The MBA program at HEC Paris is consistently ranked in the top 10 worldwide and is one of the most prestigious schools to go to in the world. It is located in Paris and provides a range of opportunities to graduates in terms of jobs and internships. The program is especially known for its Digital innovation, Sustainable and disruptive innovation, Advanced management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, and Strategy tracks. This, in addition to a teaching pedagogy that is all-around and application-based, makes it one of the most coveted programs.


The HEC MBA is a 16-month MBA program. It ranks 11th globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings. Excellent professors at the forefront of research build upon your unique talents and shape your learning experience. The faculty infuse a rare combination of broad experience, personal insights, and the latest in advanced-management thinking into their classes.

HEC 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 the graduates are currently CEOs, CFOs, or have founded their own companies.

The tuition fee for the program is € 78,000 for September 2022 and € 80,000 for January 2023. 

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. Here are a few types of fellowships and scholarships available.

  • HEC Paris MBA Scholarship For Excellence
  • Forté Scholarship For Women Candidates
  • HEC Paris MBA Scholarship For Diversity
  • 30% Club Scholarship
  • ARD/HEC Paris Scholarship


The MBA cohort typically represents a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience. Students of 50 nationalities attend the HEC MBA.

The industry experience of students, before joining is also diverse, ranging from consulting, banking, and financial services to fashion and performing arts. About 94% are international students.

The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 6 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience. This also facilitates peer-peer learning outside the classroom. 

At 34%, HEC has one of the best gender diversity ratios at B-schools throughout the world. The global highest stands at 43%. 

The average GMAT score for the incoming class is 690.

The infographic below depicts the HEC MBA class profile with statistics about the gender distribution, age, work experience, and geographical background of the students.

Source: HEC Class Profile Brochure 2021 


There are two intakes each year, in September and January. All MBA students follow the same core curriculum, regardless of intake and specialization.

Source: The official school website 


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.


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


During the 8-month-long Customized Phase, you tailor the MBA program to match your aspirations and professional objectives. HEC offers 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.

Specializations are advanced management, digital innovation, entrepreneurship, finance, strategy, strategic marketing, and Sustainable & Disruptive Innovation.

Experiential learning and events

The 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. 

International Exchanges

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

Student clubs

Student Clubs are at the heart of the vibrant on-campus experience. Getting involved in a professional or social club offers opportunities to enhance your leadership skills and forge stronger bonds with your classmates, as well as network with alumni and business leaders at conferences and events.


Each year, HEC achieves high employment rates over 93% of each MBA class. 

The return on investment is huge given an average alumni salary after graduation of $128,628. 

62% of students were placed outside of their home countries. 

These are the key placement statistics.

The majority of the graduates in the Class of 2021 made a career transformation, with 79 percent changing sectors, 67 percent changing function, and 62 percent changing their location. The majority of the class – 41 percent – changed two of the three elements, while 40 percent successfully made the “triple jump.”

Source: The official career report 2021

Management Consulting and Technology emerged as the 2 industries in which the majority of the class was placed. Close to 43% of the class goes to these industries post MBA.

About 27% of the class went to Management Consulting alone.

Top employers included Mckinsey & Co., Bain & Co., Amazon, Microsoft, and L’oreal.


François-Henri Pinault, CEO Kering

Edith Cresson, French politician

François Hollande, Former President of France


Admission Requirements

• Undergraduate degree Or 

If you do not have an undergraduate degree

The requirement of an undergraduate degree may be waived under the following conditions:

  1. You can provide a certificate certifying that you have completed your secondary education. You must also have 5 years minimum of professional experience, with at least 3 years in a managerial position.
  2. You are an athlete who has represented your country at a national level.

GMATExecutive Assessment, or GRE score

• Non-native English speakers who do not hold a university degree from a university where English is the teaching language must complete one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), TOEIC, IELTS, PTE, Cambridge English Exams.

• At least 2 years of work experience

Application Fee:  €200


  • 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 the school using the 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

Application Process

You can apply throughout the year, to begin your MBA journey in either January or September. The rolling admissions process guarantees a quick response to your application. Five weeks after the application deadline, you will know if you are admitted to the program.

Application Deadlines

HEC Paris has a rolling admissions process. You can apply throughout the year, to begin your MBA journey in either January or September.

September 2022 Intake

Source: The official school website

Essay questions

Essay 1. 

Why are you applying to the HEC MBA Program now? What is the professional objective that will guide your career choice after your MBA, and how will the HEC MBA contribute to the achievement of this objective? (500 words max.)

Essay 2. 

What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words max.)

Essay 3. 

Leadership and ethics are inevitably intertwined in the business world. Describe a situation in which you have dealt with these issues and how they have influenced you. (250 words max.)

Essay 4.

 Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be? (250 words max.)

Essay 5. 

Please choose from one of the following essays, 250 words max.:

a) What monument or site would you advise a first-time visitor to your country or city to discover, and why?

b) Certain books, movies, or plays have had an international success that you believe to be undeserved. Choose an example and analyze it.

c) What figure do you most admire and why? You may choose from any field (arts, literature, politics, business, etc)

Essay 6. Optional: 

Is there any additional information you would like to share with us? (900 words max.)

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