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ESDES Lyon Business School

ESDES Lyon Business School

ESDES Lyon Business School


Created in 1987 within the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy) Esdes (School for Social and Economic Development) is a post-baccalaureate school of management, a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. Esdes is engaged in the process of international accreditation with EPAS and AACSB.

Its vocation is to train managers and entrepreneurs, able to create and manage sustainable governance for the rise of a responsible economy. Collective performance, citizenship, and openness are the values carried out by Esdes.


3 programs:

  • Master's Degree in Management (PGE) in 5 years
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business in 3 years French 3 & English 1 track.
  • Master's Degree in Management in 2 years French 3 & English 4 track.
  • Training for the DSCG diploma

Esdes is the Business School of UCLy (Catholic University of Lyon). The School therefore enjoys the resources and facilities of an international university, two campuses in Lyon and Annecy, and exchanges between the five faculties and five professional schools. This offers Esdes students original ways of accessing backgrounds that are complementary to the managerial aspect of their education. The result: unique profiles with cross-disciplinary skills that are sought-after by companies.

Key figures

1,400 students, 50 permanent faculties including 35 teacher-researchers and 160 professionals involved in the curriculum.



Esdes joins the top 80 of the world's best Masters in Management in the Financial Times 2023 ranking !

Esdes' Master in management has improved its position in the Financial Times world's 100 best Masters in Management ranking, moving up 3 places to 78th position, after a remarkable entry last year. Esdes' inclusion in this prestigious ranking for the second year running underlines the quality of its Master in Management and the professional integration of its graduates. (+39% salary increase in 3 years for alumni)

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  • Lyon

    ESDES 10 place des archives 69002 Lyon France, , Lyon