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FAQ

 

How is this Executive Master different from an Executive MBA?

The State of the Art modules are a strong differentiating point. They cover the main technological areas that are at the center of a lot of today’s innovation. These modules are given by research professors from École polytechnique and other cutting-edge scientific institutions.
Like the EMBA, there are courses on core managerial skills but also numerous courses on innovation management, entrepreneurship, leadership and professional / personal development.

 

Is it possible to work during this program?

This program format consists of 12 modules of 1 week each (9 in France and 3 abroad) spread out over 14 months. This allows participants to join our cutting edge program while working full time.

 

École polytechnique is an engineering school; do you only accept applicants with this type of profile?

Anyone with a strong interest in technology are encouraged to apply. Candidates from business schools, as well as lawyers, doctors, researchers, military or applicants working in various business sectors help make our program as diverse as possible.

 

What is included in the tuition fees?

Our goal is to focus on the quality of the content and the participant experience. We also want to keep a strong interaction between participants and with École Polytechnique, which requires small groups of 35 to 40 participants maximum. Plus the tuition fees include other expenses like lunches, housing and organized meals or events for the three international modules, but transportation are at the expense of the candidate.

 

Is presence compulsory?

This program is a master's degree, which means participation in all the organized activities and events is mandatory. This represents a key factor for success as well as personal and collective enrichment.

 

During modules, do we have some free time to do some work for our company?

In theory, no. Of course there will probably be some free slots to answer emails in the evening, but each participant must make sure to be fully available during these modules (do not take time off for punctual meetings, calls, etc.). This is essential to succeed in the program.

 

Where do the classes will take place?

Modules in France will take place at École Polytechnique with a few days in Paris. Our past international modules took place in Germany with TU Munich (TUM) , in the US with Berkeley and in Shanghai.

 

Who are the professors?

Most of them are teachers-researchers of École Polytechnique. The goal is to give participants direct access to cutting-edge research. Some other topics (team building, coaching, communication, etc.) will be done by specialized consultants and business experts.

Here are some examples of our speakers:

Prof. Thomas Clausen : IoT
Professor in computer networking at École polytechnique, heading the Cisco endowed « Internet of Everything » academic chair.

Prof. Eric Moulines : Data Science
Professor in statistics at the Applied Mathematics Center of École polytechnique. Member of the Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Bernard Drévillon : Énergies Nouvelles
Pioneer of thin film physics and nanomaterials. Vice President of the Physics department of École polytechnique, Education Director at IPVF, CNRS Silver Medal in 1995.

Prof. Adbul Barakat : Biomedical Engineering
CNRS research director and professor of Mechanics and Biology at École polytechnique, heading the AXA Cardiovascular Cellular Engineering chair.

Prof. Thierry Gacoin : New Materials
CNRS research director, associate Professor in the Physics and Chemistry departments of Ecole polytechnique, heading the Solid State Chemistry Group of the Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory.

 

What will be the workload?

This master represents an important workload, however manageable, as well as being available for each module, but our goal is above all to offer a stimulating experience to each participant.

 

Why is the group project such an important part of the Executive Master?

The group project allows participants to concretely implement what they have learned on subjects that matter to them. These projects could be starting a new company, developing a new innovation for an existing company or a more « classical » strategic project (international expansion, acquisition, etc.).

 

What market opportunities do graduates have at the end of the program?

It really depends on the professional and personal projects of each participant. Based on the tradition of École polytechnique, the goal of the Executive Master is to develop leaders, from all sectors and organizations, capable of designing, deploying and managing in an international perspective, with a strong technological dimension.