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M2 Master in Management (research)

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The objectives of this course are to train students in research work in the various disciplines of management sciences (strategy, finance, marketing, accounting, management control, human resources, marketing, information systems, etc.).

The conception of the Master's degree is multidisciplinary and deals with the relations of management sciences with economics, sociology, history and engineering sciences.

This is a highly research-oriented path of excellence for a limited number of students who wish to engage in doctoral work at the end of the M2 program. Students enrolled in M2 Training for Higher Education Professions also prepare for the external "agrégation" competition in economics and management.

In line with these ambitious objectives, recruitment is therefore very selective.

Course Prerequisites

The Master in Management (research) study path is open to applicants who hold a university undergraduate degree in management and/or economics-business or an equivalent qualification from a Grandes École, endorsed the French government. The prerequisites and the student profile that qualify for entry into the various study paths of the Master are typically as follows: - Students in the first year (L3) of the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris Saclay - Undergraduate degree in Management, or with Management as core curriculum; - Undergraduate degree in Economics-Business or AES; - Undergraduate degree in Social Sciences or LEA with a study path oriented towards the world of organisations; - Any other equivalent qualification that features Management as its core curriculum. In addition, students must speak English to B1 level at minimum.

  • Analyse and interpret managerial situations in a variety of settings.

  • Combine theories and practices to present management problems.

  • Formulate problems in subjects across all fields of management sciences (finance, strategy, marketing, accounting, human resources, logistics, project management, innovation, etc.).

  • Develop diagnostics and put forward recommendations for organisations in all fields of management science.

  • Write structured analyses in articles, briefs, reports, etc..

  • Confidently present results, advances and conclusions.

Post-graduate profile

Most of those enrolled in the Master in Management (research) programme are first-year students at Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay. The M1 programme also has a handful participants who have passed the school's second competitive examination (entry into M1) as well as a few external applicants.

At the end of the M1, students can choose between two M2s: the Master in Management (research) M2 prepares them directly for thesis entry as part of a personalised training project. The Training for Higher Education Trades M2 prepares students to enter the national competitive examination for third-cycle teaching in the fields of economics, business and management.

Agreements with partner laboratories, schools and universities create opportunities for research stays abroad or entry into follow-up M2 programmes at partner organisations, when these programmes form part of a coherent research project.

This is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the head of department of the Master's discipline.

Career prospects

The Master's course primarily leads to entry into a doctoral thesis in management science.

Career opportunities in management sciences are booming, with numerous teaching and research opportunities in universities and schools, in France and abroad (20 % of French higher education students follow a business and management course).

In business & management sciences, theses can be carried out in partnership with companies, paving the way to careers in consulting, jobs in public or private organisations, or posts in civil society organisations.


Réseaux Innovation Territoires et Mondialisation
Institutions et Dynamiques Historiques de l'Economie et de la société
Laboratoire en Innovation, Technologies, Economie et Management.



Méthodes et fondamentaux / Methods and fundamentals.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Design de la Recherche / Research Design 5 24
Epistémologie de la recherche / Epistemology of research 5 24
Méthodologies qualitatives / Qualitative methodologies 5 24
Méthodologies quantitatives / Quantitative methodologies 5 24
Systèmes et instruments de gestion / Management systems and instruments 5 24
Théories approfondies de la firme et des organisations / In-depth theories of the firm and organizations 5 24

Actualité de la recherche en comptabilité, contrôle, audit et finance.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Séminaire 1 : Approches processuelles et pragmatistes dans la recherche en management / Processual and pragmatic approaches in management research 4 24
Séminaire 2 : Incertitudes et changement de modèles dans l'industrie digitale / Uncertainties and model changes in the digital industry 4 24
Séminaire 3 : Valeur, Outils, Performance, Mesure / Value, Tools, Performance, Measurement 4 24
Séminaire 4 : Des concepts, outils et pratiques aux recherches de terrain / From concepts, tools and practices to field research 4 24
Séminaire 5 : Innovation, droit et nouvelle entreprise / Innovation, law and new business 4 24
Séminaire 6 : Management de la performance et performativité en management / Performance management and management performance 4 24
Séminaire 7 : Management stratégique et géopolitique / Strategic management and geopolitics 4 24
Séminaire 8 : Innovation financière et recherche en finance / Financial innovation and research in finance 4 24
Séminaire 9 : Racines et futurs de la recherche en stratégie / Research in strategy: roots and futures 4 24
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Grand oral / Oral defence 4 0 18
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Mémoire majeur de recherche & soutenance (en lien avec un séminaire*) / Research & defence thesis (in connection with a seminar*) 10 18
Modalités de candidatures
Application period
From 09/05/2024 to 13/06/2024
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Choice sheet of options requested for the M2R.

  • Motivation letter.

  • List of other masters requested (excluding Saclay).

  • Research project.

  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

Additional supporting documents
  • Certificate of English level (compulsory for non-English speakers).

  • Certificate of French (compulsory for non-French speakers).

  • VAP file (obligatory for all persons requesting a valuation of the assets to enter the diploma).

  • The application procedure, which depends on your nationality and your situation is explained here :

  • Supporting documents :
    - Residence permit stating the country of residence of the first country
    - Or receipt of request stating the country of first asylum
    - Or document from the UNHCR granting refugee status
    - Or receipt of refugee status request delivered in France
    - Or residence permit stating the refugee status delivered in France
    - Or document stating subsidiary protection in France or abroad
    - Or document stating temporary protection in France or abroad.

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