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Top Placements


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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Realize Your Potential


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

Photo Ilze Kivleniece

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

Photo Kristine De Valck

One-on-One Supervision


I have been supervising PhD students since about five years now. Two of ‘my’ students have graduated and both have obtained academic positions. Currently, I am (co-)supervising four students. I am extremely proud of all of them! Being a thesis supervisor is a bit like being a parent: you need to give clear direction, but you also need to give room to students’ personal discovery by trial and error. You need to give all the support you can give, and then you need to let them go their own way. I love working together with my PhD students. It is enriching to see them grow and become experts in a field.


Kristine De Valck

Associate Professor in Marketing, HEC Paris

Photo Thomas Roulet

Develop Your Network


When I applied for PhD programs in 2009, I hesitated between some programs in the US and HEC. When I look back, I don’t regret my choice. Thanks to the support of the HEC Foundation and the assistance of my supervisor, I had the opportunity to carry out my research at Columbia University as a visiting scholar. Here, I had the chance to receive the mentorship of well-known professors. More generally, HEC Paris gave me the keys to successfully make my first steps in the scholarly world and prepare myself to engage in a fruitful academic career.


Thomas Roulet - HEC Paris PhD 2013, Strategy

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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16 May 2014

Application deadline for the 2nd session, HEC Paris

The application deadline for the 2nd session is May 16th, 2014. Interviews will take place the first 2 weeks of June and the list of admitted students will be published on June 19th, 2014.

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Top Placements 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 job market season promises to be another bumper year for the HEC Paris PhD Program. Candidates have accepted faculty positions at Harvard Business School, Rotman - University of Toronto, Judge – Cambridge University, Board of Governors, and postdocs as NBER Fellow, at University of Michigan and University of Lugano. A complete announcement will appear on our placement page once all job market outcomes are known.


Record Conference Participation 2014

HEC Paris PhD students in Accounting and Management Control, Marketing, Organizations and Human Resources, as well as in Finance have been accepted to present at the Transatlantic Doctoral Conference (TADC) in London in May 2014 that brings together PhD students from the best programs in the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. Since January 2014, HEC PhD students have also received conference acceptances at AOM, WFA, POMS, EGOS and other prestigious conferences.


Top Finance Graduate Award

Boris Vallee, HEC PhD candidate who is joining Harvard Business School in September 2014, is a recipient of the Top Finance Graduate Award that honors every year 5 or 6 of the best finance job market candidates worldwide.  PhD students from HEC Paris have won this award two years in a row.  Over the past year, HEC Paris PhD students have also won many other prestigious prizes and awards: Best Thesis Award of the French Economic Association, Finalist for the Stuart I. Greenbaum Best Finance PhD Award, Druid Society Best Young Scholar Paper Award, APIRA Broadbent & Laughlin Emerging Scholar Award, AFC-FNEGE Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize, AFFI EUROFIDAI.


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