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MBA with Specialization

MBA with Specialization

Batch Starts 30th Jun'2024

Abroad Intake Jan'2026

Key Benefits of the Program

  • INR22 Lakhs

    Significant savings of upto INR 22 Lakhs compared to studying full degree in France1

  • Upto60 Months

    Eligible for PGWP/Post Study Work/OPT visa application after graduation2

  • EUR75 K

    Average salary in France after completion of the course1


  • MBA Entrepreneurship & International Business Development
  • MBA Communication & Project Management

Program Structure and Fees

MBA with Specialization is a 23 months course where in the first 11 months you will be studying online with IMT Ghaziabad. Tuition fees for Online course is INR 4,50,000. For the next 12 months, you will be going to the France and studying on-campus at The American Business School. Tuition fees for The American Business School is approximately EUR 13,725. You will also have to incur approximately EUR 12,000 per annum as living costs in France.
  1. Country


    Course Name

    • Advanced General Management Program


    • Students who cleared their Bachelors with a minimum of 60% marks and above are eligible to apply

    Tuition Fees

    INR 4,50,000

    Cost of Living


    Mode of Teaching



    11 Months

  2. Country


    Course Name

    • MBA with Specialization


    • An aggregate score of 60% and above in the Advanced General Management Program by IMT Ghaziabad with a minimum of 60% in each course.
    • English Language Proficiency Test (EPT) - IELTS Score of >= 6.0.
    • Note - English Language waiver is granted if the learner achieved a 60% score in English in 10+2 and holds a Bachelor's Degree with English as the Medium of Instruction (MOI).

    Tuition Fees

    ~ EUR 13,725

    Cost of Living

    ~ EUR 12,000 per annum

    Mode of Teaching



    1 Year

Other Benefits

  • Dual certification - IMT Ghaziabad as well as ABS, France
  • ABS ranked #5 in the Specialized School category
  • ABS is 1st international business school for studying abroad as per L'Etudiant Magazine
  • ABS's business programs are accredited by France Competences
  • Eligible to apply for up to 5 years PSW after graduation
  • In-built TOEFL/IELTS prep to be provided by upGrad
  • World Class Faculty Members & Industry Experts
  • Dedicated Student Success Team
About IMT Ghaziabad
Established in 1980, Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad (IMT-G) is India’s premier management school and is the 4th business school in the country accredited by the coveted AACSB. Strategically located in Delhi-NCR region, IMTG has distinct focus on grooming leadership through innovation, execution, and social responsibility. IMT Ghaziaba is the proud alma mater of more than 300 C–suite executives. ...Read more
About The American Business School
American Business School (ABS) is a leading international business school founded in 1985. It is part of the IGS Group, a global education network with over 20 campuses in 10 countries. ABS is located in the heart of Paris, a vibrant and cosmopolitan city.ABS offers a unique educational experience that combines the best of American and Europeanbusiess education. The school's curriculum is based on the American education system, but it is taught in English by a faculty of experienced professionals from around the world. This creates a multicultural environment where students can learn from and interact with people from different cultures.ABS is committed to providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the global business world. The school's program is rigorous, but it is also flexible, allowing students to customize their education to meet their individual needs. ABS also offers an in-depth career development program that helps students find jobs after graduation.Here are some additional details about ABS:• 80% of the student body is international.This means that students from all over the world come to ABS to study business. This creates a truly global classroom where students can learn from and interact with people from different cultures.• ABS is accredited by the IACBE, a recognized accreditation body for business schools. ABS offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including BBA, MBA, and MSc programs.• ABS has a strong alumni network with over 10,000 members working in over 50 countries.• ABS is located in a prime location in Paris, close to the city's major attractions. ...Read more
About France
Studying in France for international students can be a transformative experience, and here are compelling reasons why it is the most popular non-English-speaking country for higher education.The French government prioritizes investment in higher education, allocating a substantial budget of over 29.25 billion euros for research and development in 222. With a network of more than 70 universities and a diverse range of programs spanning from science and engineering to fashion and design, France offers a robust educational landscape.Higher education in France is a system of over 3,500 public and private institutions, including universities, doctoral schools, engineering schools, business and management schools, post-secondary public schools of art, and more. Over 2.5 million students, including 12% from abroad, benefit from this system. There are also classes and programs in preparation for entry to the Grandes Ecoles, as well as courses taught in English, with more than 1,200 options available, which makes it a viable option for Indian students. Additionally, short programs are offered for foreign students to learn French through cultural visits.A degree from a French university is highly regarded internationally. According to the QS World University Rankings 2023, 32 French universities are ranked among the top 1,000 universities in the world.Throughout history, French universities have produced an impressive number of Nobel laureates, totaling over 72 across various disciplines such as physics, literature, and medicine.Cost of studying in France is also relatively affordable compared to other popular destinations like the United States and the United Kingdom. Public universities in France charge low tuition fees for both bachelor’s in France for Indian students & master’s in France for Indian students, and students can also benefit from a range of scholarships and grants to support their studies.Most higher education institutions in France are state-funded. Therefore, there is a nominal fee depending on the level of study. The average public university in France charges €170 per year for a bachelor’s degree, €243 for a master’s degree, €380 for a PhD and €601 to attend an engineering school for domestic students. For international undergraduate students, the fees would be €2,770 per year, €3,770 for postgraduate study and €380 per year for a PhD.France is known for its rich history, culture, and cuisine. Students can immerse themselves in the vibrant arts scene, explore beautiful architecture, and indulge in delicious food. The country also offers a high standard of living, with excellent healthcare, public transportation, and other amenities.Overall, studying in France offers a high-quality education, a range of program options, affordability, and a rich cultural experience. ...Read more

