Masters, masters, MBA: what are the differences between the bac + 5 training?

Masters, masters, MBA in one or two years, what credibility should be given to these bac + 5 level degrees? What academic recognition criteria should be used to choose a course? L’Etudiant accompanies you in this labyrinth of diplomas.

In recent years we have seen the explosion of many bac + 5 degrees in addition to the master’s or master’s degree. MBA, master: private schools choose these formative names to issue a bac + 5 level diploma not recognized academically by the Ministry of Higher Education. But what’s behind these titles? Do all degrees offer the same level of quality? How to choose your training serenely?

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Master or Master: what are the differences?

When you are looking for a bac + 5 level training, you will undoubtedly come across the teacher training. This title is different from the master’s degree or the master’s degree and does not offer the same recognition. The commonality between master’s degree, master’s degree and master’s degree: these are three bac + 5 degrees, recognized by the RNCP at level 7, guaranteeing the adequacy of training for company skills. But they are very different.

The master is a national diploma issued exclusively at the university. This training takes place over two years after a bac + 3, generally a university license, after a selection. The university master has either a professional vocation or a research vocation. This diploma is issued in the name of the state and benefits from its guarantee. The training provided includes theoretical, methodological and applied lessons and, when required, one or more internships.

In addition, some Grandes Ecoles may also offer masters, recognition by the Ministry of Higher Education for non-university level training bac + 5. Schools wishing to have their diploma recognized as a master’s degree must go through an evaluation commission. The title is granted for a maximum period of five years, after which the schools present their diploma.

The national master, as recognition by the state, certifies that the institute possesses all the necessary conditions to obtain the diplomas for which it prepares. Recognized schools receive state subsidies and can host scholarship students

The teacher is a diploma from private schools – commerce, communication, art, information technology … – which is not recognized at the academic level but which can be recognized by the Ministry of Labor being registered in the RNCP. Although they do not have academic recognition, these degrees can be recognized at the profession level. To discover. Masters are generally accessible at bac + 3 for a two-year course. However, there are some exceptions. For example, the ECV school offers a three-year master’s degree after a bac + 2 and the Penninghen school a four-year master’s degree, which starts immediately after the first year.

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Masters and masters, towards specialization and professionalization

Whether it is master’s or master’s, the specialization is progressive during the two years of the course. Masters often have titles that indicate the profession for which they prepare. For example, the ESGCI offers a master’s degree in web marketing with the title of expert in digital strategy and development; the IICP offers a Masters in Brand Strategy and Influence Marketing leading to the title of Marketing Communications Strategies Manager; the Hetic computer science school offers a master’s degree in metaverse and virtual universes leading to the title of expert in engineering and management of digital communication.

on their side, university masters are more specialized in topics (international relations, book and publishing professions, history, economics, etc.). These training courses prepare for professional integration into wider fields of activity. Furthermore, in the masters as a master stage or work-study they are an integral part of the pedagogy.

On the course side, university masters are taught by professors-researchers but also by practicing professionals. In the masters, the proportion is often reversed. As Philippe Buisson, head of the Intuit.lab school explains, “in our masters, 95% of the speakers are professionals“.

Make the difference between MBA courses

Courses not academically recognized may also choose other course names. Among these names … the MBA. Indeed, this international name is not regulated and totally free of rights, all formations can use it. Be careful.

Originally, the MBA is an international degree in the field of international management (strategy, marketing, management, finance, human resources). Most MBAs are completed in one year and are aimed at professionals who already have professional experience and wish to advance their career by specializing further or giving it an international flair.

Access to this course is selective and sometimes requires passing certain tests. (GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS…). However, we can rely on AMBA, an association of MBAs, or even EFMD Accredited, which recognize the quality of the best MBAs on an international scale.

However, some schools offer MBAs over two years, accessible after a bac + 3, on the same scheme as university masters (M1-M2) and offering a bac + 5 level diploma but without state academic recognition. These courses, like the masters, can still be enrolled in the RNCP.

This is particularly the case with the‘ESG offering different MBAs accessible after a bac + 3 or 4 qualifying for a RNCP level 7 degree or even ESLSCA offering bac + 3 or 4 MBA or a bac + 5 level degree. Some universities, such as Assas, also offer a double master’s / MBA in business law and management-management.

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Master, master, MBA, how to order?

To choose the degree that suits you best, pay attention to the designations, see if there is an associated RNCP degree, if the school is recognized and what are the outlets.

A CTI recognized engineering school, CGE business school is also a good point. That said, unrecognized is not synonymous with poor quality, some schools can be recognized by companies in the sector, but you have to be vigilant.

For this you can rely on the recognition by the state granted to certain programs, on the RNCP qualifications for professional skills and, for international recognition, on the accreditations obtained. Do not hesitate to ask the school for its network of business partners, integration of graduates, etc. which can be important commitments.

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