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17 kilometers from the center of Paris, the HEC Paris MBA is on a 340-acre, wooded campus with its own Chateau. HEC Paris is situated in the Paris-Saclay Innovation Cluster, designed to unite France’s best research institutions, hi-tech businesses, startups and universities.

HEC Paris enjoys a longstanding tradition of educating the leaders who are at the forefront of business today. 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.

The 16-month-long curriculum, which includes a fundamental stage and a customized stage, is specifically designed to give students the time needed to learn new skills, as well as gain specific work experience in a new sector or job function. The HEC Paris MBA also incorporates a personalized career-development program with our Career Center, as well as unique, hands-on learning and leadership opportunities, such as the two-day seminar at St. Cyr and the on-campus MBA Tournament (MBAT).


What is the tuition for the HEC Paris MBA program?

The tuition for the HEC Paris MBA program is 98,000 euros. HEC Paris estimates that students will spend an additional 24,825 euros in budgeted living expenses.

What is the average GMAT score for admission to the HEC Paris MBA program?

The average GMAT score for the incoming class at HEC Paris is 690.

Does the HEC Paris MBA program accept the GRE?

Yes. The HEC Paris MBA program has accepted the GRE for a few years now.

What is the minimum number of years of work experience required for admission to the HEC Paris MBA program?

HEC Paris recommends that candidates have 2 to 10 years of work experience. However, it is important for candidates to be aware that they are being considered against other candidates with an average of 6 years of experience.

What is the average number of years of work experience for admission to the HEC Paris MBA program?

The average number of years of work experience among students in the HEC Paris MBA program is 6.

What is the average starting salary for graduates of the HEC Paris MBA program?

The average base starting salary for HEC Paris MBA graduates is $115,827 annually.

How long is HEC Paris's full-time MBA program?

HEC Paris offers a 16-month MBA program.

What are the application deadlines for the HEC Paris full-time MBA program?

The September 2024 intake has the following deadlines for the 2023-2024 admissions season: August 14, September 11, October 13, November 13, December 11, January 15, February 12, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17. The January 2024 intake has the same deadlines through November 13, 2023.


Day 1 at the HEC Paris MBA

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Every year, HEC Paris MBA students attend a 2-day, off-campus leadership seminar at Saint-Cyr. This annual seminar is specifically designed to improve their team-leadership skills through a series of increasingly difficult tasks supervised by leadership experts. Learn more about the HEC Paris MBA 'learning by doing' approach: Follow us on Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: LinkedIn:


The Class Profile

Comprised of 243 students, the HEC Paris MBA Class of 2024 had an average GMAT of 690. Thirty-eight percent are women, while 95% are international. The class matriculated at an average age of 30 and with an average of 6 years of work experience.

Application Procedures

HEC Paris has a rolling admissions process for both September and January intakes. There are monthly application deadlines. Decision dates are also four to five weeks after the deadlines.

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

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Interview Reports

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HEC Paris LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire

February 20, 2024 2:23pm ET
Accepted to HEC Paris
Round: Rolling Admissions
Received via email February 20, 2024
GPA: 3.11
GRE: 318
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Entrepreneurship
Application Location: Pakistan

- elated to get into HEC with average academic outlook
- good overall profile (in terms of professional and extracurriculars); proven accounts of social entrepreneurship and managing large-scale programs with huge social impact
- 4 years of public sector consulting
- founding team member of a social enterprise

February 16, 2024 1:20pm ET
Accepted to HEC Paris
Round: Round 3
Received via email February 16, 2024
GPA: 2.5
GMAT: 620
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: Boston
February 12, 2024 6:36am ET
Interview Invite to HEC Paris
Round: Round 2
Received via portal on January 24, 2024
GPA: 3.11
GRE: 318
Program Type: One Year Program
Post MBA Career Name: Non Profit / Social Impact
Application Location: Pakistan

application submitted on 14th January, Pre-selected on 29th January, Interviews with Alumni done, awaiting final decision.

