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CLASS SIZE 243
FEMALE 38%
MEAN GMAT 690
INTERNATIONAL 95%

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).

FAQ

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.

Admissions

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

HEC Paris Q&A's

HEC Paris LiveWire and DecisionWire

MBA LiveWire

May 18, 2024 11:18am ET
Accepted to HEC Paris
Round: Round 3
Received via email on May 17, 2024
GPA: 3
GRE: 320
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
April 19, 2024 2:21pm ET
Accepted to HEC Paris
Round: Rolling Admissions
Received via email April 19, 2024
GRE: 325
Program Type: January Intake
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
March 24, 2024 10:44am ET
Accepted to HEC Paris
Round: Rolling Admissions
Received via email on February 16, 2024
GPA: 8.1
GMAT: 770
Program Type: Traditional Two-Year
Post MBA Career Name: Consulting
Application Location: Gabon
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
Note:

- 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
Note:

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

MBA DecisionWire

MIT
July 11, 2024 6:17pm ET
Enrolled: MIT Sloan
Admitted: Columbia , MIT Sloan
Applied: Columbia, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Stanford GSB, UPenn / Wharton
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Consulting Companies: Bain, BCG, McKinsey
GRE: 326
GPA: 3.4
Location: New York
Notes:

Super excited to join the MIT Sloan community! Thank you to the Clear Admit podcast for being my weekly listen and for being my "therapists" over the two year period of my application process :)

Chi
July 3, 2024 11:27am ET
Enrolled: U. Chicago Booth
Admitted: U. Chicago Booth , IESE $
€25000
Applied: U. Chicago Booth, Yale SOM, Northwestern / Kellogg, MIT Sloan, IESE, Dartmouth / Tuck, Columbia, Berkeley / Haas
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Other
GMAT: 700
GPA: 3.0
Location: LATAM
USC
July 1, 2024 3:19pm ET
Enrolled: USC / Marshall
Admitted: USC / Marshall $
$80000
Applied: USC / Marshall
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Technology Companies: Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Oracle
GMAT: 730
Location: Europe
CBS
June 30, 2024 4:41pm ET
Enrolled: Columbia
Admitted: Berkeley / Haas $
$70000
,
U. Chicago Booth , Columbia $
$50000
,
NYU Stern $
$150000
,
Yale SOM
Applied: Berkeley / Haas, U. Chicago Booth, Columbia, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Stanford GSB, UPenn / Wharton, Yale SOM
Entering Year: 2024
Post MBA Career: Investment Banking
GMAT: 750

Academics

Faculty

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

Curriculum

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
https://www.hec.edu/en/mba-programs/mba/learning-experience

Double Degrees
www.mba.hec.edu/Learning-Experience/Double-Degrees

TRIUM Global Executive MBA
www.triumemba.org/

HEC Paris Executive MBA
www.exed.hec.edu/hec-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.

Financing

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

Contact

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]
Web: http://www.mba.hec.edu
Blog: http://www.mba.hec.edu/mbablog/
Twitter: @HECParisMBA