Graduate Degree in Business Administration. Learn the business fundamentals.

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  1. Program Overview

    The Graduate Degree in Business Administration (GDBA) is a full-time 6-month degree offering all of the business introductory and fundamental courses found in MBA programs.

    It is the first year of our MBA, common to all our programs.

    Designed to provide you with a solid grounding in business, it is particularly adapted to you, if your objective is to acquire the necessary knowledge to run your own small business, apply to junior management positions or prepare yourself for an MBA or a Master of Sciences.

    Indeed, you will appreciate the GDBA’s simplified admission procedure: you need not have prior business knowledge to apply. Nor do you need to take any standardised tests. A preparation for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is included in the program.

    Coursework is completed by a three- to six-month mandatory internship in an English-speaking working environment.

    Your courses are scheduled three days a week over twenty-five weeks from September to March, in order to allow you to study and work (or complete your internship) at the same time if you so choose.

    International candidates holding a student VISA are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during their stay in France.

    The GDBA also includes 40 hours of Business English language instruction. You will improve your English to the level needed to pursue advanced business courses, and learn the specialised English used in the business world. Given this intense English language component, it directly prepares you for advanced English language tests (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC...).

    Cohorts are composed of a maximum of 30 to 35 students. 80% of your classmates and 50% of your instructors are international. 35% of the GDBA candidates are executives and 60% of the Faculty members are hands-on business practitioners. 

    This environment ensures you effective and highly interactive lectures, where students and instructors from different horizons, backgrounds, ages and countries meet and share their knowledge and experience.

  2. Admission

    Admission requirements

    • Undergraduate degree in ANY FIELD (no business degree required): your degree must last a minimum of 3 years and grant a minimum of 180 ECTS credits, or 90 US credits, or equivalent.
    • Good academic record
    • Interview before the Admissions Committee
    • English proficiency assessed by the Admissions Committee during the interview

    Application materials checklist
    Further guidelines concerning the application materials specifications (e.g. format, size, language...) available here.

    • Cover Letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Transcript of academic records (Grade reports) since you entered higher education
    • Copy of every diploma obtained since you entered higher education
    • Copy of your High School Diploma
    • Copy of your passport or national ID card
    • ID picture in JPG format, colours
      Language test score report
      Letters of recommendation
      from past, or current lecturers or employers. Please use this form.
  3. About the GDBA...

    What they say about the GDBA...


    " The GDBA program helped me focus on my strengths and develop the right abilities to start a brand new global-oriented career, in a reasonable timeframe. "

    Alessandro Macri', Italy - GDBA 2010
      Domiciliation Officer,
    Alter Domus, Luxembourg

    " Contact with multicultural students and professors is the way to learn how to become a global manager. I look forward to having you join us for this special opportunity and participate in this exciting program. "

    Nadine Tournois
    Professor and Chair
    Program Director
  4. Fees


    The French Republic is known throughout the world for making high investments in public education and dedicating a consistent part of the State budget to instruction.

    Should you be accepted into the program, you would automatically benefit from a State subsidiary disbursed by the French Ministry of National Education to the School.

    No need to apply for this, the tuition fees you are charged would consequently be reduced.

    Following the well-known French principle of "égalité", resident, non-resident and international students are granted the same amount and charged the same tuition fees.

    Other scholarships you may be eligible for can be cumulated (European Union, CROUS, PRAME, MESR, CampusFrance, etc.)

    Cost of the program (1)
    11,630 €
    Participation of the French State - 5,630 €
    Tuition you are charged 6,000 €

    (1) Source: "MEN-MESR-DEPP - Compte de l'éducation"

    Included Estimated expenses (in Nice)
    Tuition and registration for all courses Books and materials 700 € / year                     
    Wi-fi on-campus access
    Commute 30 € / month
    Access to library and IT Accommodation 550 € / month

    Meals 300 € / month

    Miscellaneous 250 € / month

  5. Curriculum


    Lectures are delivered on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday from the end of September to mid-December.
    ATTENTION: During the last week of the term attendance is required from Monday to Saturday.

    Management principles
    1 3
    G1MBA112 Introduction to organisational behavior
    1 3 20
    G1MBA12 Marketing management 1 and 2
    1 4 40
    G1MBA13 Financial accounting 1 and 2
    1 4 40
    G1MBA14 Economics for managers 1 and 2
    1 6 40
    G1MBA151 Principles of business law
     1 3 20
    G1MBA152 Corporate social responsibility
    1 3 20
    G1MBA16 Business writing 1 and 2
    1 4 40


    Lectures are delivered on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday from January to the end of March.
    ATTENTION: During the last week of the term attendance is required from Monday to Saturday.
    The internship can be conducted part-time on the remaining days of the week from September to March, and/or full-time from April to September

    G1MBA21 Information systems 1 and 2
    1 4
    G1MBA22 Business statistics 1 and 2
    1 4 40
    G1MBA23 Financial management 1 and 2
    1 4 40
    G1MBA24 Operations analysis 1 and 2
    1 4 40
    G1MBA25 Managerial accounting 1 and 2
    1 4 40
    G1MBA261 GMAT preparation
    1 - 20
    G1MBA262 Internship and dissertation
    1 10 -

    Tentative Schedule