February 7, 2024 1:51pm ET
Interview Invite to HEC Paris
Round: Round 3
Received via email
GPA: 2.5
GMAT: 620
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: Boston
January 22, 2024 10:09am ET
Interview Invite to HEC Paris
Round: Rolling Admissions
Received via email on January 19, 2024
GPA: 2.89
GRE: 319
Program Type: One Year Program
Post MBA Career Name: Finance
Application Location: Accra
January 18, 2024 11:13am ET
Accepted to HEC Paris
Round: Round 5
Received via phone January 18, 2024
GPA: 3.8
GMAT: 720
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: Lima, Peru
January 3, 2024 3:48pm ET
Accepted to HEC Paris
Round: Round 2
Received via email on November 13, 2024
GMAT: 700
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Healthcare
Application Location: Belgium
December 13, 2023 2:01am ET
Accepted to HEC Paris
Round: Rolling Admissions
Received via email on November 20, 2023
GPA: 7.63
GMAT: 740
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: India

2 weeks after applying for interview invite and 2 more weeks for interviews. Jury decisions are out on 14th of every month.

MBA DecisionWire

February 23, 2024 11:16pm ET
Enrolled: UPenn / Wharton
Admitted: NYU Stern , UPenn / Wharton $
Yale SOM $
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard Business School, NYU Stern, UPenn / Wharton, Yale SOM
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Asset Management, inc. Hedge Funds
GMAT: 770
GPA: 4
February 23, 2024 7:25pm ET
Enrolled: Undecided
Admitted: NYU Stern
Applied: NYU Stern
Entering Year: 2023
Post MBA Career: Private Equity Companies: Bain Capital, Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Group, TPG, KKR
GMAT: 720
GPA: 3.4
Location: LatAm
February 18, 2024 12:29pm ET
Enrolled: Undecided
Admitted: Boston College / Carroll , UNC Kenan-Flagler , Vanderbilt / Owen , Other
Applied: UNC Kenan-Flagler, Other, Vanderbilt / Owen, Boston College / Carroll
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Investment Banking, Private Equity Companies: Bank of America, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Group, TPG
GMAT: 700
Location: India

Please advise. I am interested in investment banking firm in new york city.I need sponsorship.
Help to choose between unc kenan Flagler, Vanderbilt owen, Fordham, boston College Carroll.

February 18, 2024 4:38am ET
Enrolled: Undecided
Admitted: Berkeley / Haas $
Duke / Fuqua $
Michigan / Ross $
MIT Sloan $
USC / Marshall $
Applied: USC / Marshall, MIT Sloan, Michigan / Ross, Berkeley / Haas, Duke / Fuqua, Harvard Business School
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Consulting, Technology
GMAT: 760
Location: Europe

Torn between Haas, Sloan, Ross. Slight preference for west coast. Ideal post-MBA goal is tech (i.e. Haas/Sloan) or consulting. Terrified of taking on debt as international student (H1B unpredictable, recruiting way down, high interest). Should I just take the $ at Ross and enjoy my time?



The HEC Paris MBA provides a personalized and stimulating environment where students discuss, debate and brainstorm with our 138 top professors.


The 16-month curriculum at HEC Paris is split into the Fundamental Phase, which is comprised of core courses, languages, leadership development and career building and coaching, and the Customized Phase, which allows for electives, fieldwork or an international exchange and a specialization. The HEC Paris MBA has two intakes, one beginning in September and the other beginning in January.  Each class takes the same core curriculum and, during the customized phase, the two classes may overlap and collaborate further.

During the first eight months of the program, students are divided into working groups of 4 to 5 students, each from different countries and sectors. These hand-picked groups allow student to take full advantage of the 93 percent international class. Students collaborate with and learn from each other, gaining a global view of business and practical experience with working in international teams. The core curriculum during the Fundamental Phase is broken down into two sections.  The first is focused on building a theoretical foundation about business, including subjects such as marketing and economics.  The second set of core courses move onto advanced topics, such as operations management and organizational behavior.

Seminars and student-run events comprise the leadership development section of the Fundamental Phase.  For example, students may run conferences, participate in the MBA Tournament, or attend the CEO series for lectures from leading business professionals.

