About ENSAE Paris


The volume and complexity of available data is exploding and the problem is not just how to store and preserve all that information. The real issue is how to analyze massive and and use it relevantly for purposes of evaluation, prediction and decision-making.

ENSAE Paris is one of the leading French Grande École specialized in Economics, Data Science, Quantitative Social Sciences, Finance and Actuarial Science. The school offers elite Master programs combining advanced field knowledge with cutting-edge quantitative methods. The School is deeply related to the Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST), one of France’s leading research centers in the fields of economics, statistics and finance.

ENSAE’s faculty includes some of the country’s foremost specialists in their fields. Most lecturers at ENSAE are full-time professors or researchers, but many are professionals working in large public or private corporations.

About a hundred and fifty students graduate each year from ENSAE, after completing a program comparable to the first year of study for a North-American Ph.D. or a top-level North-American Master’s Degree in Economics or Statistics. Two thirds of ENSAE graduates join banks or insurance companies. Many of the others obtain academic positions or work as consultants or auditors. Over fifty percents of ENSAE graduates work in the field of finance.

The academic background of ENSAE students is extremely large. Some of them are admitted through a competitive examination after two or three years in the post-secondary school preparatory programmes (the so-called “classes préparatoires”). Others are graduates of the top French graduate schools such as École Normale Supérieure, École Polytechnique and other Grandes Écoles. Others are university graduates in either Economics or Mathematics.

ENSAE also welcomes international students who have graduated from top graduate schools of comparable standards in their own countries. Depending on their background and on their needs, these students can be admitted either into the first or into the second year of the mainstream three-year engineering program, or into the fifteen-month graduate program “Mastère Spécialisé” in Actuarial Science, Data Science, Quantitative Finance or Applied Economics.

PhD students who have passed their qualifying examinations can join the CREST to work on their dissertation.

ENSAE Paris is a founding member of the Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris), together with some of France’s most prestigious graduate schools of engineering.

At a glance

  • A selective competitive exam
  • Double degree programs with France’s top business schools (HEC Paris, ESSEC or ESCP Europe) and Sciences Po Paris 
  • A 3-year Ingénieur ENSAE program, leading to the grade of Master
  • With 6 multidisciplinary specialization tracks in 3rd year
  • About 530 students over the 3-year Ingénieur ENSAE program
  • 4 Advanced Master programs (post-graduate) 
  • Advanced Research Masters and PhD programs in Economics, Data Science, Finance or Sociology, delivered by Institut Polytechnique de Paris
  • 7 500 Alumni