MSc in Lean Operations Management

Key points

→ Duration: 16-months – 9 months courses + 4 to 6 months professional experience
→ Intake: once a year, end of September
→ Mode: Full Time
→ 477 hours from October to May
→ Six Sigma certification preparation
→ From June to December: Master Thesis & 4 months minimum of professional experience: internship or job
→ Credits: 90 ECTS
→ Language: Entirely taught in English
→ Certified by the label ‘Conférence des Grandes Ecoles’
→ Location: Montpellier Business School Campus
→ Tuition Fees: 13 900 €


→ A Bachelor degree or equivalent
→ Good English level: a minimum score of TOEFL 75/120 or TOEIC 670/990 or IELTS 6.0/9
→ Relevant professional goals

Admission Process

→ You’ll need to fill a completed online application form (which can be saved and completed over time) using the Apply button above
→ Selected applicants are scheduled for admission interviews (via Videoconference)

Job opportunities

- Customer Experience Director
- Quality Manager
- Project Manager
- Management Consultant
- Business Unit Director
- Operational Excellence Director
- Innovation Manager
- Change Management Consultant
- Lean Manager
- …

Programme outline

The MSc in Lean Operations Management is a foremost and innovative programme designed to give you a specialist insight into the area of Lean Management, a way for you to become highly competent on how to contribute both effectively and efficiently to continuous improvement and transformation initiatives that appear more and more within the industrial and service. Thus to accelerate your access to key positions of responsibility in companies and organisations.

Through a one-year training programme, which combines the theoretical and practical course-work focused on innovative management, you will be equipped with necessary tools to broaden your skills to face your professional challenges with confidence. By sharing your experience in a multicultural class, in contact with internationally recognised professional instructors and faculties you will gain a great capacity for the global market and open up to new horizons of career opportunities.


The objectives of the programme are to enable students to:
• Focus on customers’ needs by identifying their expectations translated in measurable requirements
• Rely on various structured approaches (Lean Operations Management, Six Sigma) to improve organisational processes by removing wastes and non-value added activities
• Prepare and facilitate with enthusiasm and dynamism improvement workshops (Kaizen events) by engaging stakeholders
• Lead and support change through continuous improvement initiatives while assuring the process of implementation within quality and time constraints
• Formalise management practices identified during Kaizen workshops into work procedures
• Rearrange the workplace to facilitate continuous improvement (5S approach);
• Develop managerial skills on how to engage colleagues on improvement matters
• Master and communicate quality management tools within the organisation;
• Efficiently communicate improvement and transformation milestones;
• Set up performance measurement indicators to track improvement activities;
• Foster a culture of continuous improvement at various levels in an organisation (e.g. voice of the customer, valuable processes).

Why choose this programme?

→ Top level faculty
→ An innovative pedagogical method
→ A truly international environment
→ An excellent employability rate for our MBS graduates: 70% of students from our programs are hired BEFORE they even graduate
→ Unrivalled networking opportunities
→ An AACSB, EPAS and AMBA accredited School

PROGRAMME COURSES (1rst and 2nd semester)


In this course, students will learn to design, manage and improve processes in order to create and deliver valuable goods and services to meet and exceed clients’ expectations. Students will understand management issues associated with decision making processes that Operations and Supply Chain managers face in today’s global society.

Students will examine the philosophy and key principles of Operational Excellence, learn how to map value streams in order to identify and eliminate waste within organisational processes, and become familiarised with the creation of a continuous improvement culture.

This course will allow students to review fundamentals of statistics applied to management and prepare them to better understand Lean Six Sigma approach. Students will be able to carry out any basic statistical study: how to sample, how to analyse the samples, and how to process data by statistical tools.

Throughout this course, students will analyse real business initiatives in the areas of operational excellence and digital transformation, in order to understand the associated challenges and learn managerial insights from them. In addition, students will understand how digital transformation leads to new business models, modifies value chains, and causes changes more disruptive and rapid changes than ever before.

This course introduces the principles, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and highlights the broad implications related to strategic management issues and how the Lean Six Sigma impacts continuous improvement programs within organizations.
The DMAIC (Define / Measure / Analyse / Improve / Control) methodology, the use of statistics to support managerial decisions (SPC Statistical Process Control method), and the importance of data collection and data analysis for process improvements in the context of industrial and service organisations will also be covered.


