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Learning experience

Learning experience

With its concentrated focus on learning-by-doing and real-time problem solving, our challenging 16-month-long program will have a real impact on your future career. You will develop a skillset that truly differentiates you in the global marketplace.

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Elective Courses


Core Courses




Permanent Professors


Intakes, September and January


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16-Month Program

Our 16-month-long program is specifically designed to give you the time needed to learn new skills, as well as gain specific work experience in a new sector or job function. It incorporates a personalized career-development program with our Career Center, as well as unique, hands-on learning and leadership opportunities.

It is an ideal length of time to make a real impact on your future without keeping you out of the workforce for too long.


Two Intakes

We have two intakes each year, in September and January. All of our MBA students follow the exact same core curriculum, regardless of intake and specialization.

MBA September intake schema 2022

Students from both intakes have the opportunity to merge together into one class during the second half of their programs (during the Customized Phase), creating a sense of teamwork in a collaborative community.

MBA January intake schema 2022

* The HEC Paris MBA and EMBA are accredited to grant a Master’s degree under European Standards and, by extension, are registered on RNCP (Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles).

Fundamental and Customized Phases

Whether you choose to enter the HEC Paris MBA in January or September, you'll follow a curriculum that is divided into two phases: Fundamental and Customized.


Fundamental Phase

In the 8-month-long Fundamental Phase, a rigorous combination of academic training and hands-on learning teach core business skills. After eight months, you have developed the exact skills needed to transform business performance.


Customized Phase

During the 8-month-long Customized Phase, you tailor the MBA program to match your personal aspirations and professional objectives. We offer a wide range of options including MBA Specializations (concentrated learning in one sector), elective courses, international exchanges and internship opportunities, as well as in-depth learning projects.

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.

Create your own MBA

Learn the fundamentals of business management from our world-class faculty, and from the thought-leaders and renowned speakers who regularly come to campus. In teams of 4 or 5 students, you'll collaborate with your peers from all over the world to tackle today's most pressing business problems.

Tailor your MBA by choosing one of seven specializations offered yearly during the MBA's Customized Phase. These advanced modules allow you to focus on a specific management skillset, developing your expertise through a “set menu” of mandatory courses which includes one “backbone” class of 36 hours...

Launched in 2020, the CDL Certificate – HEC Paris puts students on the front lines of launching a startup.

MBA Projects allow students to apply classroom-taught knowledge and analytical research to solve a strategically significant issue that is highly relevant for business.

The HEC Paris MBA Program has established double degree programs with leading institutions across the world, allowing our students to benefit from the expertise and resources of two world-leading institutions. Graduates will obtain two degrees and will thus be part of two alumni networks. Admissions...

HEC Paris MBA students have the option of participating in an international exchange during the Customized Phase of the program. We are proud to have more than 30 partner business schools all across the world for you to choose from.

World-Class Faculty

Place yourself at the receiving end of the most important strategies and ideas in business today. At the HEC Paris MBA, you will discuss, debate and brainstorm in a personalized and rigorous environment, with professors who sharpen your analytical skills and give you rock-solid insights for making decisions.

Our 140 permanent professors hold PhDs from the world's leading universities, including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and top European institutions. In the previous five years alone, our professors have published more than 500 research articles, making a substantial contribution to how the world understands business.

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Accreditation Information

Vigorously seeking and maintaining accreditation follows a desire to benchmark our strategies and processes against global norms in business education. Accreditations confirm that the HEC Paris MBA and EMBA have programs and management that meet or exceed international standards. The accreditation of the school is driven by a commitment to improve the quality of management education. Both processes involved a self-assessment analysis followed by an external audit.

Accreditation logos from the AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB

HEC Paris MBA Programs has received accreditation from AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, based in the US), from AMBA (The Association of Masters in Business Administration) and re-accreditation from EQUIS (the accreditation arm of the European Foundation for Management Development - EFMD). HEC Paris is among only 108 institutions worldwide that hold all three accreditations simultaneously.
The HEC Paris MBA and EMBA are accredited to grant a Master’s degree under European Standards and, by extension, are registered on RNCP (Répertoire national des certifications professionnelles).


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The grade de 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.


Fiche RNCP: This program is available in VAE


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