Contrary to popular belief, an MBA is not just for those who want to advance their career. People take on this master’s programme to become more effective problem solvers and leaders. They seek the know-how to confidently tackle the often multi-faceted issues that plague corporations and organisations today.
At ESCP Business School, you gain this knowledge and skills in a way that’s personalised to suit your future goals. Ranked fourth out of 90 in the 2023 Financial Times annual European Business Schools ranking, this institution caters to those who want to become a consultant or gain an entrepreneurial spirit.
In the Consultancy specialisation, classes go further than just theoretical knowledge. “The specialisation courses and content have been designed to provide the critical techniques needed in the consulting day-to-day work, not only from a conceptual point of view but also from a practical one,” says Alejandro Ruiz, professor of Consultancy.
Often potential candidates are adept at working with numbers and have experience with project management. In this MBA, your soft skills are enhanced with a focus on teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, and emotional intelligence. This helps you emerge as a well-rounded consultant with qualities that are often forged by being exposed to real business problems. Learning-by-doing ensures you learn in as effective a manner as possible.
Engaging with live case studies in this programme will give you direct insight through informative interactions with senior figures in the field and leading ESCP faculty. Modules are also forward-thinking, focusing on societal impact and empowering you to be part of sustainability projects. This allows you to give just as much consideration to the environment and societal well-being in all of your current and future business decisions. “The curriculum also ensures students grasp economic consulting to understand the financial nuances of organisations, enabling them to spot inefficiencies,” adds Ruiz.
When the business you work for faces hard-hitting challenges, your role as a consultant is the key to overcoming them. ESCP’s MBA specialisation in Consultancy ensures that you can take on this position with ease. Between the comprehensive and hands-on learning as well as the transformative experience, you will be job-ready. Graduates go on to become industry leaders, and you can too. “The MBA Consultancy specialisation is the perfect avenue to amplify a professional trajectory. Our students are far better prepared than any other candidates for consultant or management positions,” says Ruiz.
For the Entrepreneur specialisation, ESCP has a specific goal in mind. Niko Munoz, professor emeritus in charge of crafting the Entrepreneurship specialisation, outlines that it comes down to how you think. “A successful entrepreneur is someone who aligns ambitions and mindsets,” he says. “Nowadays, almost all corporations seek individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset to launch new services, products, or to change the organisation from inside.”
Students are offered a well-balanced curriculum to develop such a mindset, merging deep theoretical insights with practical exercises. While the ability to craft business models and market strategies is important, a truly successful entrepreneur has this innate ability to make full use of the resources at hand, design innovative solutions, and stay attuned to the ever-evolving needs of consumers.
ESCP’s Entrepreneur specialisation stands apart for how it improves your way of thinking and viewing business models and market dynamics. This new perspective is fundamental. “The specialisation will provide a balanced approach, giving equal emphasis to profit, environmental sustainability, and societal welfare,” says Munoz. “Students will also be trained in scenario planning, testing ideas in the market, and strategically forging alliances to fortify their entrepreneurial journeys.”
While some of the main teachings in either specialisation would be similar, there are distinct differences for each pathway that you should consider. The Entrepreneur specialisation, for instance, does not just give you the necessary tools but builds your mindset by challenging you to rethink, reevaluate and reshape. “An MBA typically offers a structured approach to management. But, if you’re set on the entrepreneurial path, you must embrace ambiguity,” Munoz says. “The goal is to cultivate thinking that’s less structured but more action-driven and risk-friendly.”
There are more benefits to joining the MBA in ESCP. You can choose to study on campus, online or hybrid in 10 to 34 months. With six European campuses, you can study and live each period in a different ESCP inner-city campus. You will participate in two company consultancy projects over two countries, expanding your international work experience. No matter which specialisation you choose, an education here turns you into a leader who can shape the future.