ISC Paris is among the business and management Grandes Écoles that have been recognized for their quality processes, and their quest for excellence. Our three international accreditations (AACSB, AMBA, and EPAS)–earned in less than three years–serve as evidence of this.
These business school accreditations attest to the high level of ISC Paris’ programs, and the degrees that we award. There are two types of accreditations: public, and private.
Government-issued accreditations give French and European recognition to our programs.
Private-sector accreditations are international certifications based on the quality and excellence of our programs. They allow universities to set themselves apart from the competition, on a national and international scale.
ISC Paris Grande École is recognized by the French government, authorized to award Master degrees, and accredited by AACSB, AMBA, and EPAS. ISC Paris is also a member of the French Conférence des Grandes Écoles.
ISC Paris’ Grande École Master in Management program awards a degree that is certified as “high school + five years, Master level”, and this accreditation was renewed for four years, until 2022.
Our Bachelor, MSc, and MBA programs prepare students for certifications that are part of France’s national register of professional certifications–the Répertoire National de la Certification Professionnelle (RNCP).
The French Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation–the Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation (MESRI)–accredits higher education degree programs; evaluations are performed by the Evaluation Commission for Management Training and Degree Programs–the Commission d’évaluation des formations et des diplômes de gestion (CEFDG). This entity classifies university-level degree programs that are authorized to issue officially-approved Master degrees, and also classifies each program by level (number of years of study after high school) within the French system, referred to as “bac +” (bac+2, bac+3, bac+4, bac+5, etc.). Only degree programs evaluated by the Evaluation Commission are officially authorized and can award the Master degree.
Officially-approved Master degree programs
This approval (a “Visa” in the French system) attests to the quality of the program’s content, instructional methods, and professors. It is valid for one to five years for programs that involve three to five years after high school (bac + 3 to bac + 5 in the French system). Only this official approval authorizes a French university to issue degrees approved by the MESRI.
The Master degree authorization is granted after an evaluation of a university that issues a degree involving five years of study after high school (bac + 5 in the French system). It is valid for one to five years, and ensures a high level of course work, from both the professional and academic points of view. The Master degree is internationally-recognized and makes students highly employable, or eligible for further studies outside France.
Our Bachelor, MSc, and MBA programs also make students eligible for certifications from the RNCP, issued by France Compétences, in partnership with APTIM or IGS-ESAM. These certifications are level 6 (Bachelor) and level 7 (MSc, MBA) in the European system.
ISC Paris holds three accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, and EPAS. These are among the most prestigious accreditations available for business and management schools. They are a testament to the high academic level and international reputation of ISC Paris–the Institut Supérieur de Commerce de Paris.
These so-called “private-sector” accreditations are valid for one to five years, and are granted only after a rigorous audit of the school. The primary criteria for these accreditations have to do with the quality of student recruitment and staff hiring, the type of coursework, the international scope of the curriculum, student employability, business partnerships, student support and tracking, and the alumni network.
The US-based organization AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) was founded in 1916. It acknowledges the academic excellence of higher education institutions, by reviewing the schools’ strategy, mission, support for student growth and development, and the inclusion of real-world management challenges.
All of ISC Paris’ programs (Bachelor, Grande École, MSc, MBA, DBA) received a five-year accreditation from AMBA in 2017, valid until 2022. This accreditation places ISC Paris in a select group of 24 management schools in France and 785 business schools worldwide.
This UK-based organization has accredited MBA (Master of Business Administration–the highest internationally-recognized business degree) programs since 1967. It grants a five-year accreditation to business schools. The primary accreditation criterion is the program’s alignment with corporations’ needs. It attests to the Master program’s ability to train internationally-focused managers, and to offer career services–such as an alumni network–to students.
In 2019, ISC Paris earned a three-year AMBA accreditation for our Grande École and MBA International Business programs; this is valid until 2022.
AMBA specifically noted our strong program management and the excellence of our professors, our instructional approach, and the market-focused content of our programs. They also highlighted the real-world relevance of our Student Enterprises–a distinctive feature of our Grande École program–which offers students a unique professional experience beyond their coursework. This accreditation places ISC Paris in a select group of 24 AMBA-accredited French business schools.
The EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) awards the EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System) accreditation after an audit performed by the Deans of schools from around the world. The criteria relate to the business program’s placement and role within the school, the program’s structure and resources, its instructional staff, instructional methods, learning goals, evaluation and recruitment procedures, international reputation, and the career paths of its graduates.
This accreditation is valid for three to five years.
ISC Paris’ Grande École program earned EPAS accreditation for the first time in March 2020. We were awarded a five-year accreditation–a rarity for an initial EPAS accreditation, which is generally valid for three years.
Only 18 French business and management schools have EPAS accreditation for their programs.
The French Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE) includes 229 higher education institutions that award Master degrees (in management, engineering, political science, and other areas) as of October 2019.
The CGE is a testament to the academic excellence and career focus of these specialized programs.
ISC Paris has earned CGE accreditation for our MSc-Master of Science and MSc International Business (marketing, finance, and supply chain concentrations) options.