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Course Portfolio

During the year the students take 5 compulsory core courses.  They can then choose at least 10 electives to tailor their curriculum to their career goals.

At the end of this program you will develop your skills in :

  • Equip students with economic analytical skills useful for business and management
  • Develop ability to conduct financial analysis for a firm.
  • Develop data analytical skills to inform business decisions.
  • Quizzes, exercices
  • Case studies
  • Research paper
  • Group projects

Compulsory Core Courses provide the fundamental building blocks in economic analysis and empirical methods essential for understanding how to go about formulating, analyzing, solving and testing an economic problem. They also provide a thorough understanding of global macroeconomic issues.

Students follow the 5 mandatory core courses:

  • Behavioral economics
  • Econometrics
  • Globalization and financial markets
  • Industrial organization
  • Seminars in macroeconomics

Electives allow students to design their own personal curriculum to suit their career objectives.

Business Economics

  • Applied Contemporary Economics  
  • Business cases in behavioral economics  
  • Decision analysis for smart choices in business and beyond  
  • Game theory  
  • Strategic consulting

International Macroeconomics

  • Country and sovereign risk analysis
  • Macroeconomics of large public debts
  • Macroeconomic analysis applied to financial markets
  • Money, interest rate and monetary

Economics of Sustainable Development

  • Economics of climate change
  • Sustainable and responsible investing


  • Climate change and bank risk management
  • Economics and management of banks (taught in French)
  • Financial cycles and crisis (taught in French)
  • Financing decisions of firms
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Non-bank financial institutions . business practice, financial innovation, systemic risks
  • Quantitative revolution in asset management
  • Structured financing

Data Analytics

  • Business analytics using Python
  • Econometric tools for data analysis
  • Introduction to data analytics using Python

The following courses are offered to students who have no background in economics:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial Economics.

Professional economists, top bank managers and consultancy firms are invited to give lectures on important current economic issues throughout the academic year.

Examples of conferences:

  • Philippe Aghion : ‘The Theory of Growth’/‘Rethinking capitalism: The power of creative destruction’
  • Patrick Artus (Global Chief economist at Natixis): ‘Deflation in the Euro Zone and Application to Monetary Policy’ / All that should be forgotten from traditional Macroeconomics’
  • Corso Bavagnoli (Lazars) : ‘Investment banking: market and opportunities’
  • Thierry Déau (CEO Meridiam) : ‘Infrastructure Financing and Current Trends’
  • Jean-Christophe Mieszala (Director at McKinsey & Company) : ‘The economic and social cost of the energy transition‘ / The rapid growth of global balance sheet’
  • M. Sami Rahal : 'Global Consulting Market Landscape'

Students have the opportunity to go on a study trip during the program, which includes company visits and networking events organized with HEC Alumni’s support.

Job market workshops aim to better prepare students for their job search and cover critical topics like CV presentation, assessment centers and interviews preparation.

Students are required to write a research paper during the program. 

The professional experience requirement is satisfied when the student completes a professional experience of at least 4 months in fields related to their coursework at HEC Paris. It is, however, important to stress that this professional experience may not be an internship per se.

Our policy at HEC Paris is that the best type of internship is a full-time job! We strongly encourage our students to look for permanent hiring as soon as the academic year starts.

As an international business school, HEC Paris welcomes students from all over the world. Almost one hundred nationalities live on the campus. It's a fantastic opportunity to discover other cultures and to share exceptional moments, and it's important that students can communicate as much as they wish.

HEC Paris Learning Center of Languages aims at helping students to learn or strengthen any language they would like, providing a wide range of I.T. and print resources.

Students do not need to speak French to enroll in the program as all core courses and most electives are offered in English. However, some knowledge of French can be useful to enjoy the full HEC experience, become professionally bicultural and optimize networking with French students and alumni. This is why HEC Paris offers optional French language classes.


Sponsored by a company, Certificates are a set of interdisciplinary courses corresponding to approximately 100 contact hours as well as business projects and other types of field work related to a given sector. Each student selected (in the 1st semester) for a certificate will be awarded an additional HEC certificate if he/she validates all the requirements of the course.


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The grade of master, or master's degree, is acquired through various diplomas, officially establishes the level of training at bac + 5. It comes after the bachelor's degree (bac + 3) and precedes the doctorate (bac + 8). It is translated into a number of credits (ECTS): a student with a diploma conferring the grade of master has accumulated 300 ECTS (180 during their bachelor's degree and 120 for the master's degree) during his or her higher education studies, allowing him or her to continue on to a doctorate. Degrees were introduced in France to facilitate European mobility of students and the integration of diplomas between European countries

HEC Paris is accredited by the “Bienvenue en France” certification, by the Campus France organization and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the quality of the reception of its international students. We have obtained the highest level of accreditation, recognizing the quality of HEC Paris for reception in all the criteria provided:

  • The quality and accessibility of information
  • Reception facilities and the integration process within school and life in France
  • Academic support and availability of English-speaking staff and the teaching community
  • Housing and quality of life on campus
  • The quality of post-graduation follow-up and career placement


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Latest update: 01/02/2024

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