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Top Placements


I recently joined Harvard Business School as an Assistant Professor, my dream job. The quality of the HEC Paris PhD Program played a large role in this successful outcome of my job search. The course curriculum and the faculty support I received during my studies strengthened my academic knowledge, and helped me to develop original and innovative research. HEC Paris is uniquely placed in Europe to deliver on its student placement.


Boris Vallée – HEC Paris PhD 2014, Finance

Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

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Dedicated Supervisors


At HEC Paris, our PhD program enables students to achieve the best of their potential, advance research on critical domains, and serve society. Our goal is that they produce research findings that will not only help them to join the best academic institutions in the world, but also have an impact because they contribute to our understanding of fundamental economic, social, and organizational phenomena.


Rodolphe Durand

GDF Suez Professor of Strategic Management, HEC Paris

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Acquire Research Skills


As a recent graduate with a PhD in Strategy at HEC Paris, I witnessed first-hand how the HEC Paris PhD Program offers an experience that is both academically enriching and professionally rewarding. It encourages and enables students to pursue original and impactful academic research, and to think and act like aspiring scholars. Supported by the world-class research faculty, it provides an environment to develop and grow ideas while at the same time fostering intellectual rigor. During my time at HEC Paris, I appreciated and benefited greatly from continuous and stimulating academic exchange.


Ilze Kivleniece - HEC Paris PhD 2012, Strategy

Assistant Professor, Imperial College Business School, UK

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Realize Your Potential


During my time as a doctoral candidate at the strategy department of HEC Paris, I was given autonomy to work on my ideas and the opportunity to advance and sharpen them through the guidance of highly qualified faculty and interactions with an extremely diverse group of fellow PhD students. HEC also enabled me to connect with the global academic community by funding my participation in the top conferences in my field and an academic visit to Cornell University. Overall, HEC Paris offers an excellent international environment where aspiring academics can develop rigorous and relevant research.


Panikos Georgallis, - HEC Paris PhD 2014, Strategy

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Erb Institute and Ross School of Business

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Strive for Excellence


Being a Ph.D. student at HEC Paris has been a very rewarding experience. Faculty members invest a lot in students to help them achieve excellence in academic research. With their invaluable guidance and support, I had the opportunity to present my work at conferences and top business schools around the world. I received job offers from several world-class research institutions and accepted a position at MIT Sloan starting Summer 2013. I strongly advise prospective Ph.D. candidates to consider launching their academic career at HEC Paris.


Jean Noël Barrot - HEC Paris PhD 2012, Finance

Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan

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Application deadline for the 2nd admission session, HEC Paris

The application deadline for the 2nd admission session is May 18th, 2015. Interviews will take place between May 26th and June 10th. The list of admitted students will be published on June 16th, 2015.

News & Updates

Latest Headlines - March 2015

Placements for 2014-2015 Highly Promising

The 2014-2015 job market season is currently shaping up as another excellent placement year for the HEC Paris PhD Program. Candidates have received offers from Princeton University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Bocconi University, Tulane University, and other prestigious institutions.
Our placement page lists the academic placement record of the preceding years, and the complete list of this year's placements will appear once all job market outcomes are known.


HEC PhD research prominently featured on CNBC and Forbes

Research from the PhD thesis of Olivier Dessaint (now Assistant Professor of Finance at University of Toronto-Rotman School) was prominently featured by Forbes and CNBC. See why his thesis research on the timing of earnings announcements contains crucial insights for equity investors.


YouTube Video Playlist Started for the PhD Program

The HEC Paris PhD Program has started its own video playlist on YouTube. You can see the first videos by clicking on the link here. More videos will be coming soon.


DSI Best Dissertation Award for Mahyar Eftekhar

PhD alumnus Mahyar Eftekhar (now Assistant Professor of Operations Management at Arizona State University) won the prestigious "2014 Decision Science Institute Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award" at the DSI Annual Conference, November 2014.

Over the past year, other prestigious prizes and awards won by HEC Paris PhD students include: Top Finance Graduate Award 2014, Future Global Leaders Scholar Award, Finalist for the Stuart I. Greenbaum Best Finance PhD Award, Druid Society Best Young Scholar Paper Award, APIRA Broadbent & Laughlin Emerging Scholar Award, and many others (see Awards page).


New Dates for Virtual Information Sessions

Join us for an informative online discussion about the HEC Paris PhD Program. The next session will be April 9th, 2015, at 4:00 pm. More information here.




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