External Double Degree: ESADE + Partner University


ESADE students enrolled on any of our MSc programmes can opt to spend an entire second year at one of the following prestigious universities around the world and achieve an official degree from both institutions. Graduates benefit from better career opportunities and both partners' alumni associations. Please note that this option is not available for MSc in Global Strategic Management.

• Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi (Italy)

• Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

• Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (Brazil)

• HEC Paris (France) – only for students completing a Bachelor's degree at ESADE

• Queen’s School of Business (Canada)

• University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)

• Aalto University (Finland) – only for MIE students


The admissions process for the Double Degrees is carried out while enrolled in an ESADE MSc in Management Programme.

This programme is exclusively for students with an excellent academic transcript. Selection criteria give preference to students' average marks in core courses.

• Online application: around February

• Online confirmation: around March

• Reconfirmation: around March (payment of reservation fee)

Programme fee: €16,200

Please note, that if you have applied to Partner University directly, you cannot apply again to the partner University for a Double Degree Programme.
Partner Universities have the right to reject the nominated candidates.
ESADE can request a preliminary check with the desired partner school about the admission requirements. If you are in doubt about fulfilling your admission requirements to a certain Partner school, please contact Double degree programme manager.




Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Master's programmes in English:

• International Management
• Management
• Marketing Management
• Finance
• Accounting, Control and Financial Management
• Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology

Master's programmes in Italian:

• General Management
• Marketing Management


• English C1 (BEC Higher, ICFE, ILEC, TOEFL (100 IBT), IELTS, CPE, CAE
If the student is an English native speaker, he/she will have to choose French, German or Spanish (exit level B2 or C1) AND Italian. 

• Italian A2 - to be achieved before finalising the Master. Bocconi offers an Italian summer course for all students with a knowledge of Italian below the A2 level (registration fee €160). 
If the student is an Italian native speaker he/she can decide between French, German and Spanish (exit level B1 or B2) 

• Students with an Italian Bachelor's degree cannot apply for Bocconi's Double Degree programmes. 

• One Master's degree project for both institutions.

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Master's programmes:

• MSc Accounting & Financial Management
• MSc Business Information Management
• MSc Global Business & Stakeholder Management
• MSc Human Resource Management
• MSc Management of Innovation
• MSc Marketing Management
• MSc Organizational Change & Consulting
• MSc Strategic Management
• MSc in Finance & Investments
• MSc in Supply Chain Management  


• Students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree containing a minimum of 60 ECTS in qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics and advanced courses in business administration and information management, or management, business, human resources modules, depending on which Master programme they are applying to. 
• RSM only accepts students who have done their bachelor studies in Accredited Research University.

• For applicants with a bachelor degree from the People's Republic of China, please note that RSM accepts degrees issued by a so-called "Project 211 university" (211工程), initiated by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China. They also accept degrees issued from a selected group of Chinese universities outside the Project 211 list.

• GPA equivalent to a 7 out 10 in the Dutch education system.

• GMAT minimum score of 600.


University of St Gallen

Master's programmes in English

• Accounting and Finance
• Banking and Finance
• Economics
• Marketing, Service and Communication Management 
• Strategy and International Management (SIM)
• Quantitative Economics and Finance

Master's programmes in German

• Accounting and Finance
• Business Innovation
• Business Management
• Economics 
• Marketing, Services and Communication Management


• One Master's degree project for both institutions.
•  St Gallen does not accept Swiss nationals.
•  St Gallen does not accept Swiss, Liechtenstein, German or Austrian nationals or native German speakers to SIM programme.
•  Students must have completed bachelor degree in Accredited Research University, preferably in business related programmes.
•  Students with non-business background must have minimum of 40 ECTS completed in core business courses.

For  programmes in English:

English C1/C2 (100 TOEFL, 7.0 IELTS, Cambridge Proficiency - C or above, Cambridge Advanced - B or above).

For programmes in German:

German C1 (commercial exam)

HEC Paris

Master's programmes in English:

• Finance 
• Managerial and Financial Economics 
• Marketing
• International Business 

Master's programmes in French:

• Entrepreneurship 
• Strategy & Media 


For Master's programmes in English

English C1 (100 TOEFL, 7.0 IELTS)

French B1 - to be achieved before obtaining the Master's degree.

For programmes in French

French C1 (Diplôme de Français des Affaires (DFA 2) at C1 level and other commercial tests )
• HEC does not accept students with French nationality or students who completed their BAC in France.
• One Master's degree project for both institutions

• HEC only accepts students who have completed their Bachelor's degrees at ESADE, due to legislative changes regarding Grand École degrees.

Fundaçao Getulio Vargas

Master's programmes

Master in International Management


• English C1 or higher (TOEFL 100+, IELTS 7.0+, TOEIC 900+ or Cambridge Advanced with a B or higher).

• Bachelor's degree in business, administration, management or similar.

• Students who hold a Bachelor degree from another university must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above and a GMAT score of 650 or higher.

• One Master's degree project for both institutions.

Aalto University

Master's programme

International Design and Business Management IDBM

ESADE Master's in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MIE) students have the opportunity to join the 1st year IDBM programme at Aalto University in Helsinki (Finland), extending their studies by a further year and enjoying a new international experience. Those who choose this option will achieve a prestigious double Master’s from both ESADE and Aalto by presenting their IDBM Master’s Thesis at our Finnish partner school (60 ECTS).

The Master's degree project carried out during the ESADE MIE programme (10 ECTS) will serve as the preparatory work for the Aalto IDBM - Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)



Aalto requires official English proficiency certificate and the following certificates are accepted:

• IELTS (Academic IELTS only): Overall Band Score: 6.5 and Writing Band Score: 5.5
• Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): Total score: 59 and Writing score: 50

• TOEFL (IBT = Internet Based Test, PBT = Paper Based Test) - Total score: 92 (IBT), 580 (PBT) and Writing score: 22 (IBT), 4.0 (PBT)

  • CAE/CPE (CAE = Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, CPE = Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) - Grades A, B, C
IELTS, TOEFL and PTE results are valid for two years starting from the test date. Thus the oldest acceptable test date during the 2017 application period is 15 December 2014. The CAE and CPE results do not have an expiration date.


A language proficiency test is not required from the following applicants whose higher education degree and the requisite studies have been taken at:

• a university or a polytechnic (university of applied sciences, ammattikorkeakoulu) in Finland in Finnish, Swedish or English.

• a university or a polytechnic in an EU/EEA country in English. In this case, the whole degree must be completed in English. The language of the degree must be stated in the degree certificate or its appendix, or in the transcript of records or other official document, such as diploma supplement, issued by the higher education institution in question.

• an English-medium programme requiring physical on-site presence at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.

  • If the degree includes studies from some other institution, the studies must also have been taken in English in a country and institution where the completed studies exempt the student from taking an English language test. However, this does not apply to degree studies completed during a student exchange.
Queen's School of Business

Master's programmes:

Master of Global Management



English C1 or higher (TOEFL 88)

Two Master's degree projects are required: A group project at Queen's and an individual project at ESADE.