Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics


Program Description

CentraleSupélec is one of the best engineering schools in the world and it has partnered with ESSEC Business School to provide a very innovative and comprehensive program. The program is proposed and coordinated by ESSEC Business School and Centrale-Supélec. You will study at both campuses (both in Paris) and reap the benefits of both schools.



The year is divided into trimesters:

  • Trimester 1 is dedicated to the compulsory foundation courses
  • Trimester 2 focuses on specialized courses in either business analytics or data sciences
  • Trimester 3 offers excellence courses on trending topics in the field

Compulsory foundation courses

From October to December, you will attend six core courses:

Courses offered at the ESSEC Business School Campus

Big data analytics This course will develop your analytical problem-solving skills and present you with the statistical methods needed to analyze and leverage multidimensional data.

Forecasting & Predictive Analytics This course develops your judgment and critical sense in order to be able to produce and evaluate operational forecasts, and understand how it all can go wrong.

Strategic Business Analytics This course will teach you to design, assess and manage business strategies and how to use quantitative techniques in a strategic consulting approach through real-life case studies.

Courses offered at the CentraleSupélec Campus

Continuous & Discrete Optimization Programming exercises are covered in this course as well as the basic theory and methods for the solution of optimization problems, and linear and non-linear programming.

Big Data Algorithms, Techniques & Platforms This course will teach you all about big data management - algorithms, techniques and tools needed to support big data processing.

Machine learning This course will give the opportunity to apply the course theory to real-world problems through group lab projects with a particular focus on statistical risk and its minimization with respect to prediction function.

Specialised track courses

From January to March, you may choose 6 elective courses from a list of 16 courses offered. 8 of these courses specialize in Data Sciences and are offered at the CentraleSupélec Campus. The other 8 electives specialize in Business Analytics and are offered at the ESSEC Business School Campus. Depending on your profile and career plans, you will be able to choose to specialize in either business analytics or data sciences: a program tailored to your specific wants and ambitions.

Learning by doing

The Data Sciences & Business Analytics program is built on the premise of learning by doing. That is to say, we don't want you to just theorize about your chosen field of expertise, but to experience it and to delve into the complexities of business life in the real world. That is why, all students will go an international field trip, do an internship and write an academic dissertation.

Your Internship, with a duration of 4 to 6 months, can take place anywhere in the world and is designed to facilitate students' professional integration. Through the developed network of ESSEC and of CentraleSupélec's partnering firms, institutions, and alumni, you are sure to easily find an internship that suits your career ambitions.

The Academic Dissertation is an individual research that you carry out on a cutting-edge topic related to data sciences and/or business analytics. It will be a great way for you to combine your built-up expertise with an inquisitive mindset and real-world data. The objective for you is to experience a first complete and original applied theoretical research experience.

Finally, the International Field Trip is a one-week trip to meet local professionals and business leaders all over the world. You may travel to Hong-Kong, Silicon Valley, etc.


Do I have the profile that fits?

  • have you graduated or will soon graduate from a top university/school with a strong degree (Bachelor/M1) in engineering, mathematics, statistics, business, economics, etc.?
  • do you have little or no graduate work experience?
  • do you have a good level of English and are wanting to study entirely in English in France?
  • are you looking to combine technical and managerial skills to become an expert and a leader?
  • are you a problem solver? intrigued by big data?
Last updated Mar 2019

About the School

Innovative, involved and international; ESSEC Business School, one of the leading institutions in Europe for business education, offers a unique learning experience that trains responsible leaders who ... Read More

Innovative, involved and international; ESSEC Business School, one of the leading institutions in Europe for business education, offers a unique learning experience that trains responsible leaders who are able to reinvent business. Accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA, ESSEC maintains a superior level of academic excellence that is recognized worldwide. Read less
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