|École supérieure des sciences commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA)|
|Motto||La Grande École directement.|
|Campus||Angers, Paris, Budapest, Shanghai|
École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (ESSCA) is one of the top twenty business schools in France. Created in 1909 by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of the West on the model of French Grandes Écoles, it was to become, over the course of the twentieth century, a highly selective graduate school in France and Europe.
Its competitive entrance exam (French: concours) takes place after the Baccalauréat, in contrast to some French graduate schools that recruit their students after two years of preparatory classes. The graduate school relies on this exam to keep its admission rate at no more than 420 students per year. In 2011 it admitted 12.5% of the 5,258 students who took the exam.
The school grants a Grande École Masters degree (MSc in Management), including several options for double-degree arrangements with French and foreign business schools and universities in Economics, International Business and other subjects.
Founded in 1909 by the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of the West, ESSCA was preceded by other business schools such as HEC Paris created in 1881 and ESCP Europe, which was the first business school in the world when it was created in 1819.
The school began by offering a two-year degree, which was extended to three years in 1954. In parallel with its change of location in Angers with the campus move to Belle-Beille, ESSCA's programs were extended in 1969 to four years. With its admission to the Conférence des Grandes Écoles in 1977, the school reached the level of older French business schools. It was further validated by the French State's approval of its masters degree in 1980. In 1993, the school opened its Paris and Budapest campuses. Since 1999 the school's masters programs have been completed in five years, aligning the MSc in Management with comparable business schools in France and Europe.
The global expansion of the school started in the 1980s was consolidated by the opening of its Shanghai campus in 2006. At its 100th anniversary in 2009, ESSCA had campuses in Angers, Paris, Budapest and Shanghai.
The school has partnerships with 152 universities and business schools in more than 40 countries, such as McGill University, Sophia University and Boston University. It currently has six double-degree programs which offer students the opportunity to obtain the degree of the partner university.
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