2022 ranking of Parisian post-preparatory business schools

Business schools are competing to attract more and more graduates. They promise guaranteed employment for an international career.

Your course, with or without preparation. This file presents two groups of schools, all of which lead to the master’s degree of bac +5. The difference is that some are available after a preparation (two years of study): these are the top 22. The others will welcome you right after matriculation. They issue the same diploma under the same conditions. We decipher all their specifics in the pages of this special issue.

A constant progress towards more quality and international recognition: this is what the indicators of our awards show. We are in the super league and all the institutions guarantee access to employment with a solid education.

This year, top 10 business schools by prep remain stable. HEC remains in the lead, while its challengers, Essec and ESCP Europe, are firmly entrenched in the wake. Edhec consolidates its 4th place ahead of EC Lyon and Skema. The battle is fierce, as the pursuit of excellence imposes itself as the common thread. Excelia’s 14th place illustrates this movement with its strategy of diversification both territorially and in terms of programs.

See here our ranking of post-baccalaureate business schools and our additional thematic rankings.

Methodology for our ranking of the best business schools.

Fifteen criteria were used to classify the schools that provide the master’s degree. Only 9 appear online: all notes / full table can be found on the PDF version of our file. The editors of Le Parisien / Today in France compiled this list after a questionnaire sent to schools (Only the Bourgogne School of Business did not want to answer). For all these criteria, here are the elements stored to calculate each score.

LABELS. Duration of the master’s program (from 1 to 5 years), number of national and international accreditations.

POWERFUL. Group and school budget per student. Number of foreign students paying for their tuition (vs free exchange).

DEVELOPMENT. Development of the number of students, group budgets and Grande École programs, group workforce between 2019 and 2022.

SOCIAL OPENNESS. Proportion of calculated exemptions, grants awarded.


1/ For preparatory schools: Sigem classification (system for assigning preparatory students to major trade schools). Volume of prepas and AST2 (admission on title in 2nd year of Grande Ecole) integrated. Proportion of those present at the oral tests of the number of qualified. Candidates for the 2022 competition preparation.

2/ For post-bac: volume of integrated and AST 2 (competition 2021). Candidates for 2022 competitions.

INFRASTRUCTURE. Size of the campus per students and its development between 2019 and 2021. Share of graduates who have spent time on school campuses abroad. Share of students on foreign campuses in 2018-2019.

FACULTY. Share of research professors out of the number of permanent teachers. Share of foreign professors. Supervision percentage. Number of different nationalities among the teaching staff.

RESEARCH. Proportion of articles published by teacher-researchers in leading scientific journals.

PEDAGOGY. Percentage of course hours taught by research professors. Share of courses in English and of double candidates with French institutions.

INTERNATIONAL. Mandatory minimum time abroad. Share of agreements with companies with international accreditation. Number of double degrees offered and countries.

PROFESSIONALIZATION. Mandatory minimum time in practice. Share of apprentices and work-study students. Number of professional contributors over a year.

DEPOSIT. Placement rate of students before graduation, salary upon graduation.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Number of companies incubated between 2019 and 2020. Number of companies set up by graduates over the past 3 years. Share of candidates with an entrepreneurial background.

DIGITAL. The dynamics of digital politics. Number of Facebook fans and Twitter followers, Instagram followers, LinkedIn members. Share of graduates from a digital sector.

PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION. The last criterion was noted according to the opinion of the editors of “Parisien Étudiant” on the quality of the schools’ work in education and development projects.

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