Program Director

Welcome to one of the world's top Ph.D. programs in management!

«Every leading business school or university recruits its professors on the basis of their promise to carry out groundbreaking research and to publish in the leading research journals. The HEC Paris Ph.D. Program prepares students for this challenge. It offers the training needed to enter the demanding world of academia. Built on a strategy of excellence, it aims to attract students with the highest level of academic ambition. The hallmarks of our program are intensive coursework, close supervision and full immersion in the school’s research activities.»

Why choose HEC Paris for your Ph.D. studies

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris consistently ranks among the top research institutions in business, specialized in education and research in management. As a leading academic institution in Europe and worldwide, HEC Paris offers a complete range of selective programs for students and business leaders. The HEC Paris Faculty is dedicated to pushing the frontier of knowledge by actively engaging in research, publishing articles in top academic journals with an international audience and participating in international academic conferences. The website Knowledge@HEC promotes the research activities of the HEC community.

The HEC Paris Ph.D. program builds on a longstanding tradition and strategy of academic excellence. We are renowned for our rigorous selection process, the high caliber and ambition of our students, and our small size program.

Our Ph.D. students benefit from:

  • Intensive course training at the frontier of their field for up to two years
  • Close supervision by international, research-driven, young and renowned Faculty members
  • Instruction and interaction 100% in English
  • Full involvement in the research ethos of HEC Paris
  • Visiting research opportunities in the world’s best business schools
  • Support for presentations in the leading international research conferences
  • Support for job placement in top research institutions worldwide
  • Financing by the HEC Foundation

HEC Paris maintains strong local ties with the higher education system in France and we cooperate closely with the best graduate programs in economics and management. We are also a founding member of the Paris-Saclay University, a community of excellence in research and higher education in France which delivers the French national diploma «Doctorat ès-sciences de gestion».

We look forward to welcoming you soon to our Campus. Meanwhile don't hesitate to contact us for any questions you may have on the program and the admissions process.

Kristine De Valck

Associate Professor of Marketing,
Associate Dean,
Director of the PhD Program