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HEC Paris

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: September 7, 2021.

School Data

Annual Tuition: €76,000

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: €76,000

Acceptance Rate: 18%

Full-Time Enrollment: 378

Average GPA: 3.7

Median GMAT: 690

International: 93%

Female: 35%

Male: 65%

Average Age: 30

Application Deadlines: December 15, 2021 | January 1, 2022 | February 1, 2022

**For non-EU nationals, we encourage you to apply sooner due to housing and student visas.

The HEC Paris MBA: What You Need To Know

What is the best business school in Europe? HEC, located just southwest of Paris in the town of Jouy-en-Josas, has a good claim: It is the top European business school for producing future Fortune 500 CEOs, just a whisker behind Stanford.

At 16 months, the HEC MBA is longer than the 12-month European standard, which allows students to mull their future more than some short courses that seem to catapult them from one job to another. The school offers an extensive program of career workshops coupled with an impressive roster of company visits, as well as the opportunity for students to incorporate an internship—or two!—into their studies. Indeed, HEC likes to focus on the transformational potential, saying that two-thirds of its MBAs change either geography, sector, or focus, while a remarkable 80% change two or more.

For the first half of the curriculum, students undertake the Fundamental Phase, consisting of the usual MBA courses covering the core elements of business and management. After eight months, students move on to the more exploratory Customized Phase in which they become “experts in their field of interest,” says the school. This involves electives, a fieldwork project, and a wide choice of international exchanges. Students can choose from the seven specializations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Advanced Management, Strategic Marketing, Strategy, Digital Innovation, or Sustainable & Disruptive Innovation.

HEC recently added the Creative Destruction Lab to its ever-increasing list of opportunities for budding entrepreneurs. This seed-stage program, which exists in only nine locations worldwide, gives students the opportunity to work directly with highly scalable start-ups dedicated to finding solutions to climate change.

In addition, HEC works closely with Station F, the world’s biggest start-up campus. The HEC Incubator is located there, and students benefit from having access to some of France’s most accomplished entrepreneurs. Students can also capitalize on the school’s participation in the Paris-Saclay Innovation Cluster (dubbed “The Silicon Valley of France”). The school is surrounded by some of France’s best research institutions, high-tech businesses, and start-ups, all of which HEC students can access. Firms and investors come and pitch ideas to MBA students, who then work on commercializing the technology. The ideas are then pitched to CEOs and VCs, and some develop into real businesses. The entrepreneurial streak in this MBA clearly rubs off: 20% of HEC Paris MBAs go on to found their own businesses at some point.

HEC is also home to the MBA Tournament, the “MBA Olympics” — a sports competition between more than 1,500 MBA students from schools across Europe, with a smattering of competitors from U.S. schools. This is a great leadership opportunity for students who get to run the financing, marketing, logistics and operations of a large-scale event with a half a million-euro budget.

HEC also offers “dual degrees,” meaning students can take the MBA in 12 months and spend another year studying for a master’s at institutions such as Yale, National University of Singapore, or the London School of Economics.

HEC has two MBA intakes each year, in January and September, for a total of 300 students, over 90% of whom are non-French. This MBA clearly works as a springboard to a job in Europe, where 60% 66% of graduates land jobs after MBA.

Andrea Masini, Associate Dean of HEC’s MBA

HEC’s MBA is designed to maximize the chances of career transformation. Often these days people don’t just want to increase their salary, but also to have an impact on society and have a purpose in life through the way they do business. HEC’s 16-month MBA, which is longer than most European ones, gives you the chance to figure out what your purpose is.

We strongly emphasize taking decisions in uncertain and highly multicultural conditions. We think that 16 months working in a context as diverse as it can be is the best training for leading a multinational corporation or creating a company with a global market.

Payal Saini – Class of 2022

I chose HEC Paris because of the diversity of the class, the 16-month length, and the ability to customize my experience through exchanges, internships and the MBA project. HEC’s programming has a clear focus on leadership development through hands-on experience which was what I liked most. I learn best by doing and I knew that I would want options to pick the best path for me during my program. I applied to HEC for the January in-take, which not many schools provide as an option. Having that flexibility was important to me.

The diversity and caliber of the HEC Paris MBA class ultimately drew me to the school. While academics and professional development are important to me, I wanted my MBA journey to be a holistically transformative experience – one that goes far beyond academics and centers on what happens when you explore the unfamiliar and unexpected.


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Contact Information

1 Rue de la Libération
S Building / Room 136
78350 Jouy-en-Josas, France
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A Truly Unique MBA Experience 

At the HEC Paris MBA, you will find the ideal environment to realize your full potential and become a business leader for the 21st century. Working alongside your high-achieving peers and with our world-class professors, you will build your competencies in an energizing, collaborative community that mirrors the diversity of today’s global economy.

A perfect equation between the size of our intakes – limited to 300 students yearly – and an individualized approach to learning means that your ideas and input are valued. This encouragement comes from faculty, staff, and other students, in an environment where everyone knows your name and participants form a close-knit community for life. Conversations with your peers – 94% international – will shape your viewpoint, enrich your experience, and prepare you to work with people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

Excellent professors at the forefront of research will build upon your unique talents and shape your learning experience. Our faculty infuse a rare combination of broad experience, personal insights, and the latest in advanced-management thinking into their classes.

During our 16-month program, you will develop the core management skills needed to excel in any industry, anywhere in the world. You will also go much deeper, with the flexibility to pursue international exchanges and internships, as well as specialized studies and hands-on learning in the sector of your choice.

HEC Difference 

HEC Paris enjoys a longstanding tradition of educating the leaders who are at the forefront of business. The school has graduated more CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies than any other university in Europe, according to the 2017 Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index.

We not only teach the theories behind leadership, but we also provide the ideal environment to put those theories to the test. We offer a series of hands-on opportunities, such as the two-day Off-Campus Leadership Seminar and the student-run, multisport MBA Tournament (MBAT), develop your confidence to lead in all circumstances, and teach you how to motivate others to work toward a common goal.

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