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Custom Courses: Specializations and Electives

The HEC Paris Executive MBA offers students a choice of 8 different specializations that allow you to gain expertise in a field of management or industry of your choice and network with key players and decision-makers. 


The specializations enable you to expand your knowledge of a specific industry, identify strategic opportunities, and fine-tune your analytical and decision-making skills. 

Our professors teaching our specializations come with a vast base of knowledge and experience in their areas of expertise. Their knowledge is complemented with visiting industry experts and business leaders, empowering you to accelerate and transform your career.

Your EMBA can be further tailored to your goals with an elective of your choice. 

By 2030, 50% of the major companies that we know today will have disappeared. If they want to survive, all organizations throughout the world have to ask themselves a fundamental question - how can they acquire the agility of a start-up in structures with hundreds or even thousands of employees? The answer is to create and develop a new form of company, which will thrive from strategic planning and utilizing the digital technologies available. 

This specialization is aimed at executives and senior managers who are seriously thinking about committing themselves to new business ventures as either entrepreneurs, investors or consultants. To successfully launch a StartUp, or take over an existing one, it is vital to master key areas of management such as marketing, strategy, HR and finance. You will learn how to differentiate your business to ensure its success. 

Innovation and entrepreneurship are essential drivers of growth and the main sources of value and wealth creation. They therefore need to be managed very carefully and with great discipline in both startups and established firms. This specialization is aimed at executives seeking to develop their entrepreneurial skills, launch new business ventures and discover best practices for stimulating innovation.

This specialization is aimed at executives and senior managers working or planning to work in industries and services where energy production and consumption can have significant consequences on the corporate bottom line. It addresses the need for leaders to develop a comprehensive and strategic view of the energy industry and to understand its opportunities, operational challenges and the emergence of a growing renewable energy industry. 

This specialization is aimed at executives and senior managers who want to become the next generation of socially aware business leaders in the rapidly changing and emerging world economy. The demand and need for sustainable business models is stronger than ever, and you will learn to build and transform socially responsible businesses, whilst maintaining and growing profitability through new value chains. 

The combination of world-class faculty, cutting-edge research, publications in the field of luxury management and the significant number of CEOs from luxury organizations among its alumni enables HEC Paris to offer a truly exclusive program in luxury.

The service sector dominates the world’s advanced economies, and manufacturing organizations increasingly realize that services can provide a powerful way to deliver value to their customers. However, designing and delivering excellent services can be incredibly difficult due to the unique challenges that they present.

This specialization is open to executives who wish to equip themselves with the cutting-edge thinking, best practices, established conceptual frameworks, and modern business analytics tools needed to address these challenges and lead their organizations towards the successful design and delivery of exceptional services. More broadly, this major will be particularly appealing to participants who plan to work in, advise, lead, or invest in service organizations or manufacturing organizations where service is (or is becoming) a key component of the value proposition.

For executives who would like to deepen their knowledge of Banking Regulation, Equity Research, Corporate Restructuring and Hedging. 


To ensure your EMBA perfectly fits their goals, participants will choose from the following electives: 

  • Strategic Management of Innovation
  • Organizational Design and Management
  • Design Thinking
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy: From Ideation to Exit
  • Business Strategy
  • New Product Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Change-making
  • Scaling Up Operations
  • Marketing Through Social Media
  • "Mountain Crisis Management” seminar
  • Sustainable Transition Management Essentials
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Sustainable Strategy
  • Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Sustainable marketing
  • Sustainable Governance
  • Inclusive Business as a Lever of Change
  • The Entertainment Industry
  • Fundamentals of Negotiation
  • Positive Psychology for Managers
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Branding
  • Business Simulation: The Fresh Connection
  • Responsible Leadership 
  • Management Buyouts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (law)
  • All HEC Paris Certificates (GE)
  • Seminars in San Francisco (UCLA), Rio de Janeiro(FDC)

*Please note that this list is subject to change depending on course availability; some courses may require travel and additional time commitments.