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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, Management and Human Resources, Assistant 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 groundbreaking research and publications 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

Welcome to the one of the world's top PhD Programs in Management, Finance and Economics. 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 60 PhD students who form an integral part of the 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. For the 2020-2021 academic year, these activities are organized taking into account strict sanitary protocols to guarantee the safety of participants. Likewise, courses are offered in a hybrid format to allow distance participation in case the sanitary situation requires it. 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 about the program and the admission process.

Johan Hombert l Associate Professor of Finance 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, workshops)
•    Access to HEC Paris’ corporate network for data collection opportunities
•    Research visit opportunities in the world’s best business schools with additional financial support
•    Financial support for presentations in the leading academic conferences
•    Financial support for job placement in top research institutions worldwide
•    Generous cost of living scholarship by the HEC Foundation for 5 years
•    100% tuition waiver 
•    A national Master Degree (Master en Sciences du Management) and 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. We collaborate with the Doctoral School of HEC Paris maintains strong ties with the higher education system in France. We collaborate with the Doctoral School of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IPP).


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 members of the GREGHEC Research Center (“laboratoire”) which provides special financial support to more than 25 PhD research projects annually. Many of our students are a research fellow in one of our 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.


students from all academic backgrounds


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PhD information sessions

Vue du campus HEC à Jouy-en-Josas - © Aurélia Blanc 2017
Dec 03, 2021

HEC PhD Program - Virtual Information Session - Management and Human Resources

1:30 pm