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HEC Difference

The HEC Paris PhD Program builds on a longstanding tradition of academic excellence

PhD Pier Vittorio Mannucci
HEC has been a nurturing environment that provided rigorous training, and at the same time ensured me the freedom to develop my own original ideas. 

Pier Vittorio Mannucci

HEC PhD 2016, MHR, Associate Professor, LBS (UK)

Why choose HEC Paris for your PhD 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 national and international academic conferences. The website Knowledge@HEC promotes the research activities of the HEC community.

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 PhD 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.

Message from the Dean

KDVWelcome to the one of the world's top PhD Programs in Management.There are many reasons why people pursue their studies and consider obtaining a PhD degree. Maybe you really enjoyed working on your Master thesis and would like to continue doing academic research? Maybe you want to deepen your knowledge in a particular domain? Maybe you love teaching and transferring your expertise to others? Or maybe you appreciate the freedom an academic career offers? These are all good reasons to join the HEC Paris PhD Program.  
Our mission is to prepare you for an academic career at a top 50 business school or research university around the world. We offer high-quality training, guidance, and support to our 65 PhD students who form an integral part of HEC Paris Research Community. I am very proud of all of them – for their curiosity asking offbeat questions, for their creativity designing innovative studies, and for their ambition and perseverance doing research at the edge of their discipline. 
By joining the HEC Paris PhD Program, you do not only benefit from academic and financial support, you also join our vibrant community of researchers, students, corporate relations, and alumni. We have a lively campus where our community meets through research seminars and conferences, business talks, professional workshops, social and cultural events, sports tournaments, and more. We have an active PhD Student Association that organizes academic and social events throughout the year. In short, I guarantee that doing your PhD at HEC Paris is not just intellectually rewarding, but an overall rich experience that will transform you for life. 

My colleagues and I are looking forward to welcoming you to our campus. Meanwhile do not hesitate to contact us for any questions you may have on the program and the admissions process.

Kristine De Valck l Associate Professor of Marketing l Associate Dean I Director of the PhD Program 

Our PhD students benefit from

  • Seven specializations at the frontier of management research
  • Intensive course training in research methods
  • Close supervision by research-driven HEC Paris Faculty members
  • Full involvement in HEC Paris research activities (seminars, brown bags, conferences)
  • Access to HEC Paris corporate network for data collection opportunities
  • Research visit opportunities in the world’s best business schools
  • Support for presentations in the leading academic conferences
  • Support for job placement in top research institutions worldwide
  • Funding by the HEC Foundation
  • A national PhD diploma («Doctorat ès-sciences de gestion») accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education.

HEC Paris maintains strong ties with the higher education system in France and we collaborate with the best local graduate programs in economics and management. 

 

The HEC Paris Research Community 

At HEC Paris, our PhD students are part of the research community that comprises more than 100 research faculty, post-doc researchers, and numerous visiting scholars. Students are member of the GREGHEC Research Center (“laboratoire”) which provides special financial support for more than 25 PhD research projects annually. Many of our students are also research fellow in our various Research Centers. 

 

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A Diversity of Backgrounds

Coming from all continents, PhD students represent a perfect balance of gender, occupational background and disciplinary training.

65

students from all academic backgrounds

80%

international students

40%

women

Stories

PhD Program

At HEC, I can engage with the dynamic research community by collaborating with faculty members and other PhD students. As a PhD student at Systemics and tailored PhD coursework prepare me for a future academic career by gaining knowledge of current...

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Yang DING

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Working at HEC Paris and interacting with students across programs has been a pleasure since the very beginning of my career here. Working with PhD students in particular, has been uniquely fulfilling because the nature of the PhD program allows the...

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Dimitrios Andritsos

Associate Professor, Information Systems and Management Control

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HEC Paris is a fostering and welcoming environment which enables you to believe in – and to achieve – your scholarly goals. As daring as your idea might be, you will be able to find advice on how to develop and enhance it. Same is also true when you...

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Daria Morozova

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