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YEAR 2 in Business Administration (M2-MBA) 'Decision Making that Creates Value'

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Our second year of the Master's program is dedicated to Business Administration, with a strong focus on Corporate Finance and International Accounting. In this program, students are in a better position to make sound corporate decisions. It provides the knowledge and tools to manage a company and projects with skill.

Head of MBA Program

  • Director of International Relations, Associate Professor : Mr. Alberto ARBULU

In this second year, students gain insight into how to create Organizational Value, see the whole chain that follows the results, and develop knowledge of business and management to an advanced level. It has the particularity of being taught entirely in English by European and international professors, as well as faculty staff.
More generally, the MBA program leads students through the different stages of transforming operations into reality. By identifying opportunities, students will be able to create value-based business models. from Strategy to Operations. On this basis, the courses cover the essential practical aspects of conducting business. For this purpose, the Financial and Accounting analysis of a business is a key element in ensuring students are well prepared to be managers in a collaborative role in the decision-making process.

Our MBA program is focused on Corporate Finance and International  Accounting, and therefore applicants with:

  • A four-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Economics, Accounting or Finance,
  • or outstanding work experience in the Business field (especially in Accounting & Finance) are eligible for this program

If applicants do not have a related degree or work experience, they should start from year 1, the European Business Administration (M1-EBA) program.

Students will be awarded the Master's degree after completing a total of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Various teaching and assessment methods are used. There will be coursework-based assessments, such as exercises, case studies, group projects, and tests during the classes. Finally, a final dissertation related to the internship during the second semester is to be written by students.


  • Find the Curriculum for the M2-MBA program HERE

The Curriculum and Examination Methods section

  • Find the Curriculum and Examination Methods section for the program HERE
  • Find the IAE Rules and Regulations for Students HERE

Program general organization

** Note that there is only September intake.


- Schedule and general organization :

The academic year starts Mid-September and lasts until the end of August :

  • Classes are held from Mid-September until the end of January. Most classes take place almost every day (Sometimes even on Saturday’s morning) from 09h to 12h pm and from 14h to 17h

*Note that students who may want to get a part-time job can only do it in the evenings or weekends.

  • From February until the end of August, students have to do a mandatory 4-to-6 month internship and submit a dissertation

- Welcome Day & Registration Day: Mid-September

- Beginning of the program: Mid-September



- Program Level: Second year of the master's program in Business Administration (M2-MBA).

- Academic background: Have completed, a Bachelor's degree of 4-year (240 ECTS equivalent) in the field of business, or have consequent work experience in the field of business.

- Teaching Language: English

How to apply ?

Apply here

Required documents for application

‘Please submit the required documents either in English or French.’

  • Online application form (M2-MBA)
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Copies of all previous diplomas awarded
  • Passport copy (or ID card if European)
  • Letter of motivation 
  • CV 
  • English language certificate or Certificate of studies in English.
  • One ID photo

Keep in mind that, applications cannot be reviewed until they are complete. Missing required materials or additional materials must be received by the Admissions Office within one week of your initial application submission.

Once we have received all required application components, the review process will be able to begin. Academic professors from the MBA program gathered as an Admission Jury, carry out this review process. Our Admission jury will decide whether an applicant is eligible for an interview or not.  Applicants shall, in any case, receive an answer by declared dates mentioned in the application periods section.

Language Level & Prerequisites

The language test in English is not mandatory if you are a native English speaker or if you have already studied your Bachelor/Master in English. (Certificate of studies in English is required.)  Otherwise, you need to provide us one of these following certificates:

  • TOEFL IBT 90
  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5; no subscore under 6
  • Cambridge: Certificate in Advanced English
  • TOEIC « listening and reading »: 890/990 AND « speaking and writing »: 300/400

** Note that basic knowledge of French is recommended.

Program tuition fees

The academic fees within the Bordeaux university come under two forms :

Tuition fees & Adminstrative fees (mandatory)

- For the M2-MBA program:

  • Tuition fees are around 5200 €
  • Adminstrative fees namely Liability Insurance around 15 € and CVECaround 92 €

*The CVEC is a national fee that is paid via a French government platform and NOT to the institution in which you are enrolled. All full-time and apprenticeship students must pay their CVEC before registering for classes.

  • Payment of the First half: Depends on each round of application submissions period - Please check it on the "Application process" webpage.
  • Payment of the Second half: End of Auguest



There are no scholarships program at the IAE Bordeaux University. You may however check with your home country system if some scholarships exist, and you can also check the French Embassy in your home country for potential specific scholarships but be careful the deadlines are usually ONE YEAR in advance (for Eiffel scholarships or Etudes en France) .

For further information please refer to;  https://www.iae-bordeaux.fr/en/admissions/tuition-fees

Internship report guidelines

The purpose of the MBA program academic internship : 

The academic Internship is meant to bring into practice the academic skills, which you acquired during your academic study program. Within the academic internship, it is not only a goal to work inside an organization and help, contribute or support the management, but also to apply and expand your academic knowledge and skills. For the Master 2 MBA, as in every other professional master's degree, a minimum 4 to 6 months internship is mandatory.  It might start in February 2021 and end not later than 31 August 2021. The written document to produce during that period is called a dissertation. This dissertation poses a research question and seeks to answer it by the means of collecting and analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data.


Summary of the Internship / Dissertation process

First Outline

By the end of April,students have to send the subject & first outline of their dissertation plan (1 page) to their administration responsible

Confirmation and Announce your academic tutor

The program director of M2-MBA will choose an Academic tutor for students, and the administration responsible informs students about the name and the email address of their Academic tutor.

Plan of the internship report

Students  must send the title and the plan of a dissertation to their academic tutor via email and put the administration responsible in the​​​​​​​ copy.


Students have to be in touch with their academic tutors to communicate related issues during their mission.

Final Submission

Students must send their Final dissertation in PDF format to their academic tutor and their administration responsible by e-mail.

Deadline for submission

August 31th


Volume of report

45 pages including the sources

Maximum 60 pages including annexes

The recommended font is Times New Roman, 12.

The spacing must be 1.5 for good readability.

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