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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

Photo Rodolphe Durand

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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01 October 2014

Opening of online applications, HEC Paris

Admission application for 2014 is now closed. Online applications for 2015 intake will start on October 1st, 2014.

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10 October 2014

AACSB DocNet Forum, HEC Paris

Explore a career in Academia: representatives from top US and European PhD programs in management will be available to meet you.

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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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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 - September 2014

AACSB DocNet Forum for PhD Programs on October 10 at HEC Paris

HEC Paris will host the AACSB DocNet Forum on October 10, 6pm to 8pm, on its campus, with representatives from Harvard Business School, Chicago Booth, Berkeley Haas, Michigan Ross, INSEAD, HEC Paris and several other top US and European PhD programs. There will be a roundtable with information on PhD programs in management, and a fair where each school will provide information on its program. Please go to this link to register for the event. Click here for more information.


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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