Career Opportunities


  • Business Development Director

    EUR 126,840 Annually 1

  • Import & Export Manager

    EUR 81,897 Annually 1

  • Partnerships Manager

    EUR 59,466 Annually 1

  • Communication Director

    EUR 88,628 Annually 1

  • Public Relations Director

    EUR 124,332 Annually 1

  • Project Manager

    EUR 55,803 Annually 1


IMT GhaziabadAdvanced General Management Program


The American Business SchoolMBA with Specialization

  • 300+

    Hours of Learning

  • 25+

    Live Sessions

  • 7+

    Case Study & Projects

  • 3+

    Tools & Softwares

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Curriculum

What is the scope of the MBA with a specialization program?

The MBA with specialization is an engaging yet rigorous 11 months online(with IMT-Ghaziabad) and 12-months on-campus (The American Business School, Paris) program designed for students to develop practical knowledge and skills, establish a professional network, and accelerate entry into the field of management, entrepreneurship and international business development. The student as part of this program will receive dual certification - an Advanced General Management Program from IMT Ghaziabad and a Master’s degree in MBA with specialization from American Business School, Paris.

What should I expect from an MBA with specialization?

American Business School's MBA with specialization program equips students with the skills needed to meet the high demand in the field of business. The curriculum focuses on essential areas such as management, ethics, strategic thinking, team building, and organizational culture. With diverse options, students can tailor their studies to align with their interests and career goals. Additionally, the program facilitates the development of a strong professional network, allowing students to connect with industry leaders. Graduates of the program can pursue rewarding careers as Business and management consultant, Human resources manager, Project manager or coordinator, Sales and marketing manager & Leadership coaching or development. Upon program completion, students also have the opportunity to apply for PSW in France, and receive support from American Business School Career Services to kick start their careers in France.

Which topics are going to be covered as part of the online coursework?

The programme will be delivered on a new technology platform to create a superior learning experience for participants who want to be on the cutting edge of the management. With this programme, IMT-G & American Business School, Paris together seek to develop the next generation of leaders. The topics that are going to be covered in the initial online program are Marketing Management, Business Communication, Accounting & Finance, Decision Sciences, Business Economics, OB, HR Legal, Sales & Distribution, Business Strategy, Supply Chain Management.

