Emlyon Business School
Mottoearly makers since 1872
TypePrivate business school
Established1872; 149 years ago (1872)
AffiliationCGE, AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School
(emlyon-GEM Alliance)[1]
ChairmanIsabelle Huault[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Paris, Écully and Saint-Étienne, France
Shanghai, China
Casablanca, Morocco
Bhubaneswar and Mumbai, India

45°47′10″N 4°45′50″E / 45.78611°N 4.76389°E / 45.78611; 4.76389Coordinates: 45°47′10″N 4°45′50″E / 45.78611°N 4.76389°E / 45.78611; 4.76389
Locations in France
Worldwide locations

Emlyon Business School is a French business school founded in Lyon, France, in 1872 by the local business community and is affiliated with the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A grande école, Emlyon offers an undergraduate BBA; MBA, EMBA, specialized MSc graduate programs; and a PhD program. It is ranked as one of the top business schools in France and holds the triple accreditation. Emlyon has six campuses currently: Lyon, Saint-Étienne, Paris, Shanghai, Casablanca, Bhubaneswar, and Mumbai.[5]


École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon - Entrance gate
École Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon - Entrance gate

The school was created in 1872 and it is the fourth Business school in France created after ESCP Europe, École supérieure de commerce de Rouen and École de management de Normandie.

The first name of the school was ESCAE Lyon, then École supérieure de commerce de Lyon (ESCL), then changed to EM Lyon in 1997, for the 125th anniversary of the school. The final name, Emlyon Business School, was chosen in 2005.

In 2007, the Shanghai campus was opened.

In 2015, the opening of a new campus in Casablanca & launch of a worldwide partnership with IBM

At the end of March 2016, Emlyon Business School and Grenoble School of Management announced their alliance, the Alliance Lyon Grenoble Business School, centered on innovation, entrepreneurship, growth, and new business.[6]


EM Lyon Business School is organized in seven campuses in the Urban Community of Lyon (Écully), Saint-Etienne, Shanghai, Casablanca, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, and Paris.

For many years, Emlyon has developed partnerships with Chinese universities. A "Master en Administration des Affaires de Canton" (Master of Business Administration) in collaboration with the "Université Lyon-III" (Jean Moulin University Lyon 3) and the Lingnan College (part of the Sun Yat-sen University) was launched in 1997. It is a fully French speaking Master, which has been awarded in 2004 by the Chinese Ministry of Education.[7] EMLYON opened an office in Shanghai in 2000 and a new campus in September 2007 within the campus of the East China Normal University.

The Casablanca campus was inaugurated in 2015. In 2016, Emlyon opened its latest campus in Paris. In 2018, Emlyon opened a campus in India with Xavier University.[8]

International Rankings

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
FT - Master in Management 20th 30th 26th 27th 40th 40th 29th[9]
FT - Master in Finance - - 24th 24th 33rd - 27th
FT - European Business School Rankings - - 20th 22nd 21st 19th 20th[10]
FT - Global MBA - - - - 99th 80th 79th 90th[11]
The Economist - Global MBA 71st 75th 75th 81st 70th 51st -
FT - Executive MBA - - 87th 83rd 63rd 55th -

In 2018, Times Higher Education ranked Emlyon in the 34th position of its Global University Employability Ranking, being placed for the third consecutive year in the top 50 in the world and second place in France.[12]

Degree Programs

Global BBA

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration

The MBA is an intensive a full-time one-year programme with a September intake. The MBA is taught fully in English and welcomes participants with an average of seven years of work experience (average age of 31), 70% of whom are from a country other than France. The program also offers international exchanges with global partners, including IAE Business School, Queen's School of Business, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Keio University and Politecnico di Milano.

Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA)

The EMBA is a program for executives and managers with an average age of 15 years of work experience. The program has a 20-month and ten-month fast track option. The Executive MBA is a multi-site program offered in Lyon, Paris and Casablanca.

Specialized Programs

Student life

Emlyon Business School hosts the student association the Petit Paumé, which is the second-largest[13] student association in France in terms of financial means. Emlyon Business School also hosts an event called "Le défi de Bacchus", which is the biggest wine-testing competition in Europe, gathering students and professionals. A competition well known for the degustation of French "grands crus" such as Château d'Yquem and because the restaurants where this event takes place are always Michelin starred.

Alumni association

The alumni association is Emlyon Forever and counts 35 700+ alumni in 130 countries.[14]

Notable alumni

See also: Category:Emlyon Business School alumni


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  20. ^ About Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet

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