SKEMA Business School
SKEMA Business School Logo.jpg
Former name
ESC Lille (est.1892) & CERAM Business School (est.1963)
MottoAt Home Worldwide
TypeGrande école de commerce et de management
(Private research university Business school)
Established2009; 13 years ago (2009)[1]
AccreditationEQUIS[1] & AACSB[1]
Academic affiliations
Conférence des Grandes écoles[1]
DeanAlice Guilhon[2]
Academic staff
95% PhD.;[3]
37% female;[3]
62% international[3]
120 nationalities[1]
France: Lille, Paris, Nice / Sophia Antipolis;
USA: Raleigh;
China: Suzhou;
Brazil: Belo Horizonte;
South Africa: Cape Town
LanguageEnglish-only & French-only instruction

SKEMA Business School (School of Knowledge Economy and Management) is one of the top French business schools, devoted to higher education and research. It has the legal status of a non-profit association under the French "1901 law". It was founded in 2009 as a result of the merger between the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESC), Lille and CERAM Business School [fr], Sophia Antipolis.[4] The Lille school was founded in 1892 and CERAM in 1963.[5] It offers programmes such as a BBA in Global Management, Master of Science (MS and MSc), EMBA,[6] doctoral equivalences and executive education programs in France, Brazil, China, and the US.[7]

SKEMA Business School was recently rated by the Financial Times and The Economist as one of the top business schools in continental Europe and one of the leading business schools worldwide.


The merger was announced on June 30, 2009, and they now form a single non-profit organization confirmed by their respective governing bodies (the General Assembly of the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of ESC Lille). The official ceremony and announcement of the new name took place November 16, 2009.[8] CERAM Business School and ESC Lille were respectively founded in 1963 by the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce and in 1892 by Lille Chamber of Commerce. The new school name, SKEMA, is derived from the Greek, skhêma (shape, figure, formation of an object) meaning schema in Latin. It also stands for the initial letters of "School of Knowledge Economy and Management".

The consolidated schools is now one of the largest French business schools in the number of students (8,500), seventh in number of teachers (166) and sixth in terms of budget.[9]

Since its beginnings in 2009 as a result of the merger between ESC Lille and CERAM Business School, SKEMA has been a global business school with the same ambition for its French and international campuses: to train mobile and adaptable leaders and managers, able to contribute to the knowledge economy and generate sustainable performance with an appreciation for the values and challenges of society, the environment and the economy.

Grande école degrees

SKEMA Business School is a grande école, a French institution of higher education that is separate from, but parallel and often connected to, the main framework of the French public university system. Grandes écoles are elite academic institutions that admit students through an extremely competitive process, and a significant proportion of their graduates occupy the highest levels of French society.[10][11][12] Similar to Ivy League schools in the United States, Oxbridge in the UK, and C9 League in China, graduation from a grande école is considered the prerequisite credential for any top government, administrative and corporate position in France.[13][14]

The degrees are accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles[15] and awarded by the Ministry of National Education (France).[16] Higher education business degrees in France are organized into three levels thus facilitating international mobility: the Licence / Bachelor's degrees, and the Master's and Doctorat degrees. The Bachelors and the Masters are organized in semesters: 6 for the Bachelors and 4 for the Masters.[17][18] Those levels of study include various "parcours" or paths based on UE (Unités d'enseignement or Modules), each worth a defined number of European credits (ECTS). A student accumulates those credits, which are generally transferable between paths. A Bachelors is awarded once 180 ECTS have been obtained (bac + 3); a Masters is awarded once 120 additional credits have been obtained (bac +5). The highly coveted PGE (Grand Ecole Program) ends with the degree of Master's in Management (MiM)[17][18][19]


SKEMA has opened several international campuses. It has three campuses in France in Lille, Paris and Sophia Antipolis near Nice, and campuses in China (Suzhou), Brazil (Belo Horizonte) and the USA (Raleigh, North Carolina, in partnership with North Carolina State University[20][21]). Lille and Sophia Antipolis campuses are the historic locations of the ESC Lille and CERAM Business School.

