Full-Time

MBA program

Take a year to totally focus on Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and École des Ponts have joined forces to offer leading international MBA programs.

The Solvay Ponts MBA has been designed with a focus on Innovation Management and Venture Creation, gathering the best courses and faculty from both schools. Benefit from the synergies from our specialized centers: the Design Thinking School at École des Ponts and the Entrepreneurship Center at SBS-EM.

format
4 days per week

duration
1 year

next start
September 2015

location
Brussels – Paris

tuition fee
€ 32 000*

*€ 35,500 for company-sponsored students

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Profile Assessment

Discover what a Full-Time MBA has to offer

Why pick the full-time Solvay Ponts MBA?

Three of our alumni share their views with you

Izabel Medeiros
IZABEL MEDEIROS

Expert Process Manager
at ING Belgium


Get the best of two European powerhouses in an MBA program tailored to your needs.

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Eva Orro
EVA ORRO

Project Manager
at Yara International


This next generation MBA is very much about collaboration, a key asset in today’s business.

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Filiep Deforche
FILIEP DEFORCHE

Senior Partner & MD
at BCG


Access to a global network of 30,000+ Alumni in some of the world’s foremost companies.
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The world is your campus

In addition to taking classes in Brussels and Paris, two of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, seize the opportunity to maximize your international experience with no additional registration fees.

Develop your own business network by attending classes at our partner overseas programs in:

  • Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam

  • Hong Kong, China

  • Shanghai, China

  • Casablanca, Morocco

  • Wrocław, Poland

And/or meet some of the most innovative international senior executives during the study trips to:

  • The Silicon Valley, CA, USA

  • Shanghai, China

  • Hong Kong, China

Participant profile

The people and variety of the MBA classes themselves are one of the strengths of the program. The different backgrounds of the people you will be studying and working with, their profiles and nationalities are an added value to the overall experience you will enjoy.

What you get from this intensive program is the bond of shared experience. Participants not only learn from the MBA curriculum and professors, but also from the truly international and enriching mix of their courses.

Take one intense year to boost your career or operate a professional shift

The Solvay Ponts Full-Time MBA offers a powerful, life-changing experience

Location

  • Brussels + Paris + International opportunities

duration

  • 1 year + Possibility of final project extension (up to 3 months)

program format

  • 4 full days per week, from Monday to Thursday

tuition fees

  • € 32 000

intake

  • Each year in September

A challenging and flexible curriculum

The Solvay Ponts Full-Time MBA academic program offers you an excellent curriculum and pedagogical innovation. Acquire a breadth of knowledge and skills with a focus on Innovation, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship. All courses are either core (required) or electives (optional). Participants are required to take and validate all core courses to graduate. Participants must also choose electives (a minimum of 3) based on their personal preferences, background, interests and/or career plan.

10-month Coursework

4
Introductory Courses
Non credit-bearing
(1 day each)
15
core courses
Mandatory
(1 week each)
10
electives
Optional
with a minimum of 3
(1 week each)
3
International study trips
Optional
with a minimum of 3
(1 week each)

How is the program structured?

Each course is taught as a 4-day block, from Monday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Thanks to this unique format, you can choose to stay 5 months in Brussels and then 5 months in Paris or choose a single location and easily commute to attend 4-day sessions in the other city.

For your final project, you choose the city of your choice. With the Thalys high-speed train, it only takes 1′15″ hours to travel between Brussels, the capital of Europe, and Paris, one of Europe’s main business centers. Both campuses are only 2′15″ hours away!

Fall: Brussels
7 core courses
5 electives
1 study trip

SEPT – JAN
Spring: Paris
8 core courses
5 electives
1 study trip

FEB – JUNE
Summer
business plan
internship
consulting project

JULY – AUG/NOV
personalized career program

Core courses

Core courses provide Solvay Ponts MBA students with the basis for understanding the major functional areas of management. These courses are also a foundation for electives, which explore the same or related areas in greater depth. In total there are 15 core courses:

Elective courses

The elective courses extend the core topics and enable you to study several subjects of your choice and of relevance to your current job or future career in depth. Some electives are offered during the day and others during the evening and on Saturdays. You can take advantage of any electives that interest you and fit your individual schedule.

Final Project

The Final Project covers the Summer Semester starting in July. This is where you put learning into action and apply the skills acquired during the MBA course. More importantly, it serves as a stepping-stone to your professional development and enables you to demonstrate your ability to perform at a higher level.

Projects can be completed either individually or in teams of up to 3 members (with the exception of internships). Each project is assigned a Supervisor and can take one of the following forms:

internship

Internship

Seize the opportunity to apply your talent in the industry, the job function or even the company you’re targeting for your post-MBA career.

business-plan-development

Business Plan Development

Take advantage of the Schools resources — including faculty — to design the business you want to start. Thanks to the d.school at École des Ponts — where d. stands for design thinking — and the Entrepreneurship Center at SBS-EM, MBA participants benefit from a unique ecosystem. They can elaborate their business ideas and business models, and finally gain access to investors and launch their business for real.

international-business-field-project

Consulting Project

Take part in a challenging consulting project carried out by a small team of MBA participants. You’ll have to solve a real-life business issue brought to us by international companies, ranging in subject from capital financing to product launching, business strategy to product chain management, etc. Participants define the detailed objectives and planning in accordance with the client and the School Faculty. It is also a remarkable chance to showcase participants’ abilities to potential recruiters, and offers participants a real-life arena in which to strengthen and consolidate their skills.

special-research-projects

Special Research Project

Get noticed by developing a new concept that can bring a sustainable competitive advantage in the business world. Your academic supervisor will help you selecting the best methodologies and further elaborate your research outcomes.

