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About HEC Paris

HEC Paris is one of the leading MBA programs in Europe, offering a 16-month program of study with two intakes: January and September. It occupies a unique space between the one-year programs like INSEAD and traditional two-year programs. Its 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

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 90 percent of students hail from outside France. The institution 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. It has also formed significant double degree partnerships with schools like Yale and NYU in the United States, 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. 

Strengths And Specializations

Marketing, Strategy, Entrepreneurship 

Incoming Class

Number of applicants (if possible)  – 2,700 

MBA Class size – 290 

Annual tuition (converted to USD) -$89,713 

Post-MBA Careers

27% Consulting
19% Finance 
16% Tech 

Avg. Base Salary – $128,286 

Salary Increase – 133% 

Employment in 3 months – 92% 

HEC Paris Rankings


Avg. Work Exp. – 6 

Average GMAT – 690 

Int’l Students – 95% 

Female Students – 34% 

Deadlines (2021-2022 coming out around June)  


  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?
  1. What do you consider your most significant life achievement?
  1. 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.
  1. Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be?
  1. Please choose from one of the following essays:

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

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

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