What type of learning experience should I expect from the online coursework?

The online learning experience will be a mix of interactive lectures from industry leaders as well as world-renowned faculty. Additionally, the program comprises live lectures dedicated to solving your academic queries and reinforcing learning. The on-campus learning experience will offer students the opportunity to engage directly with faculty.

Is any certification granted at the end of the program?3

Post successful completion of the online program, an Advanced General Management Program certificate would be awarded from IMT Ghaziabad and on completion of the on-campus degree program, a Master's degree in MBA with specialization shall be conferred upon by American Business School.

Can I sign up only for a few specific modules if I am interested in it?

No, the program is designed to be completed in its entirety, and cannot be taken as standalone modules.

About American Business School, France

Why should you pursue an MBA with specialization from American Business School, Paris ?

Below are the reasons why students should study MBA with specialization at ABS Paris:

MBA in Entrepreneurship & International Business Development

  • Upon program completion, students receive both an American MBA degree and a French diploma, providing a unique competitive edge in the job market. 
  • The MBA program offered by ABS strongly emphasizes entrepreneurship, making it a core component of the curriculum.
  • The MBA program is designed to nurture essential entrepreneurial qualities, such as creativity and innovation, which are crucial for success in the business world.
  • Through a comprehensive and specialized curriculum, ABS’s MBA equips students with the tools and mindset needed to excel in entrepreneurial ventures, empowering them to seize opportunities, drive innovation, and manage successful projects.
  • The first year of the MBA is specifically tailored to build upon the knowledge and experience gained from previous studies, providing students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
  • The second year offers the opportunity to gain specialized expertise in international business creation or acquisitions. This phase of the program focuses on providing in-depth knowledge and skills specifically tailored to succeed in the field of global entrepreneurship.
  • While pursuing MBA in entrepreneurship, students will have the invaluable chance to work with renowned global companies based in the vibrant French capital. 
  • Entrepreneurship & International Business Development graduates can pursue various career paths, such as Innovation Project Manager (€55,803/year), Business Developer (€46,000/year), Business Development Director (€126,840/year), Communication Director (€88,628/year), and International Business Development Consultant (€57,957/year).

MBA in Communication & Project Management

  • Upon program completion, students receive both an American MBA degree and a French diploma, providing a unique competitive edge in the job market. 
  • Designed for business professionals aiming to enhance their communication skills and become influential market leaders, this program focuses on communication and project management.
  • The program's first year combines advanced classes from the Bachelor of Business Administration and provides a personalized study program tailored to each student's academic background.
  • The program's second year emphasizes developing skills specifically related to international company creation or acquisition.
  • Students gain expertise in analyzing the challenges luxury brands face and staying updated with the latest media trends, empowering them to anticipate future transformations in the communication field.
  • The program emphasizes the significance of international trade and relations in the communication sector, preparing students to navigate global business environments effectively.
  • Communication & Project Management graduates can pursue various career paths, such as Business Developer (€46,000/year),  Import/Export Manager (€81,897/year), Public Relations Director (€124,332/year), and Partnerships Manager (€59,466).

Can international students work to pay for their educational expenses?

International students can work in France up to 964 hours per year, which is the equivalent of 60% of the standard working week. This means that you can work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during breaks. The minimum wage in France is €10.57 per hour, so you can earn a decent amount of money by working part-time in France. Working in France is a great way to supplement your income and help pay for your education. It is also a great way to experience French culture and make some new friends. If you are considering studying in France, we encourage you to look into the possibility of working part-time while you are there.

Will I be supported for TOEFL/IELTS/PTE or other English language exams during this program?

Yes, upGrad will help you prepare for the English proficiency test to establish your current English proficiency to be eligible for the Master's program in Paris.

