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About HEC Paris

HEC Paris students learn how to think critically, challenge the status quo, and collaborate with people very different from themselves. The school considers itself the alma mater of CEOs, claiming to have graduated the heads of more Fortune Global 500 companies than any other university in Europe.

The program’s reputation and international scope have grown in recent years – its regularly ranked amongst the top three European business schools by the Financial Times, and on average, 90% of students hail from outside France.

HEC stands out for offering a 16-month program of study with two intakes: January and September. This occupies a unique space between the one-year programs like INSEAD and traditional two-year programs. The 16-month program offers the intensity of an accelerated program while allowing students to pursue an internship or fieldwork project for one of the four-month segments.

Many students have taken advantage of this option to gain entry to their post-MBA employers in cities like London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. As part of the Paris Saclay Innovation Cluster, HEC Paris is able to attract some of the most innovative partners to work alongside students.

HEC has also formed significant double degree partnerships with schools like Yale and NYU in the U.S., LSE in the UK, and Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tsinghua University in Beijing, creating diverse global opportunities to experience two international schools with their full alumni networks and career services.

HEC is also known renowned for inaugurating and hosting the MBA Olympics – the MBAT – which is the largest gathering of MBA students in Europe. HEC oversees this three-day, multisport competition for, on average, 1,500 participants from 15 leading international business schools.

Strengths And Specializations

Marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, finance, leadership, social impact

Incoming Class

Number of applicants: N/A

MBA Class size: 243

Annual tuition: €92,000

Post-MBA Careers

Sectors:  Consulting 25%; Technology 23%; Finance 15%; Retail & Luxury 8%

Top Recruiters: Amazon, Bain & Company, BCG, Deloitte, Deutsche Telecom, DHL Consulting, EY, Infosys, Global Praxis, Google Hilti, Kearney, KPMG, McKinsey, Microsoft, Petronas, Roland Berger, Simon Kutcher & Partners, Uber, Wipro

Avg. Base Salary: $115,827

Salary Increase: 124% 

Employment in 3 months: 92% 

HEC Paris Rankings


Avg. Age: 30

Avg. Work Experience: 6 

Avg. GMAT: 690 

International Students: 95% 

Female Students: 38% 

Deadlines for January 2024 intake: Aug 14, 2023; Sep 11, 2023; Oct 13, 2023; Nov 13, 2023

Deadlines for September 2024 intake: Dec 11, 2023; Jan 15, 2024; Feb 12, 2024; Mar 18, 2024


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)

Essay 2: What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words)

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)

Essay 4: Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be? (250 words)

Essay 5: Please choose from one of the following essays: (250 words)

  1. What monument or site would you advise a first-time visitor to your country or city to discover, and why?
  2. Certain books, movies, or plays have had an international success that you believe to be undeserved.
  3. What figure do you most admire and why? You may choose from any field (arts, literature, politics, business, etc).

Essay 6: Is there any additional information you would like to share with us? (900 words)

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