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Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou and Vincenzo Vinzi
Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou and Vincenzo Vinzi.

CMU’s Tepper School of Business and ESSEC Business School (France) Announce New Dual Degree Program

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Peter Kerwin
University Communications & Marketing

Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business(opens in new window) and ESSEC Business School, two leading international business schools, have announced a new dual degree program. Upon completion of the program, students will receive two degrees: the Master of Science in Business Analytics(opens in new window) (MSBA) from the Tepper School and the Master in Management(opens in new window) (MiM) from ESSEC.

The program will take a minimum of two academic years to complete, with students spending one academic year at each school, plus internships. Students will study in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while enrolled at the Tepper School, and in the Paris suburb of Cergy while enrolled at ESSEC.

This strategic collaboration leverages the strengths and expertise of these two prestigious institutions to foster innovation, cross-cultural exchange and excellence in business education. The partnership also facilitates academic collaboration and student exchanges, building students’ understanding of the evolving needs of the global business landscape.

"The partnership between the Tepper School of Business and ESSEC is a transformative step forward in shaping the future of business education," said Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou(opens in new window), dean and Richard P. Simmons Professor of Finance of the Tepper School. "By joining forces, we will position our students for a truly global experience that prepares them to navigate the complexities of an interconnected world."

Vincenzo Vinzi, dean and president of ESSEC, added, “ESSEC Business School is thrilled to establish this exciting partnership with the Tepper School of Business, a collaboration that signals our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and global engagement. ESSEC is proud to have a powerful global network of business leaders and to offer unparalleled opportunities to our students, faculty and the broader business community. This partnership will provide invaluable access to a multicultural environment, increased knowledge-sharing and interdisciplinary collaboration, contributing to our overarching goal of preparing leaders for impactful careers.”

The Tepper School’s MSBA program is a STEM-designated program for students to sharpen their business expertise and creative problem-solving skills by analyzing data to make smarter decisions for their company or organization. ESSEC’s MiM program provides a solid foundation of general management knowledge and aims to equip the next generation of leaders to handle the major challenges facing businesses, organizations and society. 

The Tepper School and ESSEC are exploring further opportunities to the dual degree program, including a two-week executive education program focusing on luxury business; an exchange program with students to study in ESSEC’s campuses in France, Singapore, and Morocco and on Tepper’s campus in Pittsburgh; a joint postgraduate program at ESSEC’s Singapore campus and the Tepper School’s Pittsburgh campus; and a study abroad program.

Both schools share a commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in business education. The partnership will prioritize creating an inclusive learning environment that embraces students from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and cultures while preparing them to become ethical and responsible global leaders.

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