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Who we look for

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

Our program is known for its small size and therefore we offer only 10 - 12 seats every year.

We welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities, who are fluent in English and who have an outstanding academic record.

A university degree in a specific field is not required but applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent (sciences, engineering). Previous professional experience is not a requirement but may be a plus depending on the specialization.


When to apply

Filling out an application 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. 

Preparing an application for a PhD Program is a long process. 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 wether you apply in the first or second round.  Admissons Calendar:

Round 1 Round 2
Opening of the system: September 1, 2018 Opening of the system: January 10, 2019   

Application deadline: January 9, 2019 
 Session closed

Application deadline: April 24, 2019

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. Pre-selected candidates are invited for an interview (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.

* English natives and applicants who studies their university degree in English are exempted. 

** 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 Progam or by joining one of our  Blocked Seminars.

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


The HEC Paris PhD Program offers every year an attrative 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.