Master in Optimization


Admission to this master program is based on previous academic results, through transcripts and recommandation letters. The typical prerequisites to be admitted to the master program include 4 years of studies in mathematics and/or engineering schools with strong mathematical background.

Language: All courses proposed by our program are given in English. Courses by partner programs might be in French.

Applications must be made online, either via the Paris-Saclay application site for Université Paris-Saclay students, or via the IP-Paris application site for IP-Paris candidates. Candidates from other universities can freely apply via either platform.

Non-EU students Students from outside Europe may need a visa and have to take care of their immigration issues as soon as possible. For some countries, they need to apply through Campus France in order to obtain their visa.


Fondation mathématique Jacques Hadamard: FMJH offers each year a few Master scholarships based on merit, both for french and foreign students. To apply, please visit the FMJH website.

IDEX Paris-Saclay: Université of Paris-Saclay offers master scholarships for foreign students. If you apply early enough (before mid-april) to M2 Optimisation through UPSaclay, the admission jury of the Optimization program may select you as a candidate to an IDEX scholarship, in which case you will be asked to complete your application to enter the scholarship selection. More details is available on the university’s webpage.

Eiffel scholarships: The Eiffel scholarship program is offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Applications can be made via the Campus France website.

PhD Fellowships

Every professor participating to the Optimization Master is affiliated to a doctoral school, which offers PhD fellowships every year. In particular, most mathemacians of the Saclay area are affiliated to the Hadamard doctoral school. Depending on the team and on the subject, other fundings may originate from specific institutions, like INRIA. There are also industrial fundings (called “CIFRE”), dedicated to PhD in partnership with industry. Master students interested in pursuing in PhD are advised to contact the M2 Optimization board members during the Master year for further information.