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Admissions

You can apply throughout the year, to begin your MBA journey in either January or September. Our rolling admissions process guarantees you a quick response to your application. Five weeks after the application deadline, you will know if you are admitted to the program.

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How do I apply?

Students come to HEC Paris not just to learn, but also to share their knowledge and experience in a fast-paced, supportive environment. If you are ready to prepare for a leading role in the future of business, we want to hear from you.

 

The Five-Week Application Process

 

Our admissions process is a five-week process


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Our Marketing and Recruitment Managers

If you are looking for feedback on your HEC Paris MBA potential or want more information about the program, you can connect with us before starting your application.

Help us get to know you by completing a quick online form with information on your background and where you are in the MBA process. It takes about 5 minutes and you have the option of attaching your CV. You can also use the comment box to tell us more and/or ask questions.‌ In the following days, you will receive personalized feedback and next steps from your region's Marketing & Recruitment Manager. You will also receive information on invite-only networking events in your city.

The information you enter will not affect your formal application with us, so don't worry if you have not yet taken a GMAT/GRE: our comments are a preliminary evaluation to help you on your MBA journey.

Before applying, decide which deadline you wish to apply for, and submit your application before that date in order to be considered. If you submit an incomplete application, this will cause a delay, and you may be notified that you have been moved to the next month’s jury. 

Use our online application system to submit your application. An auto-save system is in place so that you can manage and edit your application at your own pace. 

Please ensure that your application is complete by checking our Application Checklist before submitting. We double check our received applications to ensure that they are both complete and accurate.

The Admissions Board will then meet for a Pre-Selection Jury, where they will examine your application in detail. During the Pre-Selection Jury, we will consider all of the formal aspects of your application: your educational background, professional experience and international exposure, as well as your essays and recommendations. Your application must show motivation to succeed and clear reasoning for applying to the HEC Paris MBA. All of these aspects are taken into consideration when deciding who to invite for the interview process.

If you successfully pass the Pre-Selection Jury, you will be invited for two interviews. Our interviewers are Alumni of the HEC Paris MBA program. We find that they truly understand what makes a strong MBA candidate and what it takes to succeed in our program.

The interview is a great way for us to assess your communication skills, leadership potential, aspirations and values, as well as how you will fit into the culture at HEC Paris.

Both interviews have equal weighting in the decision-making process and will consist of a 10-minute oral presentation on the topic of your choice, followed by an in-depth discussion concerning your application. The interviews are in English.

Our interviews usually take place in the two weeks leading up to the final Admissions Jury, so plan to make yourself available during that period.

Once the interviews have been completed, our Admissions Jury will then meet to review your application. The Admissions Jury is an official meeting attended by Representatives of the French Ministry of Education, HEC Paris Alumni and the MBA Faculty, as well as the Dean of the HEC Paris MBA. They will review every aspect of your application, including your essays, your letters of recommendation and your performance during the interviews. 

This meeting has three possible outcomes for your application: you may be admitted into the program, not admitted, or placed on the official waiting list. You will be informed of the jury's decision within hours. We hold 12 Admissions Juries each year (1 per month).

Can't find the answer to a question? Send us a message at admissionmba@hec.fr.


HEC Paris MBAs in the cafette

Who are we looking for?

Our MBA students are not only team players. They are individuals who can inspire their colleagues to do their best work. They are ambitious and motivated individuals who want to make a positive and lasting contribution to any organization they serve.

Our Admissions Board is looking for well-rounded applicants who show a strong desire and ability to succeed. Alongside the technical requirements needed to enroll in our MBA program, we also value the following:


We value applicants who show proof of academic strength, with a degree from an accredited university, with a solid knowledge base that they can build upon during their MBA experience.


We also look for candidates who are able and willing to mobilize and adapt their existing knowledge in order to use it within their MBA program. Students must have the intellectual capabilities to thrive in demanding circumstances.


Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds to the HEC Paris MBA.

During the application process, we take your professional background into consideration. We want to see clear evidence of career progression over time, and proof that you have excelled in your current role.

 
You must be able to display the ability and desire to progress professionally. You should be driven with a strong sense of personal direction in order to achieve your chosen career objectives. 

You should be able to share instances where you have excelled as a leader in your personal or professional life.