International study trips

Silicon valley

USA

With a focus on innovation, technology management and entrepreneurship, the US study trip takes you to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Get to meet leading technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship organizations, financial institutions, and local industry. The detailed program of this study trip includes a mix of academic lectures, visits to innovative companies (large and small), meetings with venture capitalists, high-profile guest speakers and business leaders as well as a visit to Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley.

Shangai

China

International business and cross-cultural management are the focus of our Asia study trip in Shanghai, China. The trip’s major objectives are to get a grounding into Chinese society, culture, and business life while studying current business issues in China for both Chinese and foreign companies. In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop contacts with SIMBA (Shanghai International MBA) participants, alumni, and businessmen. The program of the trip includes academic lectures, guest presentations and company visits.

Hong Kong

China

With a focus on the economic, social and political situation in East Asia (and a special attention on Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Macau), this course’s main objective is to let you see how business is done in East Asia. Built in partnership with HKU, the course-trip is an interesting mix of lectures delivered by the HKU faculty and business practitioners on issues such as the Hong Kong business model, the Chinese Business Environment, the Chinese Economic Miracle and the Employment and PR environment in HK; company visits and company presentations in Hong Kong, Macao and Southern China; visits to and presentations by Hong Kong government institutions; opportunities to network with HKU MBA participants and local business people.
Note

While Solvay Ponts MBA tuition fees cover all academic costs, a contribution of €1,500 is required to participate in any optional study trip. This contribution covers hotel accommodation, group meals, and local group transportation (airfare excluded).

TESTIMONIALS

Career advancement & personal development

To achieve your goals, you must first define what they are and then acquire the tools to obtain them. The Solvay Ponts MBA Program is at the forefront of career development, investing in a highly individualized career development program for its participants.

As part of our program you work with a dedicated team of executive career coaches from various industries and backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of our MBA team.

  • Career seminars
  • Power coaching
  • Guaranteed one-to-one time throughout the
    year with a professional coach

We provide you with the tools, personal insight and professional network which will best position you for career success post-MBA.

Some areas addressed in detail throughout the program include:

  • Career Audit
  • Changes in the Job Search Market
  • Personal Branding
  • Social Networks
  • Networking

Meet your professors

The Solvay Ponts MBA Faculty are both renowned international academics and business practitioners. The Faculty is recognized for its state-of-the-art business expertise offering continuous challenge and initiating new ideas and perspectives through active participation, class interaction and rigorous coursework.

VIEW THE FACULTY LIST OF SOLVAY BRUSSELS SCHOOL

The ENPC MBA Paris prides itself on the quality and experience of its teaching faculty. The faculty represents a remarkably diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds and ensures that all our program participants benefit from a plurality of perspectives, the most up-to-date and relevant academic concepts as well as their real-world applications in different business environments around the globe.

VIEW THE FACULTY LIST OF ENCP MBA PARIS

Global alumni network

alumni-networks-solvay-ponts-mba

By joining a Solvay Ponts MBA program, you will become a member of two powerful alumni communities totaling 35,000 members. Ponts Alliance and Solvay Schools Alumni offer a comprehensive range of services and networking opportunities in almost every country in the world. Additionally, as a participant and alumni of the Solvay Ponts MBA programs you gain access to the extended networks of ParisTech Alumni and ULB Alumni, totaling 285,000 members worldwide.
Alumni from the École des Ponts ParisTech and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management hold decision-making positions in all types of industries in Europe and around the world. Six alumni from our Schools are CEOs of some of the world’s Fortune 500 companies: Adecco, CNP, Eiffage, Thales Group, Vinci and Veolia Environnement!

As a Ponts Alliance and Solvay Schools Alumni member you can benefit from::

  • Career advice and workshops
  • Benefit from access to member-restricted job-boards
  • Online and paper-based alumni directories
  • International and local alumni get-togethers and networking events
  • Conferences and professional workshops
  • Business angels groups and support to entrepreneurs
  • Newsletters
  • Eligibility to privileged bank guarantees and relief funds

Who do we work with?

The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and the École des Ponts ParisTech have a longstanding tradition of collaborating with leading international companies. The corporate world takes an active part in both schools’ governance and academic design, and values the contribution of our graduates and faculty to their strategic projects as well as to their day-to-day operations. School-Company partnerships cover three major domains: hiring, training and innovation.

