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SKEMA Business School

4.1 out of 5 (18 ratings / 6 reviews) La Defense, France
SKEMA Business School is a private establishment of higher education and research with the legal status of a non-profit association under the French "1901 law".

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



SKEMA was founded in 2009 as a result of the merger between the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Lille and CERAM Business School, Sophia Antipolis. The Lille school had been founded in 1892 and CERAM in 1963.


Preparing our students for their future career as competent and responsible professionals is an overarching aspect of our mission. We aim to ensure that our research activities are shared with our students as early and as thoroughly as possible to enable them to benefit from the insights and knowledge generated by our faculty. Our programmes develop research awareness and skills from entry level up to the PhD programmes.


Research is fully integrated into our whole curriculum. We explicitly map the development of research-related skills throughout our programmes. Entry-level students follow a semester-long course entitled "Frontiers in Business Research". 

In this course, our top research faculty present aspects of their own research and follow-up courses provide context enabling the students to apply research concepts. 

All students write a master thesis at the end of their studies, in the form of an applied research project. In the master programmes, students may opt to take additional courses leading to an MSc in Research which would open the possibility of admission to a PhD programme and an academic career.


To offer training and guidance to men and women, students and practitioners, so that they can develop both personally and professionally. SKEMA is open to people from all backgrounds who have strong potential and who respect the values of ethics and responsibility, so that they are able to:

  • Make their mark in organisations of all sizes in any country or region in the multicultural context of the globalised economy
  • Contribute to their organisations’ sustainble development and performance through their sense of innovation, their technical skills and international cross-cultural competence.

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Student Life

Campus life

Our campuses are situated in science hubs or recognised business centres where vital synergies among companies develop innovation and create the techniques of the future.

SKEMA campuses all have the same objectives: to offer students multicultural exposure combining academic life with international professional experience.

Our multi-campus structure is a laboratory that works to the advantage of both companies and students. It means that we can be in close collaboration with our economic environment and that of international higher education.


  • Lille (France)
  • Paris la Défense (France)
  • Sophia Antipolis (France)
  • Suzhou (Jiangsu - China)
  • Raleigh (North Carolina - USA)
  • Belo Horizonte (Mina Gerais - Brazil)


  • Global Accreditation Center
  • The European Commission grants SKEMA the Higher Education Charter 2014-2020
  • All SKEMA's MS programmes are RNCP certified
  • The Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) is the accrediting body for SKEMA and the Mastères Spécialisés (MS) programmes as well as certain Masters of Science (MSc)
  • The Grande Ecole diploma of SKEMA’s founder schools (CERAM Business School and Groupe ESC Lille ) is recognised by the French State and endorsed as “Master”

Student Reviews

Teaching was in English, very good teachers.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
Teaching was in English, very good teachers