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École polytechnique

Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance Master

The Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance Master provides students an economics-based understanding of strategy and competition. It focuses on the acquisition of two complementary skillsets: one applying to quantitative methods such as statistics, econometrics and research, and the other one to the sophisticated understanding of corporate strategy – all of these related to the competitive environments in new and transforming markets. Applicants will have the opportunity to get advanced technical know-how in various sectors including energy, telecommunications and transportation. This master is highly professional-oriented, relying on real-world case studies and students will benefit from the Ecole Polytechnique’s wide-reaching network of industrial partners.

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Entry requirement: 3 or 4-year degree in Economics and/or Mathematics
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Location: Paris-Saclay
Language: English
Selection: Application form + IELTS / TOEFL / Cambridge General English Tests




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The questions

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  • Marie-Laure Allain - Professor at Ecole Polytechnique
  • Dmitry Pastukhov - Student of the programme
  • 00:18

    The Pitch


    The program presentation on your site reads like a doctoral thesis. What’s the ratio of theory to practice?


    How many of your students are French or from other countries?


    What is the typical profile and background you are looking for? Mathematicians? Engineers? Economists?

  • 07:56

    Can you tell me about partnerships in the industry? How easy is it to find an internship? Where do internships typically take place?


    Dmitry: How easy is it to adapt to a French environment? Is there a lot of paperwork for a student from abroad?


    How important are math scores for admission? Mine are average, but I work hard.


    Three Words Max

  • 16:12

    Are scholarships or financial aids available?


    Is this degree accredited for international recognition outside the EU?


    The heavy focus on quantitative methods is expected. However is there any training in qualitative methods to infer and interpret data beyond the numbers?


    Hi Dmitry. Why did you choose Polytechnique for this program? Did you consider other schools?

  • 21:32

    Do you have campus housing?


    What is this degree actually for? Is it to work as a researcher, as a manager, as a financier?


    Your site says we will “be able to draw from our wellspring of advanced technical know-how in various sectors including energy, telecommunications and transportation.” Do we specialize?


    What kinds of business cases does this program incorporate to give us concrete experience?

  • 28:30

    The Expert Question


    The Expert Question: With recent news about potentially illegal exploitation of individual’s personal data, how does Polytechnique teach law and ethics pertaining to the harvest and use of data as it's relevant to this program?


    Do I need coding skills or programming knowledge to be successful in this program?


    I would specialise in finance. Is this program for me or are there too many courses that I will need to take that won't be useful for my career?

  • 32:15

    Is there time for extracurricular activities such as associations?


    Can you tell me more about the jobs graduates get with this program and their career path, please?


    Does the program have any modules or projects that develop soft skills?


    Are the courses given by professors at Ecole polytechnique or are they outsourced? Do you have courses given by academics only or also by professionals?

  • 37:33