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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Teaching PhD Students

I enjoy teaching the PhD students at HEC Paris in the first-year course in Microeconomics, both the students in my own field, of decision sciences, and in other fields such as finance, strategy, marketing and the other specializations. I believe that rigorous training in the fundamental disciplines, such as micro, behavioral sciences, statistics, and econometrics lays the foundations for a high-quality PhD thesis and for a successful research career in the highly competitive academic environment of our times.

Itzhak Gilboa
AXA Chair Professor of Decision Sciences, HEC Paris

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Academic Visits

I am a visiting fellow at MIT Sloan where I have the opportunity to attend the classes of renowned professors like Scott Stern and Eric von Hippel, in addition to the weekly seminars held at the National Bureau of Economic Research. The close-knit community at MIT allows me to work comfortably with other PhD students, and living in Cambridge, MA, means I can interact with a variety of scholars and professors from the surrounding universities of Harvard, BU, and Tufts. Every day from the MIT Innovation Initiative offices near Kendall, I work elbow-to-elbow with entrepreneurs while conducting my own research in innovation—talk about the ideal combination of academic discipline and practical experience!

Wendy Bradley
PhD student in Strategy & Management

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A Diversity of Backgrounds

Prior to attending the PhD program at HEC Paris I worked in military logistics and marketing analytics in the United States. These experiences have been a great complement to the classroom training that I have had at HEC Paris. Moreover my industry background has been a great source of inspiration when designing my research proposals, in collaboration with faculty. As an international student, I appreciate the stimulating academic and cultural experience at HEC Paris, and the diversity of the PhD student community.

Ebenge Usip
PhD student in Operations Management

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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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A Worldwide Network

Exchanging ideas with researchers from other institutions is important. HEC is a vibrant institution with frequent research seminars given by speakers from all around the world. It provides unique opportunities for students to learn and discuss about up-to-date research while constantly meeting new researchers. Thanks to the HEC Foundation, students are encouraged to spend time abroad as visiting scholars and as attendees of top conferences. For example, I spent six months at the University of Michigan where I had the chance to receive guidance from renowned faculty in my field and start research collaborations. I feel that HEC Paris gave me the keys to prepare myself for a fruitful academic career.

Thomas Bourveau, HEC Paris PhD 2015, Accounting
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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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.

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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One-on-One Supervision

I have been supervising PhD students for seven years now. I am extremely proud of all of my current and former students! As a thesis supervisor, 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 of Marketing 

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Program Director

Photo Ulrich Hege

Welcome to the HEC Paris PhD Program, one of the world's top PhD programs in management, located in the heart of Europe! On this web site, you will discover details about our program, its philosophy, seven specializations, the course program, applications and admissions, the profile of our PhD students and their achievements, and on our academic placements and more.


2015-16 New PhD Class

September 2015

The incoming class of PhD students were welcomed by HEC's new Dean Peter Todd on Sept. 8, immediately followed by an Integration Week before they start their course work. 10 PhD students from France (3), China (2), Italy, India, Iran, and Vietnam as well as 6 visiting PhD students have joined our PhD program. See here for the group photo.

New Prestigious Awards for HEC PhD Students

July 2015

New awards for dissertation chapters of recent HEC PhD graduates: Thomas Bourveau (now Assistant Prof. at HKUST) won the Best Paper Award at the MIT Asia Conference, and Boris Vallée (now Assistant Prof. at Harvard Business School) the Prize for Best Fixed Income Paper at the SFS 2015 Cavalcade Conference in Atlanta. He also won the ESRB Best Paper Prize for another dissertation chapter.

Repeated Win of the AFSE Thesis Prize in Economics

July 2015

HEC Paris PhD graduates win the prestigious AFSE Prize (French Economics Association) for the Best Thesis in Economics in France two times in three years: Boris Vallée won the AFSE Prize in 2015, after Marie Laclau in 2013. See the award page for the list of other thesis awards.


1 Oct
1 October 2015

Opening of online applications

Online applications for the 2016 intake will start on October 1st, 2015.

12 Oct
12 October 2015

AACSB-DocNet Forum

HEC Paris participates in the East Coast DocNet PhD Recruitment Tour from Oct. 12 to 14, 2015. Click here for more information.

17 Nov
17 November 2015

Virtual Information Session

Join us for an Informative online discussion about the HEC Paris PhD Program.

30 Jan
30 January 2016

Open Day

We look forward to welcome you on the HEC Paris campus during our Open Day, Saturday, January 30 (from 10:00 to 18:00). The team from the PhD Office and students will be available to present the HEC Paris Doctoral Program.