During the eight-month Customized Phase, students are able to tailor their MBA program to match their personal aspirations and professional objectives. Students have a choice of seven different specializations, and there are a wide range of options including elective courses, international exchanges, internship opportunities and in-depth learning projects.

The HEC Paris MBA program has also established double degree programs with leading institutions around the world.

Other Degree Options

HEC Paris offers several Executive MBA options, including the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, in partnership with NYU’s Stern School of Business and London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as the HEC Executive MBA, which includes several majors and allows students to study in Paris, Doha, or at partner universities across the world.

Specializations at HEC Paris

  • Advanced Management
  • Digital Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Sustainable & Disruptive Innovation

Degree Offerings at HEC Paris
Full-time MBA

Double Degrees

TRIUM Global Executive MBA

HEC Paris Executive MBA

Campus Life

Clubs, Conferences & Competitions

Outside of their academic responsibilities, HEC Paris MBA students can take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities. The school’s more than 20 student-run clubs cover students’ social, professional and cultural interests and include organizations such as the Wine & Spirits Club, Technology Club and Asia Pacific Business Club.  HEC Paris also hosts the largest annual gathering of international business school students for the MBA Tournament, a student-run sporting event.  Around 1,500 MBA students from 15 business schools come together for a three-day competition in May each year.

To further celebrate the international diversity on its campus, HEC Paris also runs Cultural Weeks. These weeks are organized by students in order to let the larger community learn more about their home countries. Weeks typically include fashion shows, live performances and culinary samplings from a given culture.  For instance, Japanese Cultural Week showcased traditional costumes and the week was capped off with sushi, maki and sashimi.

Campus Spaces

The campus is located in the French countryside 12 miles southwest of Paris, which is just a 45-minute trip away, on a 340-acre wooded expanse that includes a chateau, forest and lake. The campus has a gym, library, language lab, tennis courts, rugby and soccer fields, and running and hiking trails.  The nearby village of Jouy-en-Josas is a quintessential French village, and has basic necessities like a bakery, bank, restaurants and a supermarket.  The majority of students live in on-campus residences.

Students take advantage of proximity to Paris – the HEC Paris Alumni House, for instance, is located in a historical building near Grand Palais in the center of Paris.

MBA Careers

Career Services

The Career Center includes Career & Corporate Development Managers and an Employer Engagement team. The Careers Curriculum is incorporated into the academic curriculum and students must earn credits through career activities in order to graduate. The team offers a personalized and customized approach based on three main principles: Know yourself, know the market and match yourself to the market.

Career Statistics

Ninety-two percent of the Class of 2022 were employed within three months of graduation. Members entered a variety of sectors upon graduation. The most popular sectors were consulting and technology, claiming 25 percent and 23 percent respectively. The next most popular sector was financial services, with 15% of the class joining companies in this field. Manufacturing and retail/luxury each saw eight percent of HEC graduates.

Twenty-two percent stayed in France for post-MBA employment. Forty-four percent landed in the rest of Europe. Asia & Oceania took in 12% of the class while North America and MENA saw 8% and 9% of graduates, respectively.

HEC Paris paves the way for students to change their careers, whether function, industry or location. For the Class of 2022, 77% changed their sector; 695% changed function; and 74% changed location. Seventy-nine percent changed at least two of these elements and 35% changed all three.


Tuition fees for the September 2024 intake are 98,000 euros.

All applicants admitted into the HEC Paris MBA will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships. Students have access to over €1,000,000 in aid every year thanks to the work and donations of the HEC Foundation.

HEC Paris MBA Program Cost

  • Tuition Fees €98,000 (September entry)

Estimated* Expenses:

  • Housing €9,925
  • Books €1,000
  • Meals €6,000
  • HEC MBA Council membership €130
  • Miscellaneous €3,200
  • Transportation €4,700

Total Expenses €24,945

*Estimated total cost for 16 months


Mailing Address:
HEC Paris MBA Admissions Office
1, rue de la Libération
78351 Jouy en Josas Cedex
Phone: +33 1 39 67 95 46
Fax: + 33 1 39 67 74 65
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @HECParisMBA