The Master 2 in Economic Analysis offers a number of alternative careers. Among the several options, there are the large international institutions (European Commission, European Central Bank, OECD, IMF, World Bank, WTO, ILO, BIS, Regional Development Banks, etc.), which recruit students at Research Master level. French and foreign governments are also an outlet. Finally, the private sector, in particular the financial sector, is another option, since economists are capable of guiding major strategic choices.
Finally, the students most interested in academic research may continue into the PhD program to be able to pursue a career in universities, research institutions (CNRS, INRA, OFCE, etc..) or in Business Schools in France or abroad. The Master prepare students to follow a doctoral program in economics, in the fields of industrial organization, international economics, public economics, labor economics, development economics, macro and microeconomics. Students pursuing a PhD will be welcomed into the THEMA. They may also apply to the "Ph.D. in Economics", which is a program in partnership between ESSEC and the University of Cergy-Pontoise. The Master 2 corresponds to the first of the 2 years of courses within the PhD program. After that, the student’s time is devoted to the thesis research.