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MBA Executive MBA Security, Defense, and Space industries

Administration – Management, Information system, International, Marketing – Communication – Sales, Organizations strategy

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This Master of Business Administration in the Security, Defense, and Space industries (MBA SDS) is a one-year program,entirely taught in English and designed for professionals willing to gain in-depth knowledge in the field of business administration in sectors such as aerospace, security and civil protection, and defense.

These markets behave somehow differently from the open market: competitive forces are shaped by regulatory, security and safety considerations, and business in these sectors require the application of management practices that are not commonly required in other industrial and commercial sectors. In these domains:

  • Products are often unique with limited production runs, most customers are governments or public entities; where SME’s are involved the industrial fabric is highly fragmented with little or no international footprint; public procurement is often by exception, and other specificities influence significantly investment strategies – from R&D to production; marketing relies heavily on lobbying with Government agencies;
  • Intellectual property management and export decisions are governed not only by business cases, but also by constraints related to homeland security or national sovereignty, while demand, mostly national, is increasingly becoming international and sometimes global;
  • Investment and sales cycles are unusually long with the need to retain valuable technical and managerial capacity – highly-skilled human resources – over the longer term while ensuring technology development continues to be at the state of the art;
  • Companies in these sectors are more likely than others to be targeted not just by competitors, but also by terrorists or even foreign agencies. Managing such risks is similar to managing the security of critical infrastructure in energy, transport, etc.

You have a professional experience, and a Degree in Management, Engineering, Business Administration, Law or Political Science, you want to gear your career towards the Security, Defense and Space industries, or to step up to higher management positions: this is the degree you need.

By design, the MBA SDS prepares management candidates with a unique understanding of the business environment of sectors key to national sovereignty, providing them with the necessary skills to successfully operate: instructors are addressing the course with practical management challenges in mind, drawing from relevant field experience, and going much beyond the provision of background information and theoretical knowledge. The MBA SDS graduates will learn what is required to successfully fulfill a broad variety of management positions, including technology development, innovation and project management, sales and marketing, human resources, and financial management.

The MBA SDS students will train in a very international environment: the ecosystem of the Sud Region (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur), the most economically active of France’s provinces in these sectors. They will develop a vast network of professional relationships from all around the world, and the skills necessary to facilitate their future company’s transition from fragmented, national markets to the fast-growing European (and global) markets

The environment ensures effective and interactive lectures, where from different countries share their knowledge and expertise. The team of instructors consists in a mix of renowned professors, practitioners or managers in the security, defense or space industry, senior public officials involved in policy-making and program management, …

Organised around a part-time format, with two seminars per month (three-day seminars taking place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), the MBA offers the opportunity to follow courses while keeping your professional activities.

You will develop your professional and international networks thanks to events organised by IAE Nice throughout the year.

You have the possibility to complete a study-abroad period at one of our partner universities.

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Continuing education

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Admission requirements :
Application form, Recruitment interview


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, or equivalent curriculum (at least 180 ECTS credits)
  • At least 3 years’ work experience
  • English proficiency
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee




  • Gain in-depth knowledge in the field of business administration in the aerospace, security and civil protection, and defense industries
  • Enhance your leadership potential
  • Give you the ability to take your career to the next level
  • Acquire lifelong tools to achieve your ambitions

Key points

  • One-year program entirely taught in English by international professors and practitioners
  • Part-time format compatible with a professional activity: two seminars per month (three-day seminars on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
  • Interactive learning with renowned lecturers
  • Development of professional and international networks
  • Study-abroad period (optional)