MS Sciences et management de la filière équine

MS MESB - Equine Industry Sciences and Management

Are you contemplating a career in Equine Industry management? Join the MS MESB, the only Master's level Equine Industry programme! Academic input taught in France and the USA. A 15-month programme operated in partnership with AgroSup Dijon (Burgundy).
Dijon, Caen, Paris, Kentucky (USA)


Open to international candidates
Last updated on 17/09/2020

Accredited by the French Conference des Grande Ecole and listed on the National Registry of Occupations (RNCP Level 7)

Mastère Spécialisé

The outcome of joint action by researchers, equine nutrition experts, recognised professionals and the Hippolia Pole of Competitiveness, the Mastère Specialisé® MESB - Equine Industry Sciences & Management trains tomorrow's Equine Industry Managers.

Since it opened in 2007, its specific educational model has reflected its strong values: ambition to contribute to the development of the equine industry, passion for horses and international orientation.

Thanks to rich contents and a network of quality partners and lecturers, this MS MESB offers a unique opportunity for professional openings both in France and abroad.  As the only RNCP Level 7 accredited degree in France directed at the Equine Industry, this degree has allowed to train managers who are experts in the Equine world and its graduates enjoy a high degree of recognition from the part of professionals.

Xavier Philippe
Programme Academic Director
Associate Professor in Sociology of work

MS MESB - Sciences et management de la filière équine

 A 15-month programme

  • From September to December: 8 to 12-week Professional Internship in France
  • From January to May: Academic Courses in Dijon, Caen, Paris and Lexington (Kentucky - USA)
  • From June to December: Professional Consulting Project and Thesis

Taught in three locations and two countries

  • AgroSup Dijon: the National Institute of Agronomy, Food and Environment Sciences is one of the 6 Higher Institutions in France specialised in this field. More info on AgroSup Dijon.
  • EM Normandie: Caen and Paris Campuses: a Management Grande Ecole accredited by AACSB and EQUIS, which trains professionals who can take up the managerial and entrepreneurial challenges of tomorrow. More info on EM Normandie.
  • Kentucky University, Lexington, USA: the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offers programmes and conducts research in Social Sciences and Agronomy. More information on Kentucky University.

A High Profile Sponsor

Each cohort is sponsored by a recognised professional from the industry who takes part in the selection of applicants, supports them throughout their training and helps their introduction into the professional world.

  • 2019: Jean De Chevigny, Director of  France Cheval Services.
  • 2018: Anne Catherine Loisier, Senator, Chairperson of the 'Horse Committee' in the Senate since 2015.
  • 2017: Aliette Forien, owner and manager of  Haras de Montaigu (Orne, France) , Vice-President of the  Syndicate of Thoroughbred Breeders, Member of the France Galop Committee.
  • 2016: Guillaume Maupas, Technical Manager of the Société d'Encouragement à l'Elevage du Cheval Français.
AgroSup Dijon
EM Normandie
University of Kentucky

During their 15-month training programme, students on the Mastère Specialisé® MESB - Equine Industry Sciences & Management benefit from a programme that will allow them to discover the range of occupations and activity sectors offered by the Equine Industry. Professionalisation is the focal point of this programme thanks to immersion internships and professional consulting projects throughout the study path in the equine world.

The faculty has been built to offer a triple diversity:

  • Multidisciplinary: lecturers in Equine Sciences and Management  
  • Professional: lecturers-researchers and practitioners who are experts in their fields 
  • Location-wise:  Agrosup Dijon for their Equine Scientific Expertise, EM Normandie for its Managerial Expertise and Kentucky University for their international orientation and know-how in North American equine issues.

The programme is articulated in three phases:

Phase 1: Professional Immersion

September to December

  • 8 to 12 weeks
  • 4 different companies across France

Phase 2: Academic Input

January to May

  • Management
  • Project Management
  • Starting a Business
  • Management
  • Industry Context
  • Equine Sciences

Phase 3: Professional Consulting Project

June to December

  • 6-month Consulting In-company Project
  • Professional Thesis
  • Oral Defense before a Jury

Admission process

Candidates are selected on the basis of an application form, followed by an individual interview.

Please use the on-line application procedure

Eligibility for application

The programme is open to students holding the following degrees:

  • Master degree or equivalent ("Bac+ 5" or 5 years after secondary education) 
  • At the Jury’s discretion: 4-year undergraduate degree with 3 years of professional experience (internships excluded).
  • Exceptionally the admissions board may accept applications that do not meet the formal criteria listed above but appear exceptional on other aspects (academic excellence, community work, international experience, internships, etc.)

Admission procedure

  1. Application files submitted are reviewed with special attention paid to the seriousness of the file and the quality of the academic and/or professional profile.
  2. Shortlisted candidates are invited for an interview via Skype with a Head of Academic Programme. This interview helps clarify the applicants profile, their projects, their objectives. The final admission decision (offered or denied admission) is communicated a few days after this interview.


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Career Opportunities

MS MESB Graduates -  Equine Industry Sciences and Management  work in all sectors of the Equine Industry:

  • Races: 49%
  • Sports: 16%
  • Multi-Sector: 21%
  • Other Industries: 14%

Graduates take up executive positions within a few months after graduation. Most of them are hired by the professional immersion structure they were in as interns. Half the positions are on long-term contracts and the majority  have an international orientation.

Examples of occupations

  • Brokers, French Bloodstock Agency (FBA)
  • Director, Association Nationale du Selle Français (ANSF)
  • Funder and Director of Repona
  • International Project Executive, Conseil des Chevaux de Champagne Ardennes 
  • Head of partnerships, Société Hippique Française (SHF)
  • Head of International Unit, Cheval Français (SECF)
  • Assistant Trainer, Herringwell Stables Ltd, Pensylvania (USA) 
  • Head of Racing Clubs, ARQANA
  • Founder and Director of Horse Development
  • Communication Officer, ARQANA

The MS MESB is a true springboard into the International Equine Industry. Thanks to its courses, its numerous instructors from the industry and its network, this degree helped me find employment quickly in the Equine Health Sector and access a managerial position.

Head of Exports, Class of 2013

Tuition Fees for 2020 - 2021

  • MS MESB : € 13,500. This includes assignment costs, and Kentucky trip air fare and housing on location.
  • €50 charged to candidates in order to study their profile
  • As from September 2020, you will pay a €92 contribution to CVEC  (Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus) by connecting to
  • €575 membership fee for Association Alumni EM Normandie, which will give you access to all their services and a life membership (not compulsory).


Various options are offered to students to help them fund their studies:

  • Work-study track (year 3): total or part waiver of fees for one year
  • Grants: Higher Education, Regional, Travel or Internship grants 
  • Bank loans: agreements between EM Normandie and banks
  • Paid student jobs offered by the School’s Junior Enterprise and Jobs Services

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