Partners of École des Ponts ParisTech and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management include:

Admissions

Process

To make your application easier, we have developed an:

Online application tool

Admissions are considered on a rolling basis. However, it is advisable to send your application as soon as possible for various reasons. First of all, availability within the next class is limited. Applications will not be processed, however, until all required documents have reached us.

You might need a visa or there may be certain administrative formalities that take time to complete. If you are not an EU citizen, the student visa procedure might take a few weeks or even a few months depending on your country of origin.

We require a promising GMAT or GRE score. Admission with a GMAT score below 550 is unlikely. In exceptional cases, outstanding academic credentials, unique work experience, or other relevant information may compensate for a lower GMAT score.

Alternatively, you can take our internal test, which can either be organized on-campus or online.

Once your file has been completed and reviewed by our admissions team, you will be invited to a final interview at the school or via Skype.

 

Requirements

As an Applicant you are required to have:

significant and valuable work experience (3 years minimum)
a desire to work in an international environment and be open to diversity
an outstanding academic record (Master level)
ambition
proficiency in business English
leadership skills and diligence, coupled with the ability to work under stress

We aim to create a community of participants that will contribute to the diversity and uniqueness of the MBA program. Therefore, the Admission Committee will meticulously examine the biographical and academic background information, GMAT score, achievements, awards and honors, employment history, and letters of recommendation.

The application form should be completed with:

Applications deadline

August 31st, 2016

Apply online now

Practical information

École des Ponts Business School
6 et 8, avenue Blaise Pascal
Cité Descartes – Champs-sur-Marne
77455 Marne-la-Vallee Cedex 2 – France
Directions

Email : info@enpcmbaparis.com
Tel : +33 1 641 522 12

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Campus du Solbosch
Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 42
B-1050 Brussels – Belgium
Directions

Email : mba.admissions@solvay.edu
Tel : +32 2 650 66 73

financing options

Making the choice to pursue an MBA is an important investment that requires thought as to how to best finance your program both in terms of tuition fees and cost of living expenses. As every individual is unique in terms of situation, opportunities and needs, our Admissions Team will be happy to assist you in the elaboration of your financing mix.

In addition to finding a short description of the main financing options below, you may also download a comprehensive, up-to-date document gathering tips, sources and advice.

Please note that many financing schemes are time-sensitive and may require planning six months or more before your program starts.

Common MBA financing options

Company sponsorship and/or funding

Depending on company policy, employers can finance all or part of MBA tuition fees. It is rare today that an employer agrees to finance an MBA in full, but it is not unheard of. More often, you can negotiate a significant contribution to your tuition fees. In addition, some companies offer corporate scholarships.

Student Loans

This is the most common source of financing for MBA programs. The Solvay Ponts Admissions Team has negotiated preferred rates and packages with leading European banks for all participants that meet the banks’ criteria, such as providing a loan guarantor.

Tax Reduction

In many countries an MBA is considered a tax-deductible expense.

French Government Scholarships

Available through the Campus France network or your local French Embassy, they are primarily aimed at attracting quality graduate students. Beneficiaries are selected on the basis of academic criteria.

Funding by Country

Every country has scholarship and funding options and you should contact institutions in your country to check for available opportunities. Some online platforms help students to obtain information about different scholarships, grants, financial aid across the globe. In France, for instance, professionals can benefit from an individual right to training (DIF/CPF) and support from a joint labor/management fund (FONGECIF).

Solvay Ponts specific options

Early Bird

Candidates enrolling before the 31st of May benefit from a 10% reduction on their tuition fees.

Solvay Ponts Scholarships

In order to promote diversity in the classroom, academic excellence and equal access to learning opportunities for all, we offer several scholarship schemes for candidates meeting all admissions criteria. They consist in a tuition fees reduction of up to 50% and are attributed on the basis of both merit and financial needs: candidates living in Western Europe – or countries with an equivalent standard of living – can only benefit from scholarships of up to 25%. Solvay Ponts scholarship schemes include:

  • Excellence & Leadership
  • Cross-cultural Diversity
  • Women in Business
  • Professionals with Disabilities
  • Senior Professionals

Honor Loans

A limited number of honor loans for up to 50% of total tuition fees is also available. Attribution is based on an application file depicting merit, financial need and the specific situation and good standing of the applicant.

Discounts

Alumni and staff from ParisTech and Université Libre de Bruxelles may claim a discount on their tuition fees. Discounts are also available for partnering organizations and companies, as well as members of NGOs who self-finance.

contact

Choosing to follow a Solvay Ponts MBA program is a major decision. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

Our Admissions Team in Paris and Brussels offers you a number of opportunities to get to know the Solvay Ponts MBA programs and ask your personal questions, either before or in parallel with your application.

You may choose one or several contact methods, according to your own questions, interests and availability:

  • Open Days, Master Classes, Information Sessions & Webinars
  • Sit-in on a course
  • Pre-Application assessment and individual counseling

ChiaraBatestilli

BRUSSELS

Ms. Anna Calgaro
mba.admissions@solvay.edu
Tel : +32 2 650 66 73

KatalineBoubet

PARIS

Ms. Kataline Boubet
info@enpcmbaparis.com
Tel : +33 1 641 522 12