This course focuses on the main issues that a company must address in order to successfully achieve its digital transformation, as well as the organisational and cultural aspects that often lead to unsuccessful transformations. Based on various examples, this course places special emphasis on transformations that are caused by advanced digital technologies. We discuss how these transformations require managers to have a sound understanding of digital culture to enable them to make organisational, management and marketing decisions.

The course’s motto is “Working better together”. The objective is to improve students’ communication skills at business meetings and to improve the effectiveness of work within teams. To this end, the course covers the following topics: team-building (team building, group dynamics, intercultural management) and communication skills during group work (participation in meetings, interpersonal communication, crisis communication).

In this course, students will learn agile project management methods and Scrum principles by focusing on the role of team members. Students will learn how to develop a vision of the project and its associated milestones, then identify user roles and write user reports. Other topics include stakeholder identification, organisation, team development, planning, communication, quality, risk and change management. Participants learn by using their own project for most of the proposed activities.


The objectives of this course are to familiarise students with the concept of innovation and more specifically with the concept of managerial innovation. It will be an opportunity to relate the concept of managerial innovation with the values of Montpellier Business School (e.g., ethics, openness and diversity, global responsibility and overall performance) by illustrating with specific and concrete examples the way in which Montpellier Business School values can be examined by the concept of innovation and more particularly in the concept of managerial innovation.

The goal is to develop the innovation skills in student business models and prepare them to become innovative managers by giving them an understanding of how to be innovative. Elements are supported by relevant examples of the academic literature and the professional world.

It is a subject applicable in all disciplines of management. This course allows students to learn Design Thinking methodologies to produce pragmatic solutions and ideas for innovative products and services. At the end of this course, participants will learn how to apply a Design Thinking model to solve or eliminate a real-life problem by developing innovative and creative ideas from imagination to prototyping.

Teams of students from various cultural and academic backgrounds will embark on this entrepreneurial journey drawing on each other specialties to create a viable business. The objective of this project is to create a new and innovative company. To aid in their collaboration, students will be exposed to experienced entrepreneurs and tools across various dimensions such as innovation, logistics and marketing. Finally they will be asked to conceive all of the financial aspects and pitch their project to an academic panel and potential investors.


In this course, students will learn from the latest findings in the field of Consumer Research. To do so, this course addresses the main themes of consumer behaviour such as motivation, attitudes and preferences, emotions and purchasing experiences, and persuasion processes.

How can corporate ethics be managed? The main objective is to increase the general knowledge of students in the management of ethics and the management of sustainable enterprises. Students will learn to apply ethical principles to moral dilemmas encountered in the decision-making processes of modern economics.

The course’s motto is “The better you know yourself, the better you manage.” This course allows students to understand their own internal dynamics in order to better understand their relationship with others and to determine their behavioural strategies, and to develop their potential to put it into action and develop their leadership skills. This course incorporates the ‘Couleurs Arc-en-Ciel’ method, which is a behavioural analysis tool which allows students to get to know each other better and to understand others in the case of group work or in project mode.

This course, which is focused on behaviours, aims to equip students with behavioural skills and skills related to collaborative work. The purpose is to use its own interdisciplinary and transversal competencies in order to have a global vision of a problem and the context in which it fits, and then to contextualise this problematic in order to provide an appropriate response. Overall, students will learn how to come up with individual and collective solutions and how to formalise them with other students.


This course provides an overview of corporate governance structures, legal / economic / and environmental systems in the European Union and beyond. The course will prepare students to apply their learned skills to solving business issues and challenges, and will develop their understanding of the European economic and business environment and its associated changes.

It is not necessary for incoming students to speak French as all courses are offered in English. However, French language courses will be offered to students in order for them to have a more engaging cultural experience.

Students will be asked to write a master’s thesis in order to graduate from this programme. This represents an important component of the MSc learning experience. The objective is to investigate in depth an international business issue and to open doors for contacts and networking.

Semester 3

4 to 6 months professional practice, internship or job


Throughout their year of study students will be assigned a career coach and attend seminars that will prepare them in seeking the right career opportunities, how to be successful and learn from industry leaders on CV preparation, interviewing skills and contract negotiation.

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For further questions and information about our MSc, please contact us:

Georgia Planquette
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