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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.

 

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

Candidates are asked to have a strong interest in technology. Naturally, we receive applications from engineers; however this is not a criterion for applying to the program. Candidates from business schools, lawyers, doctors, or applicants working in various business sectors are encouraged to join the program. Our goal is that each intake is as diverse as possible. Even if the initial diploma is taken into account, the professional experience as well as the candidate’s project are just as important.

 

How does the program take place?

This program format consists of 12 modules of 1 week each (9 in France and 3 abroad) spread out over 14 months. The 9 modules in France and the one in Europe last 4 days, whereas the modules in Asia and the USA last 5 days. Each module starts on Sunday night and end on the following Friday night. This allows participants to join our cutting edge program while working full time.

 

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 train leaders, from all sectors and organizations, capable of designing, deploying and managing in an international perspective, with a strong technological dimension.

 

The tuition fees seem to be quite high, why?

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?

The program is a master degree, which means participation in all the organized activities is mandatory. This represents a factor of success as well as personal and collective enrichment. The exact rules are reported in the « Executive Master Handbook » that will be given to each participant.

 

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 in the École Polytechnique campus and in various sites of the « Plateau de Saclay » and Ile-de-France. For the 2017/2018 intake, the module in Germany will happen at TU Munich (TUM) , the one in the US at Berkeley and in Shanghai for the one in Asia.

 

Who are the speakers?

Most of them are teachers-researchers of École Polytechnique and from higher education partners of the school. The goal is to give participants direct access to cutting-edge research so we directly asked the ones in charge to present it. This implies a strong synthesis work and a specific pedagogical approach that are adapted to each subject (case studies, visits of a laboratory, experimentation, etc.). Some other topics (team building, coaching, communication, etc.) will be done by specialized consultants .

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 requires an important work as well as being available for each module, but our goal is above all to offer a stimulating experience to each participant. Social events will be organized for each module and we also count on personal initiatives to suggest exciting activities.

 

The group project seems to be an important part of the Executive Master. Why is this so?

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.). This will be presented more precisely during the first module and guided all along the program. Several days will be dedicated to this project so that each team can share their progress. Each team will be guided by a specific tutor.