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MBA Project

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

A student presents her MBA Project

Specifics of an MBA Project

MBA Projects take place during the customized phase of the program. They are an ideal way to gain experience in a new sector and/or job function. A project can be carried out individually or in a two-member team. They are worth 12 credits for the 9-month-long project.

What is an MBA Project?Two HEC Paris MBA students working on an MBA Project

Each MBA Project starts by defining a key question, which outlines a clear, operational scope for the project. The answer needs to be analytical and based on (among other things):

  • Key concepts and tools learned during the MBA

  • Collaboration with companies to allow participants to observe and/or act in relevant industries

  • Interviews with key people that will help participants broaden their networks

  • Readings and corporate events


MBA Project Examples

  • How can traditional car manufacturers deal with the wave of automation?
  • Will the price of oil remain durably low?
  • Can the retail industry reinvent itself to overcome its current crisis?
  • How can firms strategize in an increasingly chaotic and unstable world?
  • What does a sustainable business model in luxury look like?

The Scope of the Project

The project should help the participant formulate concrete recommendations (for an industry, for a company or for a broader institution) which need to be both bold and implementable. It should also focus on participants' personal transformation by discussing how this question has shaped their thinking about their professional future.

Each MBA Project is supervised by an HEC Paris tutor, and validated by a jury.