When will I go to American Business School, Paris?

American Business School offers 2 intakes for students coming through the accelerator route. The first intake of the year will be the January (spring) intake and the second intake of the year will be September (Fall). Though the application process for American Business School will start during the IMT Ghaziabad online program, you will be able to go to American Business School in the nearest intake which is at least 6 months away from completion of your IMT Ghaziabad program.

When will I get an Offer Letter from American Business School?

upGrad will apply for you to American Business School once all the documents are provided by you (as given in the offer letter issued to you by upGrad). Apart from the documents mentioned in the offer letter of American Business School you will have to give proof of English proficiency for application of admission in American Business School. upGrad will support you to get your English proficiency scores within 3 months of the start of the batch to accelerate this process.

Selection Criteria

How do I know if the program is right for me?

  • Strong academic background is desirable, providing an advantage in the MBA with a specialization program.
  • The program caters to individuals aspiring for diverse career opportunities such as business consulting, project management, sales and marketing management, and leadership coaching.
  • Through a hands-on learning approach, the MBA with specialization program empowers learners to develop their unique leadership style, drive innovation, lead change, and achieve remarkable results within organizations.

Is there any minimum educational qualification required to take this program?

To be eligible for the program, the following criteria need to be fulfilled: 
For IMT Ghaziabad:
  • Students who cleared their Bachelors with a minimum of 60% marks and above are eligible to apply.
For American Business School:
  • An aggregate score of 60% and above in the Advanced General Management Program by IMT Ghaziabad with a minimum of 60% in each course.
  • English Language Proficiency Test (EPT) - IELTS Score of >= 6.0.
  • Note - English Language waiver is granted if the learner achieved a 60% score in English in 10+2 and holds a Bachelor's Degree with English as the Medium of Instruction (MOI).

Is work experience required for this course?

A relevant professional work experience is recommended but not mandatory.

What is the selection process for this program?

There are 4 simple steps in the Admission Process which is detailed as.
Step 1- Complete Application -Complete your application and submit the required details. The Admissions Committee will then review your application - which include your work experience & educational background.
Step 2- Apply for the Scholarship- Submit your Statement of Purpose to join an IMTG program.
Step 3- Get Shortlisted & Receive the Offer Letter- Upon qualifying, an Offer Letter will be sent to you confirming your admission to the course.
Step 4- Block your Seat - Block your seat with an initial payment of INR 25,000 to enroll into the Program. Begin your leadership journey.

What are the English proficiency requirements for applying to this program ?

Below are the requirements:
  • English Language Proficiency Test (EPT) - IELTS Score of >= 6.0. 
  • A minimum score of 60% in high school (10+2) and
  • A bachelor’s degree with an English medium of instruction.
  • Students will be also be assessed on their English proficiency during the interview conducted by The American Business School. 
*Subject to change, as per the Visa/University regulations for demonstration of English proficiency.

What are the list of documents required for the application ?

  • Scanned Copy of the Class 12th Transcript
  • Scanned Copy of the Undergraduate Transcript and Semester Marksheets
  • Scanned Copy of passport
  • Statement of Purpose (500-1000 words)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Academic/Professional)
  • Resume 
  • Medium of instruction citing English as the medium from the institution of your Undergraduate degree
  • Proof of English Proficiency

Time Commitment

What is the time commitment expected for the program?

At least 12-15 hours per week of time commitment is expected to be able to complete this program.

How will my doubts/questions be addressed in an online program?

Peer-to-peer discussion forum where you can post your queries and your peers/faculty/teaching assistants answer your queries within a day. Regular Q&A sessions with faculty to get clarification on conceptual doubts.


No cost CC EMI FAQ's

0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank, State Bank of India, CITIBANK and HSBC)

2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?
Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

5. Are there any fees or down payment?
Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
[Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

Refund Policy

Is there any deferral or refund policy for this programme?

