The 2022 ranking of Parisian post-preparatory business schools

Business schools are competing to attract more candidates. They promise guaranteed employment for an international career.

Your course, with or without preparation. This file shows two groups of schools that all lead to a master’s degree at bac +5. The difference is that some are accessible after preparation (two years of study): this is the top 22. Others will greet you after baccalaureate. They issued the same diploma, under the same conditions. We specify all their details in the pages of this special issue.

A continuous progress towards greater quality and international recognition: this is what the indicators of our awards show. We are in the super league and all institutions guarantee access to work with solid training.

This year, the Top 10 business schools after preparation remains stable. HEC remains in the lead while its challengers, Essec and ESCP Europe, are firmly anchored in its position. Edhec combined its 4th place ahead of EM Lyon and Skema. The battle is fierce as the search for excellence imposes itself as the common thread. Excelia’s 14th position describes this movement along with its approach to diversity in territory and in terms of programs.

Consult here our ranking of post-baccalaureate business schools and our additional thematic rankings.

Method of our Ranking of the best business schools.

Fifteen criteria were used to classify the schools delivering the Master’s degree. Only 9 are displayed on the web: all notes / complete tables are viewable in the PDF version of our file. The editorial staff of Le Parisien / Today in France made this list following a questionnaire sent to schools (Only the Burgundy School of Business declined to respond). For all these criteria, here are the elements retained for the calculation of each score.

LABELS. Duration of master’s degree (from 1 to 5 years), number of national and international accreditations.

POWER. Group and school budget per student. Number of foreign students paying for their tuition (compared to free exchanges).

DEVELOPMENT. Evolution of the number of students, group budgets and Grande École Programs, group workforce between 2019 and 2022.

SOCIAL OPENNESS. Part of calculated exceptions, grants awarded.


1/ For preparatory schools: Sigem classification (system for assigning preparatory students to primary business schools). Includes prepas volume and AST2 (receiving the title in the 2nd year of the Grande Ecole). Proportion of those who attended oral examinations from the number of qualified. Candidates for the preparation of the 2022 competition.

2/ For post-bac: volume integrated and AST 2 (competition 2021). Candidates for the 2022 competition.

INFRASTRUCTURE. Campus size per student and its evolution between 2019 and 2021. Proportion of graduates who spend on school campuses abroad. Proportion of students on foreign campuses in 2018-2019.

FACULTY. Proportion of research professors from the number of permanent teachers. Part of foreign professors. Rate of administration. Number of different nationalities in the teaching staff.

RESEARCH. Proportion of articles published by faculty-researchers in leading scientific journals.

PEDAGOGY. Percentage of course hours provided by research professors. Proportion of English courses and double graduate in French institutions.

INTERNATIONAL. Mandatory minimum time abroad. Part of agreements with establishments with international accreditation. Number of double degrees and countries offered.

PROFESSIONALIZATION. Mandatory minimum internship time. Proportion of apprentices and work-study students. Number of professionals contributing in a year.

REPENTANCE. Placement rate of students before graduation, departure salary.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Number of companies incubated between 2019 and 2020. Number of companies produced by graduates in the past 3 years. Part of graduates from an entrepreneurial background.

DIGITAL. Dynamism of digital policy. Number of Facebook fans and Twitter followers, Instagram followers, LinkedIn members. Part of graduates from a digital sector.

PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION. The last criterion was mentioned in the opinion of the editorial staff of “Parisien Étudiant” on the quality of work of schools in the field of educational and development projects.

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