In May 2019 the school announced the upcoming opening of its new Grand Paris campus in Suresnes. Previously occupied by Airbus, it spreads across 30,000 m2 (320,000 sq ft) comprising 40 classrooms and two large lecture halls.[22] This campus will also have a rooftop of 1,600m², a co-working space and a student residence. It has opened in January 2021[23][24]

Skema announced the opening of a new campus in Cape Town (South Africa) at the beginning of academic year 2019/2020.[25][26]

SKEMA - Lille Campus (France)
SKEMA - Lille Campus (France)

The Lille campus is located in the Euralille business district in the north of France. The Lille campus gathers more than 2,200 students over 16,000 m2. A partnership has been established with the University of Lille to develop joint-programmes and combine the institutions' research efforts in the Lille School of Management Research Center.[27]

The Sophia Antipolis campus is located in the technology park of the same name in the south of France. A partnership with Science Po Aix offers joint-programmes, enabling business students to study political sciences.[28]

SKEMA - Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University (USA)


SKEMA - Suzhou Campus (China)
SKEMA - Suzhou Campus (China)

Financial Times rankings:

2021, Master of Management ranked 22nd globally with a 3-year average at 25th.

2021, MSc Financial Markets & Investments ranked 3rd globally.

The Economist ranking:

2021. MSc International Business ranked 5th worldwide.

Forbes ranking:

2019, MBA ranked among the 12 best Executive MBA programmes.

2020, MSc Entrepreneurship & Innovation ranked among the 10 best entrepreneurial programmes.

Details about the latest rankings are available at its website's ranking section.

SKEMA is double-accredited – Equis EFMD Accredited EMBA and AACSB. Its programmes are recognised in France (Visa, Master's degree, RNCP, CGE label), as well as in the USA (licensing), Brazil (certificação) and China. Details about the accreditations and international recognition are available at its website's accreditation section.


SKEMA has several research centers and a unit for entrepreneurship and innovation.


Undergraduate Programmes

SKEMA - Paris Suresnes Campus
SKEMA - Paris Suresnes Campus

SKEMA offers two undergraduate programmes: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Global Management and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in International Business.

The BBA in Global Management allows students to obtain a double degree - SKEMA's BBA in Global Management degree and (according to the student's choice):

More details are available on its website.

SKEMA's BBA in International Business is a four-year degree program that prepares students to succeed in today's global economy and is available at its Raleigh, USA, campus. SKEMA's Raleigh campus gives students the choice to study abroad for one or two years at an international campus. Students have the possibility to return to the US for their fourth year and do their capstone project, or to continue their fourth year abroad to get a double degree or another specialisation. More details are available on its website.

MSc Programmes

SKEMA's Master of Science (MSc) programmes are mostly taught over a one-year period and are entirely in English. The one-year MSc programmes are for applicants who have a four-year degree, while the two-year MSc programmes are for those with a three-year university degree. SKEMA Business School offers 18 masters of science programmes covering all major business domains.

They are mainly divided into the following categories: Finance, Marketing, Management, and Business and Strategy. The details of all the programmes are available on its website. Recently developed programmes include Digital Business and Digital Marketing and a double diploma partnership with UC Berkeley for Entrepreneurship students.[33]

Master in Management/Grande Ecole Programme

SKEMA's Master in Management is a two-year multi-campus programme offering a wide range of specialisations and a variety of learning paths. Students can choose to study either in English or French and get the change to study abroad at one of SKEMA's international campuses in China, Brazil and the US, besides France.

Other features include:

More information is available on its website.

SKEMA - Sophia Antipolis Nice Campus
SKEMA - Sophia Antipolis Nice Campus

PhD, Doctoral equivalences

SKEMA offers the equivalent doctoral programmes: PhD in Finance and Accounting, KTO PhD In Management, Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Project and Programme Management and Digital DBA.

Executive MBA Programme

SKEMA Business School's Global Executive Master in Business Administration (GEMBA) is for experienced executives wishing to increase their managerial and strategic skills in an international environment. The Global EMBA allows participants to develop a global and innovative strategic vision in today's complex, unpredictable and interconnected world. This programme is a real springboard to help executives achieve strategic missions inside their company, reorient their career path or launch their own business.

The programme delivers twelve core modules offering a general understanding of the key business functions of companies and general managerial skills as well as two optional specialisations: Project Management and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.[34]

Summer Schools

SKEMA offers two short programmes in Paris during the summer:The programmes are Finance and Banking and Project Management.

Student unions

65 student societies are present at the school in the fields of art, culture, business, environment, humanitarian and social aid, high tech, sport, student life, and international.[35]

Interculture SKEMA and S'Konnection are the 2 main student unions in charge of welcoming international students from all across the world. They represent the open-minded spirit of the school.

Skema Conseil is a Junior Entreprise, student consultancy society, providing services to entrepreuners and firms. The society is present on Sophia Antipolis (French Riviera), Paris and Lille.[36][37] SKEMA Conseil was elected "Best Junior Entreprise of 2012"[38]

AIESEC has offices in the Lille and Sophia-Antipolis campuses.

Notable alumni

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