Post-master degree (MS®) Territorial Development Strategy

After a 4 or 5-year Degree


The MS Territorial Development Strategy trains specialists in local development, at the service of companies and territories. It combines theoretical knowledge and concrete case studies in order to sharpen the spirit of analysis and to provide the necessary hindsight to develop territories in a strategic approach of multi-level actors.

5-year degree
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  • Programme
  • Admission
  • Career
  • Tuition fees and funding

Programme highlights

    1. Build, adapt and manage a territorial project from the scale of a neighbourhood to that of a region.
    2. Master the tools and codes of public policy to unite representatives of companies and local authorities around a common vision.
    3. Mobilise an academic culture and technical knowledge of territorial strategies to advise and support project leaders.
    4. Benefit from personalised support through the Career Path.
    5. 2 residential seminars in Normandie (Deauville) and internationally (Brussels or Oxford).
    6. Territorial intelligence seminars.
    7. Possible financing on file by the Normandy Region for Norman job seekers.
    8. A Double Degree: Specialised MS and listed on the National Registry of Occupations (RNCP level 7 "Développeur économique territorial (MS)" registered under the code RNCP36528)
    9. Validate your professional and personal experience by preparing this title through VAE

    A longstanding course at EM Normandie, the MS Territorial Development Strategy has been running for almost 30 years and evolved over that time to meet the needs of the sector. This is a unique programme among management schools in France and Europe. It has been accredited and for many years has been one of the best courses in Public Sector Management. Its academic quality stems from a careful combination of established staff and recognised expert contributors who offer proven experience in their sector. Advantageous study abroad opportunities also gives students the chance to develop synergies and relationships outside the usual classroom or business environment while observing and analysing different development contexts. This course also has longstanding links to territory partners, with a significant network of local stakeholders. These trusting relationships and recognition have developed over time.

    Lucas Durand
    Academic Director
    Associate Professor in Economics


    The programme combines theoretical knowledge and concrete case studies to develop the spirit of analysis and provide the necessary hindsight for territorial development.

    Territorial Analysis

    • Societies and territories
    • Diagnosis and territorial analysis
    • Developer's workshop
    • Territorial foresight
    • Territorial intelligence seminar
    • Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

    Development policies and strategies

    • Spatial planning and urban development
    • Financing territorial development
    • Decentralisation law and territorial reform
    • Collaborative projects and workshops (in partnership with Sciences Po)
    • Financing and public procurement
    • Tourism and residential economy
    • Territorial marketing and attractiveness

    Transitions: governance and territories

    • Social and solidarity economy
    • Governance and sustainable territorial development
    • Animation and management of projects
    • Industrial and territorial ecology
    • Sustainable cities, Smart Cities
    • Territorial ecosystem of innovation
    • Territorial animation

    Transitions: companies and territories

    • Companies, Territories and Decisions
    • Internationalisation of companies and CSR
    • Consulting and territorial development
    • Support for companies in the territory

    Applied territorial development

    • Seminar in Deauville
    • Seminar in Brussels or Oxford

    Development of cross-cutting skills

    • Career Path
    • Surveys and survey processing
    • Dissertation methodology
    • Academic dissertation or professional thesis


    3 weeks per month in the company / 1 week of classes at the School, from September to July, then full-time in the company until the end of the contract.
    Work-study contract of 12 months maximum (under specific conditions for international students).

  • Evaluation criteria for the course

    All components of the student's education are evaluated: academic learnings, internships, missions, challenges, dissertations, study stays in partner universities. For academic learnings, continuous assessment generally accounts for 40% and the final exam accounts for the remaining 60%. Evaluations may also take the form of case studies, role-playing, group work, etc. Professionalisation (work-study, internships, missions, challenges) and, where appropriate, the corresponding report, will be evaluated jointly by the teaching team and the company.


    Admission mode

    Selection based on application file and individual motivation interview.
    Guide d'utilisation de la plateforme de candidature

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  • Eligibility for application

    The programme is open to students holding the following degrees:

    • Master's degree or equivalent ("Bac+ 5" or 5 years after secondary education / Baccalaureate) 
    • 4-year undergraduate degree with 3 years of professional experience (internships excluded).
    • If French is not the candidate’s first language, a language certification (DELF/DALF = C1)
    • 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. 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.
    3. Admitted candidates are notified formally and invited to make a down payment, later on deducted from the  tuition fees. This initial payment confirms the candidate's seat in the programme and an unconditional letter of admission is then issued.

    In order for our students to benefit from optimal learning conditions, places in our programmes are limited. The number of remaining places is reviewed after each admission session. Whenever a cohort is full, admissions for the programme are closed.
    The application deadline admission session is every 15th of the month.

    In addition to the EM Normandy application form, international candidates must approach their local Campus France office to facilitate the process of obtaining their visa. Once the down payment has been received, the School will help International students with their visa procedures and search for accommodation.

  • Well-being and Inclusion

    Inclusion of students with disabilities

    For several years now, EM Normandie has been committed to the inclusion of students with disabilities and has been striving to make it as easy as possible for them to learn, to continue their studies, to live socially within the school and to find employment. Specific training for its teachers and support services, school facilities, digital accessibility, etc. EM Normandie promotes values of equal opportunities and respect for differences, through the sharing of an inclusive culture and the continuous development of its practices. Are you disabled or have a chronic disabling illness? We can provide you with comprehensive support, whether it be in the context of your classes/exams, your search for internships, work-study programmes or jobs, or even in preparing for your expatriation.


    Career opportunities

    • Economic Development Officer
    • Business creation and development officer
    • Economic and territorial developer
    • Territorial business engineer
    • Project manager in territorial development
    • Economic, urban and sustainable development project manager
    • Territorial development officer
    • Lobbyist.

    Statistics based on the professional integration survey of 2023 for the 2022 graduates. Average gross calculated on the basis of the last 3 graduating classes (2020, 2021 and 2022).

    • Net employment rate: 82%
    • 75% have the executive status
    • 81% of active graduates found a job in less than 3 months
    • 94% are satisfied with their first job
    • Average gross annual salary with bonuses: €45,130

    Some examples of companies where our graduates work

    Regional councils, town halls, urban communities, economic development agencies, urban planning agencies, semi-public companies, local authorities, territorial attractiveness agencies, consultancy firms, associations.
    Private companies: Veolia, Engie, Bouygues Immobilier

Tuition fees and funding

    Tuition Fees for 2023-2024

    • MS Territorial Development Strategy : €14,500
      Tuition fees include the membership fee for EM Normandie Alumni Association, which gives you access to all services and a life membership.
    • €50 charged to candidates in order to study their profile
    • The contribution to CVEC (Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus), amounting to €95, by connecting to the dedicated plaftorm.

    Fees for students enrolling for the first time in 2023.

  • Fundings

    Various options are offered to students to fund their studies:

  • Funding available from the Normandy region for jobseekers from Normandy (places are limited).

  • International payment methods

    We are a partner of the Flywire platform

    This online tool facilitates the procedures of international students by offering the following services:

    • Online tracking of transfers
    • Payment in the national currency, which reduces costs
    • Choice of many payment methods

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