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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

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 Panikos Georgallis

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

Photo Jean-Noël Barrot

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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09 January 2015

Application deadline for the 1st admission session, HEC Paris

The application deadline for the next admission session is January 9th, 2015. Interviews will take place between January 21st and February 2nd. The list of admitted students will be published on February 5th, 2015.

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31 January 2015

Open Day 2015, HEC Paris

We look forward to welcome you on the HEC Paris campus during our Open Day, Saturday, January 31st (from 10:00 to 18:00). The team from the PhD Office and students will be available to present the HEC Paris Doctoral Program.

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18 May 2015

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 - October 2014

New Videos Presenting the PhD Program

The HEC Paris PhD Program launches a small series of videos with testimonials presenting the program on YouTube. You can see the first by clicking on the clip to the right. More will be coming soon.


Virtual Information Sessions

Join us for an informative online discussion about the HEC Paris PhD Program on November 20th at 4:00 pm. More information here.


2014-2015 Incoming Class

A class of 13 new PhD students with impressive pedigree has joined the HEC Paris PhD Program on September 8, starting with an Integration Week that introduces them to the program and the school. Students come from 9 different countries: China (3), France (3), India, Finland, Italy, Romania, Turkey, Montenegro, and South Korea.


Top Placements 2013-2014

The 2013-2014 job market season was another bumper year for the HEC Paris PhD Program. The complete list of placements for the 2013-2014 job market is now posted on the Placements page.


New Prestigious Awards for HEC PhD Students

Over the past year, PhD students from HEC Paris have won many prestigious prizes and awards. They have won the Top Finance Graduate Award that honors every year 5 or 6 of the best finance job market candidates worldwide two years in a row, as well as:  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 Best Doctoral Dissertation Prize, AIMS Best Young Scholar Award.


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