Our HEC Paris MBA students are globally minded. You must be a well-rounded individual, able to adapt to different cultures from all over the world and collaborate with people of different backgrounds. You must have a good understanding of cultural differences, as well as be ready to share your knowledge and experience with others.

The more you know about how our program fits into your expectations and your future career goals, the better we can judge if you would strive at HEC Paris. 
You must have a clear motivation in applying for the MBA program at HEC Paris, and your application must be consistent in reflecting this

We value passion, humility, individuality and respect for others. You must be able to lead as well as collaborate within a team. 


Requirements

For your application to be considered complete and ready be reviewed for admission, it should meet the following requirements:

You must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited university. We will require official academic transcripts as proof. The requirement of an undergraduate degree may be waived if:

  • You can provide a certificate certifying that you have completed your secondary education. You must also have 5 years minimum of professional experience, with at least 3 years in a managerial position.
  • You are an athlete who has represented your country at a national level.

The ideal candidate has between 2 and 10 years of professional working experience (the average for the Class of 2019 is 6 years).
 

You must have completed and submitted your online application form, which includes the following items:

Application Checklist

  • Completed Application Form
  • Completed Essays
  • 2 Recommendations
  • Current Professional Resume in English
  • Photo
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Copy of Passport (copies of both if you have dual nationality) or birth certificate
  • Official GMAT or GRE score Report (shared with us using our code 0TL-6C-28) and a scan of your score report
  • Test taker copy TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or PTE Score Report
  • Non-refundable application fee of €200

Please use the codes listed below to have your scores sent to the HEC Paris Admissions team.

 
  • GMAT: less than five years old (Code: 0TL-6C-28 the first digit is a "zero")
     
  • The average GMAT score for the class of 2019 is 690. We strongly encourage our candidates to submit a GMAT with balanced scores above 60% for the quantitative and verbal sections
     
  • GRE: GRE test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (Code: 0649)
     
  • We strongly encourage our candidates to submit a GRE score that is at or above the 65th percentile for the quantitative and verbal sections
     
  • You must complete the GMAT or GRE to be considered for admission. No other tests are accepted
     
  • Only official test scores will be accepted
  • Non-native English speakers who do not hold a university degree from a university where English is the teaching language must complete one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEIC, IELTS, PTE, Cambridge English Exams.
  • Minimum TOEFL: 100 internet-based, 600 paper-based
  • Minimum TOEIC: 340 Speaking & Writing and 850 Listening & Reading
  • Minimum IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 on each part of the test
  • Minimum Cambridge English exams (First, Advanced, Proficiency, Business): 185 with a minimum of 176 on each part of the test
  • Minimum PTE: 72
  • These results must be less than two years old (Code: 0649 for TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS results).
  • English is the only language required for admission.

Once admitted to the HEC Paris MBA Program, you will have the opportunity to apply for HEC MBA Scholarships.

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Deadlines

The HEC Paris MBA attracts the best candidates from all over the world. Due to the large number of applications that we receive, we encourage you to apply as early as possible, especially if you require on-campus housing or need a student visa.

Please note that double-degree applicants may have different deadlines. Please check the double-degree section of the website and write to admissionmba@hec.fr for more information.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Application Deadline* Decision Date Deadline to Confirm
2 January 2020 7 February 2020 5 March 2020
3 February 2020 6 March 2020 8 April 2020
2 March 2020 10 April 2020 6 May 2020
1 April 2020 7 May 2020 10 June 2020
4 May 2020**  12 June 2020 7 July 2020
8 June 2020**  17 July 2020 17 August 2020

 

*Application deadlines may be subject to change 
   
** For non EU nationals, we encourage you to apply sooner due to housing and student visas

Application Deadline*

Decision Date Deadline to Confirm
2 January 2020 7 February 2020 5 March 2020
3 February 2020 6 March 2020 8 April 2020
2 March 2020 10 April 2020 6 May 2020
1 April 2020 7 May 2020 10 June 2020
4 May 2020**  12 June 2020 7 July 2020
8 June 2020**  17 July 2020 17 August 2020
14 August 2020**  18 September 2020 14 October 2020
14 September 2020**  16 October 2020 18 November 2020
14 October 2020**  20 November 2020 16 December 2020
16 November 2020**  18 December 2020 4 January 2021

*Application deadlines may be subject to change 

** For non EU nationals, we encourage you to apply sooner due to housing and student visas

 

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