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HEC Difference

HEC Difference

Shape your future and develop an expertise far beyond technical skills at one of the world's top-ranked MBA programs

6 Reasons to Choose HEC Paris

Our MBA program is unique, challenging, rigorous - and absolutely the right preparation for your future success. Here are 6 reasons why the HEC Paris MBA is a solid choice for making your career goals a reality.

Top 5 UniversitiesHEC Paris enjoys a longstanding tradition of educating the leaders who are at the forefront of business. The school has graduated more CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies than any other university in Europe, according to the 2017 Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index.

In addition, nearly 4,000 of our graduates are currently CEOs, CFOs, or have founded their own companies. Our program introduces you to new ways of thinking, and opens up a world of possibilities for making your own mark on the future of business.





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Whether your goal is to join the ranks of a multinational company or to found a startup, you will benefit from the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives at HEC Paris.

An estimated 25 percent of our students go on to start their own businesses, and our faculty supports the creation of nearly 400 schoolwide entrepreneurial projects each year. You can draw on resources such as creativity talks, weekly mentoring sessions with experienced entrepreneurs, and the school’s participation in Station F, where the HEC Incubator is housed, and where HEC Seed, our annual pitch competition, takes place.


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We are committed to shaping the leaders of tomorrow. We strive to instill within our students an understanding that their obligations go beyond the bottom line and that they must contribute to society's greater good.

We not only teach the theories behind leadership, we also provide the ideal environment to put those theories to the test.

A series of hands-on opportunities, such as the two-day Outdoor Leadership Seminar and the student-run, multisport MBA Tournament (MBAT), develop your confidence to lead in all circumstances, and teach you how to motivate others to work toward a common goal.


HEC ChateauAt 140 years old, it is clear that HEC Paris stands the test of time. Ever since the school's founding in 1881, we have continuously enabled our students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to become tomorrow's business leaders.

Ever since its early days, HEC Paris has been a leading institution with an extensive array of options tailored to suit every student’s needs. In 1969, the MBA program (formerly Institut Supérieur des Affaires) was created to enable professionals with previous work experience to excel in their careers. For decades, we have been ranked among the world's best MBA programs.



5 reasons Transformation

At the HEC Paris MBA, we pave the way for transformation. Many of our students succeed in changing their career paths, whether it is by sector, function or location. Among our 2019 graduates, 80 percent changed at least two of these three elements, while 39 percent changed all three aspects of their career.

As an MBA student, you will transform in other ways – our 93 percent international student body enriches the overall experience of our program, shaping your view points and preparing you to work with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. A rigorous combination of academic theory combined with learning-by-doing activities will stretch your limits, and thoroughly prepare you for the real world of business.

Professor Jeremy Ghez is at the forefront of innovative knowledgeAt HEC Paris, our faculty move forward the frontiers of knowledge to create new ideas that will shape tomorrow’s world and have an impact
on our society. In the last 5 years alone, our faculty have published nearly 500 research articles.

Throughout your MBA experience, you will have privileged access to this knowledge. You will be able to discuss, debate and brainstorm in a stimulating
and personalized environment with your professors and your peers.

Leadership in Action

With the HEC Paris MBA's learning-by-doing approach, which puts leadership theory that is learned in the classroom into practice, you'll be immersed in unforgettable hands-on, leadership-development experiences in unusual contexts.

Renowned as the MBA Olympics, the MBAT is the largest gathering of MBA students in Europe.

During this 2-day seminar, you learn how to leverage the strength of your team to accomplish a common goal.

The Alumni Reunion Project gives participants a real-world opportunity to hone their project-management skills.

Learn from some of the most dynamic people in today's business world what it takes to be a successful and innovative leader.

The Executive Committee on Campus (TEC) is a mentorship and business-leadership program designed to help students define their long-term personal and professional goals.

The Social Impact Project provides an opportunity for students to give back to the local community, while practicing skills they’ve been honing during their studies.

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Message from the Dean

kristine de valck

Every day at the HEC Paris MBA, students learn how to think critically, challenge the status quo, and collaborate with people very different from themselves. We call that the HEC Paris MBA difference. You will call it the opportunity of a lifetime.

A truly unique MBA experience

At the HEC Paris MBA, you will find the ideal environment to realize your full potential and become a business leader for the 21st century. Working with other high-achieving participants, you will build your competencies in an energizing, collaborative community that mirrors the diversity of today’s global economy.

A perfect equation between our class size and an individualized approach to learning means that your ideas and input are valued. This encouragement comes both from faculty and other students, in an environment where everyone knows your name and participants form a close-knit community for life.

Conversations with your peers—92 percent international—will shape your viewpoint, enrich your experience and prepare you to work with people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

Excellent professors at the forefront of research will build upon your unique talents and shape your learning experience. Our faculty infuses a rare combination of broad experience, personal insights and the latest in advanced management thinking into their classes.

Armed with the latest knowledge of today, you will be well-prepared to solve the business problems of tomorrow. During our 16-month program, you will develop the core management skills needed to excel in any industry, anywhere in the world. You will also go much deeper, with the flexibility to pursue specialized studies and hands-on learning in the sector of your choice.

At the HEC Paris MBA, you will experience an entirely different approach to leadership. We believe that you must know yourself and your strengths to truly lead. After learning the theories of leadership, you will face your fears, develop critical thinking skills and challenge conventional wisdom in complex situations specifically designed to put those theories to the test.

One-on-one meetings with our Career Center offer you unparalleled advice about achieving your goals. Fuel your career transformation with regular campus visits by top recruiters from some of the world’s most sought-after companies, and by regularly scheduled events with our prestigious network of over 57,000 alumni.

If you are a high achiever who dreams big, with the courage and passion to turn that dream into a reality, the HEC Paris MBA is for you.

-Kristine de Valck, Interim Associate Dean MBA Programs / Dean of Degree Programs, HEC Paris 

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