Refund Policy: (Programs with prep-session component)  
  • Students must pay applicable caution money for the enrolment to the Program. This caution amount will be adjustable against the total Program fee payable by the student.
  • You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Cohort Commencement Date, by visiting www.upgrad.com and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. Processing fee of Rs. 20,000/- will be levied. If less than Rs. 20,000/- have been paid in total, the student shall not be eligible for any refund in such case.
  • The student shall not be eligible for any refund under any circumstances if any such refund requests are raised post Cohort Commencement Date and student will continue to pay the EMI for the loan (if applicable) and such loan cannot be cancelled. This is also applicable for those students who could not complete their payment and could not be enrolled in the cohort opted for. However, the student can raise a request for Pre-Program deferral as per the policy defined below for the same.
  • In case of a refund, the student will be solely responsible for any cancellation of the loan, including but not limited to applicable loan cancellation charges levied on the total cancelled loan amount.
  • Students must pay the full fee within 7 days of payment of Caution Money or Cohort Commencement Date, whichever is earlier, otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded.
  • The refund will be processed within 30 working days of commencement of the program after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.
 Deferral Policy: (Pre- Program Commencement)  
  • If a student, due to unavoidable circumstances is unable to commence with the cohort and requests for a deferral before the cohort starts, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
  • However, the student will be required to pay 50% of the total course fee amount (inclusive of taxes) before the deferral can be approved. Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
  • A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for.
  • The student has time till the current cohort launch date to make the payment of the 50% program fee, post which the deferral request will expire. Once the deferral window expires and the student now asks for a refund, the above-mentioned applicable refund policy will apply.
  • The fee applicable to the deferred student will be as per prevailing fee for the batch student as opted to defer to (No additional deferral fee is required to be paid).
 Deferral Policy: (Post Program Commencement)  
  • If a student is facing severe issues in dedicating time to the course, we provide the opportunity for the student to defer to another batch.
  • A student can request for deferral only once and to either of the scheduled cohorts to start in the next 1 year from the batch start date of the initial batch the student enrolled for.
  • The student will be required to pay deferral fees of 10% of the total course amount fee + Taxes if any along with the differential program fees between the two cohorts.
  • The deferral request will be approved once the deferral fee is paid.
  • Till this is completed, the student will be assumed to be continuing in the same cohort.
  • The student has 7 days (including holidays and weekends) from the date of deferral request to make the payment of the deferral fee post which the deferral request will expire, and the student will continue as part of the current cohort.
  • If the student completes the deferral payment, the student’s login will be disabled, the student will leave the deferred cohort and the student will start learning on the new cohort from the point of the last assignment that was graded in the deferred cohort. All grades and progress till that point will be carried forward as it is to the new cohort. For clarification, the grades of the graded assignments will be carried forward, whether the student had submitted these grading during the initial stage.
  • The deferral can only be requested during the batch for which the student has enrolled is ongoing. Once the batch has been completed, deferral requests shall not be entertained. For clarification, the batch completion here shall mean the “last grace deadline” as communicated by upGrad.
  1. The above statistics depend on various factors and individual results may vary. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
  2. The student assumes full responsibility for all expenses associated with visas, travel, and related costs. upGrad does not provide any assurance or make representations regarding visa approval or the procurement of the visa.
  3. upGrad does not grant credit; credits are granted, accepted or transferred at the sole discretion of an educational institution. upGrad does not make any representations regarding the recognition or equivalence of the credits or credentials awarded, unless otherwise expressly stated. If you intend to pursue a post graduate or doctorate degree upon completion of this course or apply for employment which requires specific credits, we advise you to enquire further regarding the suitability of this degree for your academic and/or professional requirements before enrolling.
  4. Please note that the financial support provided by a third-party credit facilitator for the program is in the form of a Personal Loan, not an Educational Loan. This distinction means that the loan does not come with tax benefits or other amenities. We strongly advise all learners to carefully consider this information before proceeding with enrollment.