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Who we look for

Build on a strategy of excellence, the HEC Paris PhD Program, known for its small size, aims to attract outstanding and motivated future PhD students with a clear ambition to become top researchers in international academic institutions.

We welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities who


  • hold a Master's degree or equivalent (or currently enrolled) in any field (sciences, engineering, political science, etc)
  • are fluent in English
  • have an outstanding academic record
  • are motivated to study a one of the best research business schools.

·       Previous professional experience is not a requirement but may be a plus depending on the specialization.

When to apply

Preparing an application for a PhD Program is a long process and may take time, not only to complete the online application and write your personal statement, but also to choose your referees. Preparing the GMAT or GRE  test may also take time.

The second and last admissions round of the recruitment year is now closed. The application system will open again on September 2, 2019.

In order to give a maximum of chance for applicants to submit an outstanding and complete application, we have decided to hold two admissions sessions, one in January and one in April. There is no difference whether you apply in the first or second round.  

Admissions Calendar:

Round 1 Round 2
Opening of the system: August 22, 2019 Opening of the system: January 9, 2020  

Application deadline: January 9, 2020

Application deadline: April 23, 2020

How to apply

At HEC Paris we apply the online application system. Therefore, we will not accept any application or document sent by email or by post. 

The selection is a 2 phase process:

  1. Evaluation of your application and supporting documents (approximately 2 - 3 weeks after the deadline).
  2. Interview for pre-selected applicants (face-to-face or Skype).

Admission results are published within 5 - 6 weeks after the application deadline.

A complete application should include the following:

  • Degree certificate(s) or current enrollment certificate
  • All official academic transcripts obtained in a higher education institution 
  • Personal statement motivating your choice of pursuing a PhD in Management
  • Research material that may support your application (dissertation, paper, research work, ...)
  • Résumé (CV)
  • Management test score report: GMAT or GRE official test score report **
  • English language proficiency test score report: TOEFL or IELTS *
  • 2 completed online reference forms from professors
  • Passport-style photo and proof of ID
  • Non-refundable application fee of €50.

* Exemption for English natives. 

** No exemption is granted for the management test. Business studies and professional experience cannot waive the test requirement.

Please use the below HEC Paris codes to order your score report(s):

GMAT: 0TL-6C-99
GRE: 0795
TOEFL: 3306


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Visiting students

The HEC PhD program offers the possibility  for PhD Students from other universities to spend time at HEC Paris as a visiting student through the Individual Study Program, the Individual Research Program or by joining one of our Blocked Seminars.

This is a unique opportunity to study and network with HEC PhD Students  and Faculty. 


The HEC Paris PhD Program offers every year an attractive series of PhD Blocked Seminars open to PhD in management students from all over the world. Each Blocked Seminar offers PhD-level training, typically about current research trends and frontiers in specialized topics.

Under the IRP program, the PhD program offers the opportunity for Professors at HEC Paris to invite advanced PhD students with strong research credentials to join their department as visiting students.

The HEC Paris PhD program welcomes every year PhD students from other universities who wish to benefit from courses and seminars as well as individual supervision by the professor who is the primary host.