Master's Programmes

Continuing your education is an important step on your career journey. This page contains useful information as you transition from your bachelor's to master's studies.

This page is designed for current ESCP Bachelor in Management students who are considering doing a master's degree after graduation.

Learn about ESCP Master's Programmes here.

# Master Programmes Overview

Search Questions


Action Plan




# Search Questions

Deciding to do a master's programme - whether now or in a few years - is a big decision that you should consider carefully.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself  if you're deciding whether to pursue a master's degree:

  • What do I want to do professionally?
  • Do I need a master’s degree for my ideal career?
  • How important is a master’s degree vs. professional experience for my ideal career?
  • Which skills do I still need to develop for my ideal job? How will I get these skills (graduate school, job, etc)?
  • What added value does a master's degree bring to my job applications?

Have you already decided to pursue a master's degree? Here are questions to keep in mind as you look for specific programmes:

  • Which skills do I still need to develop for my ideal job? How will this specific graduate programme help me achieve this?
  • What kinds of courses does this programme offer? Do they complement my learning style and needs?
  • Which additional skill-development opportunities does this programme and/or university offer? Examples include student societies, corporate events, conferences and alumni networking opportunities.
  • Which support will this graduate programme provide to their students? Examples include career, financial, well-being and academic.
  • Which costs are associated with doing this programme? Which funding opportunities does this programme offer?

# Action Plan

Once you have a better sense of your graduate school plans, it's action time!

We highly encourage you to make an action plan to organize yourself and to keep track of the steps you need to take for your application.


Tips for a Successful Action Plan


  • Start making your plan as early as possible - ideally during your second bachelor year! This way you have more time to prepare yourself. 
  • Write down your top 2-3 graduate school preferences (field, location, curricular content). Use that to start your graduate school search and expand if you are stuck.
  • Research country-specific graduate school application procedures early. Some countries (ex: UK, US) have early application deadlines;  others (ex: Germany) have later application deadlines. Be aware that some countries may have earlier deadlines for non-citizens (primarily for visa and residence permit purposes).
  • Figure out if you need admissions tests (ex: GMAT, GRE) and reserve a test spot early. Allow enough time for studying.
  • Research required application materials and start assembling them.
  • Participate in virtual and/or in-person recruitment events. Reach out to admissions staff and/or current students.
  • Keep track of deadlines and recruitment events on a calendar. 
  • Apply early so you have enough time to write your application materials. Make sure you balance applications with other important commitments (classes, exams etc.).
  • Discuss your plans with your career advisor.


Each graduate programme, university and country have their own admissions policies and procedures. We strongly encourage you to be aware of and meet these requirements. You can use this general information as a starting point, and then research application standards for specific programmes and/or countries.

# General Application Timeline

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Bachelor 2
Bachelor 2/3
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Explore your interests

Think about your post-graduate plans

Narrow down your
master's programme preferences

Visit campuses,
study for/take admissions exams (ex: GMAT),
figure out next steps for fall

Apply for programmes with fall deadlines (ex: UK, US),
assemble application materials

Apply for programmes with late application deadlines (ex: Germany)

# Application Materials

Exact application materials vary from programme to programme. Check each programme early closely for specific application materials and to allow yourself enough time to assemble them.

Generally graduate school applications include:



The most common application exam for business schools is the GMAT. Other tests include the GRE (US) and programme-specific admissions exams.

Exams may only be offered on limited dates - it is important to look into and sign up for these early.


An academic transcript is an official record of your courses, grades and enrollment at a specific education institution.

The Bachelor Office at ESCP issues transcripts; contact them at for more information.


Your curriculum vitae (CV) gives an overview of your academic, professional and extracurricular achievements. Your CV for your master's programme applications should focus on your academics and relevant experiences for your master's programme (e.g. if you are applying for a marketing programme highlight marketing experience). Our CV page has several general and Germany-specific tips to help you out.

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Reference letters are generally written by an instructor or supervisor who can validate your academic skills and interests. Each programme has their own requirements on who can write this reference so research this early!

Here are our tips for a good reference letter:

- Ask an instructor who knows you well. Ideally this instructor should work in a related field to your graduate programme.

- Ask your instructor early to allow them enough time to write a good reference letter.

- Provide clear instructions on letter submission deadlines and procedures (from the application).

- Share your plans and application materials so your instructor has a better sense of your application.

- Thank your instructor.


A motivation letter describes your interest in and fit for a specific master's programme. This brief tailored letter is a crucial pitch to set you apart from other applicants. Check out this guide for more information.

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Your master's programme may require proof of a specific language level. This proof may vary from programme to programme so research this closely.

If you need to take a language level test plan accordingly and early, since test dates may be limited.

# ESCP Alumni

Every year roughly 50% of ESCP Bachelor in Management graduates start graduate school directly after graduation. The other 50% directly enter the workforce with many choosing to start graduate school at a later date.

Here is an overview of the graduate programmes and disciplines ESCP Bachelor in Management graduates have entered, as well as tips from ESCP alumni.

Keep in mind your journey to graduate school and beyond is a personal choice. It's important to select your personal criteria and preferences independent of those of your peers. We highly encourage you to explore the programmes listed and others.


  • IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)
  • Imperial College London (London, UK)
  • ESSEC Business School (Paris, France)
  • Kings College London (London, UK)
  • ESCP Business School (various locations)
  • Bocconi University (Milan, Italy)
  • Sciences Po (Paris, France)
  • Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Panthéon-Assas University Paris II (Paris, France)
  • London Business School (London, UK)
  • ESADE (Barcelona, Spain)


  • Management
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Marketing
  • International Relations
  • Economics
  • Data Sciences
  • Climate Change & Sustainability
  • Arts & Cultural Management
  • Digital & Visual Media
  • Law

# Resources


# Your Contacts

Alexandra Thielicke

Post Study Affairs Manager,
Bachelors in Management
+49 30 32007-185

Contact Alexandra for:

  • ESCP documentation (ex: transcripts, proof of enrollment)
Julia Apple

Program Manager,
Bachelors in Management
+49 30 32007-172

Contact Julia for:

  • ESCP internship validation
Master's programme officer

Contact programme officers for:

  • programme-specific questions
  • information on application materials and procedures
  • (virtual) campus visits

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