Program architecture

The 12-month International MBA program has been designed to provide you with all the tools you need to reach your career goals.

Through carefully designed courses, in-depth specializations, hands-on learning and a dedicated careers team, you will work together to develop the skills you need to become a leader in your field.

Discover the program content for the academic year 2022-2023.

Courses elements

 Core courses 

The core courses cover the fundamental topics that you will need to master in order to be a successful manager or entrepreneur in any sector around the world. Working with innovative and experienced professors as well as external company guests and speakers, you will approach each subject from different cultural and professional viewpoints, as well as share experiences from your professional context. Each course has been carefully crafted to provide the competencies that companies are searching for in today's managers.

Think Differently

  • Design Thinking
  • Disruptive Futures
  • Entrepreneurship & New Ventures

Mastering Business Fundamentals

  • Fundamentals of Strategic Management
  • Business Economics
  • Principles of Marketing Management
  • Operations Management

Driving Business Performance

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Performance Measurement

Developing Yourself & Others

  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership Through Behavior & Culture
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategic Change Management

Integrating Perspectives

  • Business 360-degree Project
  • Entrepreneurial Consulting
  • From Strategy to Financial Plans

Reaching Beyond Business

  • Corporate & Social Responsibility
  • CSR Company Challenge
  • International Business Ecosystems & Positive Impact & Evaluation
  • Risk & Crisis Management

Boot camp - Business Strategy Game

During the first week of the program you will be thrown into the deep end and asked to run a company in small teams. You will have the chance to test real business decisions and see how it affects the overall success of a company.

 Learning Trip

Explore alternate business models with the Learning Trips
emlyon business school offers the opportunity for students to discover management styles of other countries and explore contextual factors.
Each destination has specificities and you will never have the same approach or agenda, depending on the country visited.
Previous Learning Trips have been to Brussels, Istanbul, Milano and Finland (Oulu and Helsinki). Company visits and classes at partner universities provide you with an opportunity to explore alternate business models and broaden your view of global business in different cultures.
The learning trip for 2022 will be to xxxx.

Elective specializations

In the second half of the program, we offer a range of electives that you can combine to meet your professional goals. You can choose to take a pre-formed set of electives which form a career specialization, typical of alumni job profiles. Can't find a specialization that represents your career ambitions? Take our list of electives and create your own specialization corresponding to the job profile that you desire! You will be able to choose 8 electives from over 20 options.

Choose one from 8 pre-formed specializations

  • Business Development
  • Business Consulting
  • Finance Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Sales Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Product Management
  • Project Management

Supply Chain Management:

  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Management Science
  • Digital Business Transformation
  • Blockchain & Industry Transformation

Select from 20 electives to create a personalized specialization

  • Accelerating Digital Business Transformation
  • Advanced Project Management
  • AI & Machine Learning Business Impact
  • Big Data Analytics & Business Intelligence
  • Blockchain & Industry Transformation
  • Branding & Media Communication
  • Cracking the Consulting Case
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Digital Marketing & Omnichannel
  • Digital Strategy & New Business Models
  • Effective Public Speaking
  • Financing Strategy & Corporate Control
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • International Strategy
  • Key Account Management
  • Know Yourself
  • Management Sciences
  • Management Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Product & Service Innovation
  • Social Media Marketing & Analytics
  • Strategic Growth & M&A

Entrepreneurial Consulting Project or Venture project

Entrepreneurial Consultancy Project

This project will allow you to choose a topic or company in line with your professional goals, help a company solve a business problem that they are experiencing, and discover the profession of consulting.

The companies and projects selected are carefully decided upon each year to match the needs and interests of the class.

Entrepreneurial Venture Project

If you have developed a business idea during the core courses, then you can choose to focus your energy on building your project into a new venture. The Entrepreneurship Experience electives are designed to support you in this journey with topics such as Branding & Communications, Financial Projections & Business Modeling, and Venture Investment & Planning. You will receive in-depth coaching to give your project the greatest chance of success.

The new venture projects are supported by the emlyon business school Incubator and their dedicated staff.

Short international exchanges

There are a number of international exchange programs offered to the MBA students, allowing you to take management courses that will complement your studies at emlyon business school therefore increasing your value in the job marketplace.

Short exchanges take place during the elective specializations and longer exchanges are an option to extend your program.

  • CKGSB (China)
  • FIA Business School (Brazil)
  • IAE Business School, Universidad Austral (Argentina)
  • KEIO Business School (Japan)
  • Lancaster University (UK)
  • Alliance Manchester Business School (UK)
  • MIP Politécnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Queen's School of Business (Canada)
  • Sasin School of Management (Thailand)
  • Schulich School of Business (Canada)
  • St Gallen (Switzerland)
  • University of Stellenbosch and Graduate School of Business Cape Town (South Africa)
  • WHU (Germany)
  • York University (Canada)


For students wishing to work in a new geographical market, to change sectors or functions, we,recommend that you undertake an internship to getbthe practical skills you need to stand out to recruitersband create important industry relationships. With the support of the Career Services team, you will put into practice the expertise you have developed to find an internship that will give you that boost you need for your career progression.

Internships can be arranged for 2 to 6 months, depending on individual and company needs.

Assessment methods may include case studies, presentations, mock exercises, tests, etc…

Florence Robineau Bourgneuf – French/Brazilian

The program is helping me to refresh many important notions like strategy, marketing, economics but in a very practical way through many study cases. This aids us in understanding how to better apprehend thing in a fast moving business-world. Concerning the specializations, I chose Finance and Entrepreneurship. The courses really give me strong tools and make me feel more confident professionally.