Specialization in Project Management

Project management has become an essential factor in a company's competitiveness, whatever the field is and projects play an increasingly important role in firms. Project managers and members more generally have become increasingly professional and influential within companies.

All this, led to a boom in the number of job offers over the last few year in this domain.

This Specialization offered in partnership with a top engineering school (ISAE) is among the first business school program in project management. Students acquire technical skills such as project planning and monitoring (cost, delay, risks, specifications) and soft skills as well such as team management and communication. This program focuses on the project itself as well as its competitive and economic environment. The international context in which projects generally exist is addressed through teaching in international finance, law and multicultural analysis.

The pedagogy focuses mainly on team work and case studies. Students develop a consulting project and a venture creation project.

Students acquire technical and soft skills that are necessary in several positions: either project manager or functional specialist in marketing, purchasing, finance or operations, involved in projects.
This major award HEC graduates with the Grande Ecole / Master in Management degree.

Unique and tested teaching methods

The MS Management de Grands Projets program (large-scale projects management) produces key project players (project leaders, business engineers, project engineers, consultants) but also functional project specialists (buyers, financial, marketing and supply chain managers). 

As well as forming planning techniques, risk assessments, team and financial management and tracking costs, the students of this program undertake very varied roles in fields such as marketing, finance, buying, company strategy, management of innovation and supply chain.

Students admitted from the MS Management de Grands Projets program end up in a number of sectors including, aeronautics, the automobile industry, consulting, pharmaceuticals, transport, luxury, the food industry, media, computing, etc. 

A concrete approach

To actively be a part of and contribute to the big projects, students should possess the following 3 attributes:

  • Technical skills: project management, cost management, risk assessment, compatibility and sound investment choice
  • Managerial skills: strategy, marketing, innovation
  • Behavioral skills: communication, team building, teamwork

The course displays a strong team spirit on both the HEC Paris campus and the ISAE campus, renowned for their excellence and their accessibility to business on an international level, it is also very practically oriented.

The MS Management de Grands Projets is based on three indivisible pillars: 


The Project

Whatever its nature (creating a video game, launching a new perfume, constructing a building…), projects follow a specific method presented in great detail throughout the course. With the help of concrete examples, conferences, and application in groups, students learn to master each step, from writing in their notebook to motivating their teams.

The enterprise

A good understanding of the enterprise and its different functions is invaluable to take part in projects efficiently. Hence the program kicks off with a background in the fundamentals of management that are then integrated into specific projects.

The program addresses information system projects, in particular, industrial projects, supply chain projects and projects on the development of new products, where issues and challenges are carefully studied. The management of innovation is studied in particular depth, like the essential logic of action of both parties involved in a project. The students, therefore, understand the importance of listening skills and adapting to management in all projects.

The International

Classes also take into consideration the growing internationalization of projects. As the most recent projects consist in coordinating and combining not only skills and resources but also multiple enterprises, players involved should be made aware of the diversity of cultures and approaches, in every domain, including practical (finance, production, engineering, and buying…).

All international projects further require mastering concepts such as countries’ risks, regulations for setting up projects, financing, managing multicultural teams, handling calls about international offers and management of international contracts.

In a nutshell, the program distinguishes itself thanks to:

  • The professional mission in a company
  • The collective start-up launching project
  • The variety of project types
  • The strong team spirit in the cohort