How to do a master’s degree in a delayed start?

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To do a master’s degree in a staggered start, you must take into account several criteria. Your industry is one of them. Depending on your orientation, you will be able to select the right school for you. It is afterwards that you will know the procedures to follow, as they are inherent to each establishment.

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Why decide to change direction?

Students generally reorient themselves for the same reasons, regardless of their level:

  • Personal reasons: Some need to enter the work world quickly. They are more interested in a course of study that allows them to earn a living quickly than in long studies, such as a doctorate. By opting for a Master’s degree in business, the student will have a better chance of entering the work world quickly.
  • Social pressure to enroll: The young baccalaureate student has chosen a “prestigious” program (law, medicine) without any real information about the program or because of pressure from his or her parents, but which does not suit him or her at all. As time goes by, he realizes that his current course of study does not really correspond to his expectations and decides to change direction to a course that really suits him.
  • A click during the year: With the evolution of technology and life in general, many jobs are created. Students can discover new jobs that may be a little more suitable for them. Hence the choice of reorientation at the master level.

What is a delayed start?

The staggered start of the school year is a way to save time while reorienting yourself. Beginning a few months later than the traditional start of the school year, it allows everyone to catch up on an unwanted course of study. In the same academic year, this method of education gives you the right to try a master’s program and to change it if it is not successful.

The staggered start of the school year is accessible to students of all levels. However, it is the students who are reorienting in master’s degree who use it most often. With very few options left, they end up pursuing the path that allows them to thrive without starting over. This is thanks to this innovative way of entering the school.

The staggered start of school does not affect the quality of education offered to those who choose it. Indeed, the content of the program is the same. It is the time frame and the conditions of completion that differ. Generally, a student in a Master 1 program starts in February or March and finishes in July.

As you can see, the training is more intense. We have to make up for the 6 months of missed classes. Depending on the program chosen, the staggered start of the school year may involve internships or work experience in a company.

How to apply for a delayed start?

In order to benefit from the advantages of a delayed start to the school year, you must begin by defining the course of study you wish to pursue. Although the school year only starts in February, it is in your best interest to find out if your program is available in October.


This is a precautionary measure, as it takes time to prepare the files. Depending on the school of your choice, you will have to pass a competitive examination or be selected on the basis of your file. Some schools even require a professional project. Mentally, you will also have to prepare yourself. For all students who are reorienting, the oral interview is mandatory. At the Master’s level, the interviewers really focus on the reasons for your reorientation and your general culture related to your professional field.

How does a staggered start to the school year at INSEEC work?

At INSEEC, the staggered start of the school year is different from the staggered start of the school year usually offered by higher education institutions.

The MSc 2nd year students also have a staggered start: from March to September, they attend classes for one week a month and then spend three weeks in the company. In September, they resume their work-study program following the September start date: three weeks/one week or three days/2 days, depending on the course. And this for 1 year. So they do their year in 18 months.

In order to benefit from this type of training, you must follow the classic admission procedure. Specifically, you must begin by submitting your application before December. You will have a motivation interview from January at the latest. You will quickly know, by email, if you are taken or not.

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Updated 23 January 2024