigious accreditations AACSB, EFMD-EPAS and AMBA, develops a full array of management training programmes: Bachelor of International Business Administration (high school diploma +3 years of higher education), Grande Ecole Programme (high school diploma +5 years of higher education), International Masters (Masters of Science, high school diploma +5 years of higher education), Executive MBA.

These training programmes of excellence are accessible to talents from all over the world through several national or international admission assessments.

Bachelor of International Business Administration (high school diploma +3 years of higher education)

Programme Grande Ecole (high school diploma +5 years of higher education)

Masters of Science (high school diploma +5 years of higher education)

Executive MBA (high school diploma +5 years of higher education)

Every year, Montpellier Business School also offers a Spring & Summer School.


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Coordinates: 43°37′17″N 3°50′01″E / 43.62139°N 3.83361°E / 43.62139; 3.83361