The MSc in Lean Operations Management is a foremost and innovative program designed to give you a specialist insight into the area of Lean Management, a way for you to become highly competent on how to contribute both effectively and efficiently to continuous improvement and transformation initiatives that appear more and more within the industrial and service. Thus to accelerate your access to key positions of responsibility in companies and organizations.

Through a one-year training program, which combines the theoretical and practical course-work focused on innovative management, you will be equipped with the necessary tools to broaden your skills to face your professional challenges with confidence. By sharing your experience in a multicultural class, in contact with internationally recognized professional instructors and faculties, you will gain a great capacity for the global market and open up to new horizons of career opportunities.

Key points

  • Duration: 18 months including 4-6 months of internship or professional experience
  • Intake: once a year in September
  • Mode: Full time
  • 472 hours from October to May
  • From June to December: Master Thesis and 4-6 months minimum of professional experience: internship or job in France or abroad
  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Language: entirely taught in English
  • Certified by the label “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles”
  • Location: Montpellier Business School campus
  • Tuition fees: 13 900 €


  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • English test: a minimum score of TOEFL 80/120 or TOEIC 785/990 or IELTS 6/9 or M.B.S. English test B2 (free)
  • Relevant professional goals

Admission process

  • You will have to complete the online application form (which can be saved and completed over time)
  • Selected applicants will be scheduled for admission interviews via videoconference or at Montpellier Business School

Requested documents

  • Copy of passport
  • One passport photograph
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Copies of highest diploma obtained
  • Copies of transcripts of records from the past three years. Please provide an English translation of your documents if they are written in other languages than French and English
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: minimum score of TOEFL 80/120, IELTS 6/9 or TOEIC 785/990 or Montpellier Business School English test (free) B2. Candidates with previous English studies are exempted.


  • Online registration: From October 8th, 2018 to July 2019
  • Deadline for registration:
    • July 1st, 2019 for non-EU applicants
    • July 31st, 2019 for EU applicants

Job opportunities

  • Customer Experience Director
  • Quality Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Business Unit Director
  • Operational Excellence Director
  • Innovation Manager
  • Change Management Consultant
  • Lean Manager


The objectives of the program are to enable students to :

  • Focus on customers’ needs by identifying their expectations translated into measurable requirements;
  • Rely on various structured approaches (Lean Operations Management, Six Sigma) to improve organizational processes by removing wastes and non-value added activities;
  • Prepare and facilitate with enthusiasm and dynamism improvement workshops (Kaizen events) by engaging stakeholders;
  • Lead and support change through continuous improvement initiatives while assuring the process of implementation within quality and time constraints;
  • Formalize management practices identified during Kaizen workshops into work procedures
  • Rearrange the workplace to facilitate continuous improvement (5S approach);
  • Develop managerial skills on how to engage colleagues on improvement matters;
  • Master and communicate quality management tools within the organization;
  • Efficiently communicate improvement and transformation milestones;
  • Set up performance measurement indicators to track improvement activities;
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement at various levels in an organization (e.g. voice of the customer, valuable processes).

Why choose this program?

  • Top level faculty
  • An innovative pedagogical method
  • A truly international environment
  • An excellent employability rate for our M.B.S. graduates: 70% of students from our programs are hired BEFORE they even graduate
  • Unrivaled networking opportunities
  • An AACSB, EPAS and AMBA accredited School

Program courses (1rst and 2nd semester)

Module 1: Processes

Advanced Operations & Supply Chain Management

  • In this course, students will learn to design, manage and improve processes in order to create and deliver valuable goods and services to meet and exceed clients’ expectations. Students will understand management issues associated with decision-making processes that Operations and Supply Chain managers face in today’s global society.

Lean Operations Management

  • Students will examine the philosophy and key principles of Operational Excellence, learn how to map value streams in order to identify and eliminate waste within organizational processes, and become familiarised with the creation of a continuous improvement culture.


  • This course will allow students to review the fundamentals of statistics applied to management and prepare them to better understand the Lean Six Sigma approach. Students will be able to carry out any basic statistical study: how to sample, how to analyze the samples, and how to process data by statistical tools.

Operational Excellence & Digital Transformation

  • Throughout this course, students will analyze real business initiatives in the areas of operational excellence and digital transformation, in order to understand the associated challenges and learn managerial insights from them. In addition, students will understand how digital transformation leads to new business models, modifies value chains, and causes changes more disruptive and rapid changes than ever before.

Lean Six Sigma

  • This course introduces the principles, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and highlights the broad implications related to strategic management issues and how the Lean Six Sigma impacts continuous improvement programs within organizations.
  • The D.M.A.I.C. (Define / Measure / Analyse / Improve / Control) methodology, the use of statistics to support managerial decisions (SPC Statistical Process Control method), and the importance of data collection and data analysis for process improvements in the context of industrial and service organizations will also be covered.

Module 2: Change

Digital Change

  • This course focuses on the main issues that a company must address in order to successfully achieve its digital transformation, as well as the organizational and cultural aspects that often lead to unsuccessful transformations. Based on various examples, this course places special emphasis on transformations that are caused by advanced digital technologies. We discuss how these transformations require managers to have a sound understanding of digital culture to enable them to make organizational, management and marketing decisions.

Communication & Team Management

  • The course’s motto is “Working better together”. The objective is to improve students’ communication skills at business meetings and to improve the effectiveness of work within teams. To this end, the course covers the following topics: team-building (team building, group dynamics, intercultural management) and communication skills during group work (participation in meetings, interpersonal communication, crisis communication).
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Last updated March 13, 2019
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13,900 EUR
July 1, 2019
July 1st, 2019 for non-EU applicants; July 31st, 2019 for EU applicants
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