The EMSSE course is open to students who already hold a first university degree equivalent to 180 ECTS credits, after at least three-years studies (at the level of Bachelor of Science) in a field related to SE and, specifically: Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Control Engineering, Management Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science. Also, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, and Civil Engineering can be considered for EMSSE programme, with a preliminary evaluation. Hence, admission to EMSSE and to each EMSSE academic path is conditional on the adequacy of the academic profile of the candidate.
The applicants must be fluent in English, both written and spoken. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to show their language level with a recognized international test (with certificate provided no later than June 10).
The following tests and minimum scores are accepted:
- TOEFL (Computer-based: 237; Paper version: 580; Internet version: 87 or above),
- IELTS (6.5 or higher, academic version);
- Cambridge B2 First Test: 173 or higher.
If you have a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a General Test score of at least 150 for verbal reasoning, 4 for analytical writing, and 151 for quantitative reasoning, it can be considered a proof of your proficiency in English.
Knowledge of French, Italian or Spanish is not mandatory, but is considered. The concerned students must provide official proof of their language skills (foreign language diploma or DIALANGEuropean test).
The applicants should send a motivation letter to shortly present their professional objectives and highlight their interest, knowledge and motivation to engage with EMSSE programme.
Application procedure (online submission)
At application stage, students must fill the online form and provide a set of information and scanned documents, as described below. It is important to note that the application procedure takes time (in particular to get the recommendation letters) and should thus be anticipated.
Completed application form
Students should not send their details and documents by email.
When the call is opened, the applicants must fill the following online form. (In case you have a problem to log in the application form after creating your account, try to click on the top-left logos or log out and log in once again).
Possibly using the Europass format (not mandatory).
The scanned copy of an original diploma shall prove successful completion of a tertiary degree corresponding to at least 180 ECTS (bachelor/master/PhD).
Candidates who plan to graduate by the 31st of July can apply. They can be provisionally accepted. They will be required to provide copies of their degree certificates by the 31st of August. At application stage, they must provide a sworn statement stating when they expect to receive their degree (by using this form) (file ready to be put in emsse website and to be linked).
If your degree is not issued in English, a translation in English is needed (please write the degree title in English in the description). If you do not have an official translation, you can upload a non-official translation along with the original diploma. If you are pre-selected for the course, an official translation will be required.
Electronic (scanned) version of all higher education academic records in their original version (academic transcripts to the above mentioned diplomas, including all completed courses at the time of application, not only those of the current year). If your transcripts are not issued in English, a translation in English is needed. If you do not have an official translation, you can upload a non-official translation along with the original diploma. If you are pre-selected for the course, an official translation will be required.
Documents should be accompanied by a (possibly certified/official) translation in English. Please note that all selected students will have to provide a certified (legally attested) translation in the English language by June 10 at the latest.
Applicants are also encouraged to provide their diploma supplement, if they have one.
Proof of English proficiency (provided no later than June 10) is required except for English native speakers or for applicants who have a higher education degree entirely taught in English (in this case, or if your test is not available by the submission deadline, please submit a sworn statement, using this form. (file ready to be put in emsse website and to be linked): TOEFL (Computer-based: 237; Paper version: 580; Internet version: 87 or above), IELTS (6.5 or higher, academic version); Cambridge B2 First Test: 173 or higherIf you have a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a General Test score of at least 450 for verbal reasoning, 4.1 for analytical writing, and 650 for quantitative reasoning, it can be considered a proof of your proficiency in English.
Non-mandatory proof of French, Italian or Spanish proficiency.
The Motivation letter should not be more than 500 words. It should highlight the applicant’s motivations for applying to EMSSE programme, any relevant academic and work experience, and its professional project in line with the study program. The statement will also indicate the specialty and the mobility path, the applicant wishes to choose (and order of preference).
The two recommendation letters shall be issued by teachers/professors or job supervisors. They shall assess explicitly the student’s ability to follow the EMSSE programme.
The reference letter should include: date of issue, name, institution, position, signature, official stamp (if available) and contact details (phone number and email) of the person/institution recommending the student.
The scanned copy of a (valid) passport is to attest the nationality of the student. Applicants with multiple nationalities must provide the copy of the passport corresponding to the nationality they are applying with. Citizens from the EU (only) can use their ID as proof of nationality.
The applicant may upload documents (non-mandatory) giving details of (potential/expected) other funding (e.g. scholarships, with name of funder or awarding authority, and value of award).
The selection procedure will be carried out on a competitive basis by a Selection Committee. The applicants will be assessed by giving a mark out of one hundred within a predefined grid. Each student will be assessed by 3 evaluators. After evaluation, each final mark will be the average of all the reviewers’ marks. The evaluation grid is presented in the following Table. The members involved in the assessment of applications sign a “Non-conflict of interest declaration”.
Table : Evaluation grid used in the evaluation of candidates.
|Academic performance at the Bachelor (class rank, GPA…)
|Relevance of Bachelor degree to EMSSE
|Quality of institution that delivered the university degree
|Letters of recommendation
|Other CV aspects (work experience, professional qualifications, languages)
|Gender (female 1 / male 0)
Video conference interviews will be organized for a short list of the high ranked applicants. The interviews will be assessed by a mark from 0 to 10, which will be added to the previous mark and the students of the short list will be ranked using the new mark whose maximum is now 110. At the end of the selection process, the selection commission will provide a document containing the results attained by each applicant during the assessment. The result will be notified to the applicants by e‑mail.
For the 2024–2026 edition:
|Opening of the application platform
|15 November 2023
|February 15, 2024 (23:59, Paris time)
|Interviews (applicants must plan to be available during that period)
|March 18–20, 2024
|End of March 2024
Selection desicions and appeal procedure
The EMSSE Selection Committee is responsible for the selection of applicants. Notification of the decision will be communicated through email, and the determinations made by the Selection Committee are conclusive. The application results are expected to be disclosed by April of corresponding year. Following the release of results, if you believe there is a valid reason for an appeal, additional details about the appeal process can be found here.
In case of non-selection and if you have grounds to believe that your application file, although complete, was not processed through the selection procedure, you may engage an appeal procedure by filling the form which you can download here. This form should be sent no later than one week after notification of the decision to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the appeal cannot concern the decision itself, but only an alleged error made in the process that has resulted in the contested decision.