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Program details

The PhD program prepares students for a career in research and academia

PhD - story - I. Gilboa
I believe that rigorous training in the fundamental disciplines, such as micro, behavioral sciences, statistics, and econometrics lays the foundations for a high-quality PhD thesis and for a successful research career in the highly competitive academic environment of our times. 

Itzak Gilboa

Professor of EDS


The PhD program prepares students for a career in research and academia. This requires in depth knowledge of a particular field of management research, solid training in research methods, as well as hands-on experience in collecting and analyzing data, writing and presenting papers, academic networking and publishing research.


HEC Paris PHD curriculum

The PhD program is structured in two phases

In the first two years, our students fulfill at least 320 hours of coursework. Foundations of Management Courses address the fundamental principles of management, while Specialization Courses offer state-of-the-art insight in a particular management discipline. Methodology Courses help students to develop the skills needed to produce research publishable in top academic journals. Finally, Professional Development Courses aim to prepare students for the academic job market by offering training in pedagogy and career management. Note that students have the option to take French Language Courses throughout the PhD Program. 

At the end of the first year, students take a comprehensive exam in their field of specialization.  In the second year, students move from merely consuming to producing research. They choose an advisor with whom they closely collaborate to develop theory and design empirical studies. Phase I is concluded with the successful defense of a dissertation proposal. 

  • Microeconomics
  • Organizational Theory
  • Social Psychology in Organizations
  • The Economics of Organization
  • Applied Research in Financial Accounting
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Digital Currencies and Blockchains
  • Game Theory
  • Inventory Models
  • Work, Labor Markets, and Human Resource Management
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Bayesian Methods 
  • Experimental Design
  • Identification Methods
  • Macroeconometrics
  • Network Analysis
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Semi and non-Parametric Econometrics
  • Structural Econometrics

During this dissertation phase, students are encouraged to present their research at national and international academic conferences, and spend time as a visiting scholar at a top university or business school abroad to build an academic network, work with co-authors, and receive feedback on their research. 

The HEC Paris PhD Program offers generous support to students to present their research output at academic conferences. Conference funding includes transportation, food and lodging, visa costs, and conference fees. On average, our students participate in two academic conferences annually.  

HEC Paris Faculty have a strong network of co-authors who work at top business schools and leading research universities around the world. They call on this network to help PhD students receive invitations for research visits ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year. These visits present a great opportunity for students to get feedback on their dissertation papers, collaborate with renowned faculty, grow their academic network, and prepare the job market. The HEC Paris PhD Program has a Research Visit Fund to which students can apply to receive additional funding.

Institutions visited in recent years

Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, USA
Cornell SC College of Business, USA
Department of Psychology, Stanford University, USA
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA
Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, USA
Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, USA
HEC Montréal, Canada
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA
Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, USA
Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada
Schulich School of Business, York University, USA
Sloan School of Management, MIT, USA
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA
Stern School of Business, New York University, USA
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Yale School of Management, USA

Cass Business School, City University of London, UK
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
London School of Economics, UK
Luiss University, Italy
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK
Swedish House of Finance, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
UNIL – University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

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