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Master in Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance

Ecole Polytechnique
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Graduate Degree in Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance

These days, technology has permeated every part of the economy. The frantic pace at which this innovation is occurring can result in disruption at any level of industry. Consider the rise of Uber and Airbnb and their shake-up of the transport and hospitality sectors to understand how corporate giants can suddenly find themselves on the decline when they are outpaced by new technologies.

This master's degree in Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance Graduate Degree has been developed based on École Polytechnique’s world-class record of excellence in the applied sciences. By enrolling in this program, you get the unique opportunity to understand the new and transforming markets in 21st century industry from an economics-based strategic viewpoint.

In order to come up with strategies, participants will learn quantitative methods, such as statistics and econometrics, which can make sense of the high speed at which these new markets evolve and operate. These methods are key in analyzing competitive environments under conditions of uncertainty, particularly since we are in the era of big data.

The Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance Graduate Degree is based on this strong foundation that will prepare students to embrace these new challenges head on.

Admission requirements

Application deadlines for an entry in September 2021 are:

  • Round 1: 4th Nov 2020 to 4th Dec 2020
  • Round 2: 12th Jan 2021 to 12th March 2021
  • Round 3: 23rd March 2021 to 23rd April 2021

Please visit our website for full admission requirements.

Following the École Polytechnique’s tradition of excellence in the applied sciences, the Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance Master builds on your scientific training to provide an economics-based understanding of strategy and competition. The program is primarily intended for students with comprehensive Mathematical and Economics training. However, it is open to students with a finance, or engineering background. Above all, a good command of mathematics is crucial to follow the highly quantitative-based approach of this Master's program. We especially welcome students who are open to international opportunities, regardless of their chosen area of study.

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Program content

The Program offers high-level classes taught by École Polytechnique's academic professors and researchers, as well as by professionals. Throughout the two years, the focus moves from academic classes and exams toward more project-oriented courses (data research, essay writing, etc.). Each year is divided into three trimesters, with the first two devoted to classes (9 weeks each), presentations and projects. The last trimester takes the form of an end-of-year internship.

Year 1 of the program involves principally theory-based teaching, focusing on fundamentals and methodologies of the disciplines studied, and finishing with a four-month internship period.

In year 2, students follow an in-depth curriculum with applied courses. A six-month internship then forms the final chapter of the program.

Each week, students attend three to four science classes and a personal development class (management, languages, civilization, sport). In addition to the academic classes with professors, our students regularly attend lecture series given by guest professionals, during which they are occasionally required to make presentations. Each trimester, students take:

  • Mandatory courses in microeconomics
  • Mandatory courses in econometrics or data analytics
  • Mandatory courses in corporate finance
  • One extra elective course
  • Classes in sports, languages, social sciences and management

Tuition fees

The cost of this program is €12500 per year


Graduates of this program will receive a master's degree in Economics, Data Analytics and Corporate Finance

Career opportunities

The EDACF Master opens the door to wide range of professional opportunities. Corporate Finance, Consulting, and strategy management are just a few of the career paths our students can choose:


The Program offers many opportunities in corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, investment funds and business ventures (students take specialized classes in start-up valuation).


Our graduates are also hired by consulting firms. They receive training in both economic strategy analysis—particularly through an in-depth course in industrial economics—and data science studies geared towards the needs of consulting firms.


Our students are given a strong technical base in data science, with a number of them going on to become big data experts, working across a variety of fields. Some of them become strategic data analysts in a consulting company, while others opt for professions in industry, or in marketing. For many, the natural choice is to become a data analyst, but our students are also fully qualified for strategy-oriented careers. A position in strategy management within a company is therefore a logical medium- to long-term career choice.

Graduates of the Program can easily join any type of company, from start-ups to multinational corporations, in fields such as digital transformation, data science and strategy.

Of course, students also have the opportunity to pursue PhD study after completing their Master’s.

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Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique: A Tradition of Scientific Excellence

Located just 20 minutes from Paris the École Polytechnique, is the most prestigious engineering Grande Ecole in France. The university is supported by the state and has been operating since it was founded in 1794. The École educates the nation's scientific,...

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Why study at Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is a leading French institute that combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.

École Polytechnique, also known as l'X, is an historic institution. Founded in 1794, it holds a leading role in the French academic tradition – Poincaré, Ampère, Schwartz and Fresnel are just a few of the prestigious scientists to have studied here. Three French presidents, three Nobel Prizes (including Jean Tirole in 2014), one Fields Medalist and many illustrious CEOs like Citroën or Schlumberger, also walked the halls. However, no need to time travel to find proof of our academic excellence: our Alumni, researchers and professors receive prestigious awards and distinctions years after years.

Academic rankings demonstrate the competitiveness of École Polytechnique in France and abroad. Leader of scientific and technological institutes in France, l'X was also ranked 13th best European University in the QS university ranking 2015/16 thanks to our emphasis on innovative teaching methods and our continued presence at the forefront of French research. Our renowned Alumni, including numerous current CEOs of French and international companies, visit frequently and you will reap the benefits of having them share their knowledge in special seminars and conferences.

As part of our commitment to innovation, l'X has been the pioneer of MOOCs and e-learning in France, with several courses available on various platforms including Coursera and more under development.


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