Accreditations & Memberships

Accreditations and certifications


L’ESSCA décroche l’accréditation internationale AACSBESSCA was awarded accreditation by AACSB International (, the US-based global leader for higher business education in May 2014. Only 5% of business schools worldwide are granted the AACSB label. This prestigious accreditation is awarded after an in-depth assessment of an institution’s performance against a set of demanding quality standards, among which the academic excellence of its faculty, the quality of design and delivery of its programmes, as well as the coherence and sustainability of its strategy.


Accréditation EQUIS - ESSCA

The EQUIS accreditation, which ESSCA obtained in June 2016, is awarded by EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), Europe’s premium accreditation body.
Institutions that are awarded the EQUIS label must demonstrate high standards of quality and internationalisation in all dimensions of their activity.
EQUIS rewards high-quality in both teaching and research, founded on close links with the corporate world. The standards lay great emphasis on the creation of a stimulating learning environment that favours the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills, but also attitudes of global responsibility. Particular attention is given to the capacity for innovation, especially with regard to programme design and delivery.

 The Master in Management Degree

ESSCA has repeatedly been granted the right to deliver a Master’s degree by the French ministry of higher education and research, in accordance with the standards of the “Licence-Master-Doctorate” scheme established across Europe by the Bologna agreement. The ministry thus attests to the high level of professional expertise provided by the ESSCA 5-year management programme and to the degree’s high reputation on the national level.


logo EPAS
The EPAS certification is awarded by the EFMD, the largest awarding body in Europe. It certifies that a programme has met a set of very demanding requirements in terms of international standards. ESSCA is the first post-secondary business school with EPAS certification for the standard of excellence demonstrated by its Master’s programme.

Other degrees

The Bachelor in International Management is recognised BAC + 3 by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research

All of our MSc. Programmes are also recognised by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research


ESSCA is a member of the following bodies:


The EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), logo EFMD the largest awarding body in Europe awards EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvment System) certifications which distinguish programmes demonstrating a high level of excellence.


Logo AACSB InternationalThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is an American organisation which aims to promote excellence and continuous improvement among management-related higher education programmes worldwide. For these purposes, it reviews the methods and means used and the programmes offered by establishments that wish to apply for accreditation.


logo CEEMANCEEMAN (The International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies) was created in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall by a group of pioneers of higher business education in Central and Eastern Europe. Since then this association, based in Slovenia, has become a vibrant network and forum of exchange that reaches out far beyond Europe with over 210 member institutions worldwide. CEEMAN also awards the IQA accreditation label. In September 2014 ESSCA hosted the 22nd CEEMAN annual conference in Budapest.


logo EAIE European Association for Intenational Education

Founded in 1989, the European Association for International Education is the acknowledged European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. As a non-profit, member-led organisation, it aims at serving individuals actively involved in the internationalisation of their institutions through a combination of training, conferences and knowledge acquisition and sharing.

Conference des Grandes Ecoles

Logo Conférence des Grandes Écoles This association comprises only the best engineering and business schools. Grande Ecole certification is awarded following a rigorous auditing process. ESSCA was the first French Business school offering a 5-year, state-accredited Master degree (“grade de master”) to be admitted to the “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles”.


logo FESICThe Federation of Collective Interest Higher Education Institutions gathers 25 French grandes écoles in engineering and management in human and social sciences. Its aim is to pool experiences and practices, promote all of the schools and act as their representative to the public authorities. FESIC members have common educational requirements, namely academic excellence, the internationalisation of courses, research development, cooperation with businesses and the various players in the higher education sector and human and social training for all students.


logo ACEESSCA’s activities in Europe and China continue to develop with its participation in the creation of the Alliance of European and Chinese Business Schools (ACE) as a founding member. Under the patronage of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), ACE is a strategic alliance of 20 leading Business Schools in Europe (10 members) and Greater China (10 in Mainland China, Hong Kong Macau and Taiwan). The ACE network will be an important platform to collaborate on student and faculty exchange, executive education, joint research and corporate projects among others.


logo UCO - Université Catholique de l'OuestESSCA is an associate member  of  Université Catholique de l’Ouest



logo Université Bretagne LoireESSCA is a member of ComUE Université Bretagne Loire


logo Financial Time Master in Management Ranking 2015ESSCA entered the prestigious Financial Times Master in Management Ranking in 2015