FAQ Admissions

What is important in your PhD application?

How can I apply?

To apply for the HEC Ph.D., applicants are invited to apply either at the January session or April session. See here for detailed application calendar. 

Please note that we apply the online application system (no paper) and that only completed applications including the below information will be accepted:

  • GMAT or GRE (Graduate Management admissions tests)
  • TOEFLIELTS  (English language aptitude tests). Exemptions for English natives and applicants who studied at least one year of their graduate studies in English language.
  • 2 online recommendations
  • CV (résumé)
  • Personal statement motivating your choice of pursuing a Ph.D. in Management
  • Scan of official university degrees
  • Scan of official transcripts of university studies
  • Additional research material that may support your application (dissertation, paper...)
  • Copy of your ID or passport
  • 1 passport size photo
  • Application fee: 50€

Why are there two admission deadlines?

Most top PhD programs have application deadlines in January or earlier, but many candidates are not ready with their application material at that time, especially in Europe where many programs have deadlines in May or June. For this reason the HEC Paris PhD Program offers two deadlines: candidates who are ready in January can receive early notification about their admission to the program, whereas candidates that need more time to prepare their application can take advantage of the late deadline in April.

There is no difference in the chances of admission between both deadlines. We apply strictly the same criteria, and the quality of the admitted candidates is the same. Thus, if you are ready in January, there is no reason to defer your application, but also no penalty when you do so.

What is the purpose of the tests?

The GMAT or GRE tests help us to evaluate the applicant’s analytical capabilities that are essential for a successful career in research. There is no minimum required test score, but successful candidates typically have very good test scores in the top quartile of the distribution. The average GMAT of admitted candidates is in general around 700.

The TOEFL or IELTS English language tests help us to appraise the applicant's language proficiency. Perfect knowledge of English is absolutely essential for a successful international research career in management. The HEC PhD Program is taught 100% in English.

Can I get a waiver for the tests?


No, none of our Programs at HEC apply waivers. The PhD Program also require a management test from every candidate and cannot be waived by previous professional or research experience.


 We offer a waiver for the English language test if you are a native English speaker, or if you studied you Master in English for at least one year, of if you can show evidence of very strong English skills by other means. Please contact the admissions office to check your exemption options.

Will an incomplete application be taken into consideration?

HEC Paris receives a large number of applications every year and only completed online applications will be considered. However, we may exceptionnally accept unofficial scores for candidates whose test date is very close to the application deadline. In this case you should upload your unofficial score in the space 'supporting documents'.

Can I apply again if I was rejected?

No, you cannot apply twice in the same recruitment year.

If you have been rejected you may apply again for the following intake but it makes sense only if there is a substantial addition to the application material provided (improved GMAT/GRE score, a new excellent diploma, research papers or other remarkable academic achievements, etc.).

Education and Work Experience

The 'main degree' is the university degree that confirms your eligibility to apply to the PhD program. Please note that you must hold a Master degree or equivalent to apply for the program.

You may also indicate another university degreeif you find it relevant to your application.

Pull-down menus are available to facilitate your entries. The lists are not exhaustive. In the case a data is missing, you can click on ''Other'' and then enter the required data.

Regarding languages, please start by filling in your mother tongue then add any other language(s) you may consider relevant for your application.

The requested C.V. résumé (to be downloaded in the 'Supporting documents' section) will complete the information concerning your studies, language skills, and professional experience.

Proficiency tests / Management tests

To complete your application file, you must submit a GMAT or a GRE test score. Please note that we do not accept tests taken more than 5 years ago.

There is no waiver granted concerning the Management tests neither for previous professional experience nor for previous research experience.


GMAT is organized by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council).

For full information about the test, please consult the following website: www.gmat.com.


GRE is organized by ETS (Educational Testing Service).

For full information about the test, please consult the following website: www.ets.org/

Proficiency tests / English tests

To complete your application file, you must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS  score which must be less than 3 years old.


IELTS is organized by IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

For full information about the test, please consult the following website: www.ielts.org/


TOEFL is organized by ETS (Educational Testing Service).

For full information about the test, please consult the following website: www.ets.org/toefl/


You can get a waiver for the English language test if you are a native English speaker, or if you attended a master-level or bachelor-level academic program fully taught in English for one year or more, of if you can show evidence of very strong English skills by other means.


Please fill in the contact information of two references.

You are free to choose your references. Academic references are preferable (see also our video on top of the FAQ). A third reference can be added if you find it relevant to  your application.

Once you have filled out the contact details, your referees will receive immediately an invitation by email to connect and complete objectively their recommendation online. They can accept or deny the request. You will be informed of each step (acceptation, deny, completion).

Supporting documents

The supporting documents must be uploaded in .pdf format on the Application website.

Size is limited to 30 Mo max. (for each document).

You can upload up to 10 documents in .pdf format (research material) that you deem relevant for your application in the optional 'Supporting Documents' section (but we recommend to give strict preference to quality over quantity, and to upload not more than 3 pieces by choosing your best work).


Please note that each application must contain the required supporting documents for your application to be considered.


Application fees

The amount of the application fees is 50€ (online payment via the application website). ¨Please contact us for other means of payment, doctorat@hec;fr

We kindly remind you that the application fee non-refundable and cannot be waived

Final submission of your application

Please click on `submit' your application ONLY once you have entered ALL THE REQUIRED INFORMATION.

Please submit the supporting documents as early as possible to complete your application file. When receiving these documents, we will review your application, and confirm that it is complete and eligible.

Please note: The eligibility of your application can be confirmed only upon payment of the application fee of 50€. If you cannot pay by credit card and need to pay by check or wire transfer, please contact the admissions service (doctorat@hec.fr).


Please note that once your application file has been submitted, you will no longer be able to modify it.