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Spotlight on HEC Paris Business School

Prodigy Finance - March 29, 2019

Ready to learn everything you need to know about business masters degrees at HEC Paris Business School? You're in the right place!

HEC Paris school spotlight

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris has had a top MBA programme since 1969, giving this school plenty of credibility. It boasts top rankings - and perhaps more importantly, grads that go on to top ranks as CEOs, CFOs, or founders of their own companies.

With international diversity at the core of the business school, it’s little wonder that students are exceptionally mobile and in demand by many of the world’s top companies. On average, HEC Paris MBAs double their pre-study salaries after graduation. And, with stats like those, you’ll definitely want a closer look at this business school. 

HEC Paris fast facts

Public university

University enrollment: 4238

Living alumni: 60,000+

Nationalities represented: 105+

Where is HEC Paris?

City: Jouy-en-Josas, France

City population: 8312, with a metropolitan population of 11.9 million

Climate: Winters are cool to cold (Jan avg: 3°C); summers are warm to hot (Jul avg: 20°C)

Nearest airport: Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Time zone: From October-March (02:00 CEST); from March to October (03:00 CEST)

A quick look at the latest MBA class 

MBA students: 232

International MBA students: 90%

MBA countries represented: 47

Average work experience: 6 years

Average GMAT score: 690

Female MBAs: 29%

What can you study at HEC Paris Business School?

HEC Paris grads Fortune 500 CEOs

Nearly 4000 HEC Paris grads have founded their own companies, or hold CEO or CFO positions. According to the 2017 Times Higher Education Alma Mater Index, HEC Paris has graduated more Fortune 500 CEOs than any other university in Europe.

Not only that, but this school is almost always near the top of any international business school ranking list. 



Tuition Fee


16 months

€ 69,500

Executive MBA

15 - 18 months

€ 79,950

Master in Management (various specialisations)

2 years

€ 39,700

MSc Accounting and Financial Management

10 months

€ 27,825

MSc International Finance

10 months

€ 32,025

MSc Managerial and Financial Economics

10 months

€ 27,825

MSc Marketing

10 months

€ 27,825

MSc Strategic Management

10 months

€ 27,825

MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation

10 months

€ 27,825

MS Entrepreneurs

10 months

€ 27,825

HEC Paris job placement

With 60% of grads finding their post-MBA positions through HEC Paris’ activities, there’s no doubt that this school places serious emphasis on recruitment activities. (54% of those grads accepted jobs offered through MBA on-campus recruitment exercises.)

You’ll find several activities to link you with your perfect post-grad position, including:

  • HEC Paris MBA Career Week
  • HEC International Finance and Consulting Forums
  • HEC Carrefours Career Fair
  • HEC MBA Internship Day
  • Sector-focused Career Fairs
  • Region-focused Career Fairs
  • MBA Retail and Luxury Fair
  • Stand-alone individual presentations
  • Career treks
  • Club activities
  • Job/internship postings

Post graduation, 74% of non-French MBAs accept employment in France and 50% of non-Europeans remain in Europe for their post-MBA employment.

Are you an entrepreneur at heart?

Around 25% of HEC grads go on to found their own companies - and there is plenty of entrepreneurial support for these MBAs through mentoring sessions, creativity talks and numerous entrepreneurial projects throughout the year.

HEC alumni by numbers:

HEC Paris alumni salaries

What's it like to live at HEC Paris?

One aspect of HEC Paris that sets it apart from other international business schools in Europe is the availability of on-campus housing. Many MBAs opt for one of the 177 individual rooms or the 24 one-bedroom apartments offered by the university.

As you can tell, however, space is somewhat limited and you’re advised to apply as early as possible for accommodation after programme acceptance.

While you’ll find everything you need in Jouy-en-Josas, including supermarkets, banks, restaurants and pubs, it’s just 10 minutes to Versailles and 45 minutes to Paris via RER C trains. And, from there, it’s just a hop skip and a jump to the rest of the world.

Want to know more about life at HEC Paris? See what these students have to say:

Community lending for HEC Paris students

How to get into HEC Paris Business

There are several aspects of the HEC Paris admissions process that may surprise applicants who’ve also considered other top international programmes.

1. Timing

For a start, the rolling admission cycle allows for year-round applications, rather than grouping applicants into a few specific rounds. In addition, there are two intake periods throughout the year, so you can truly choose the right time to apply.

2. Early networking opportunity

Additionally, it’s possible to express your interest and allow the school to assess your suitability through an online form that will put you directly in touch with a Marketing and Recruitment Manager in your country or region. This is absolutely worth it as you’ll also receive information about invite-only HEC Paris networking events in your city. (And, yes, the school does have an extensive reach.)

3. Essays

There are, currently, five required essays for HEC Paris (plus an option if you wish to provide additional information). Current essay requirements are found on the application itself, though some of the best MBA admissions consultants feature previews and tips for answering essay questions on their websites.

Given that HEC Paris is looking for exceptionally talented and motivated individuals, it’s critical to check out these resources.

4. GMAT scores

You may also want to note that a GMAT score over 700 isn’t a hard and fast requirement for this amazing MBA programme; the average score for the last class is 690.

5. Work experience

Professional experience, however, is taken very seriously and you’ll want to highlight your career accomplishments on your CV and in your essays. 

App deadlines for January 2020 MBA intake

Application deadline

Decision date

Confirmation deadline

2 May 2019

7 June 2019

3 July 2019

3 June 2019

5 July 2019

6 August 2019

1 July 2019

26 July 2019

28 August 2019

16 August 2019

20 September 2019

16 October 2019

16 September 2019

18 October 2019

13 November 2019

15 October 2019*

14 November 2019

11 December 2019

15 November 2019*

13 December 2019

2 January 2020

* If you need a visa to attend HEC or wish to make use of university-provided housing, you're advised to apply long before this deadline.

HEC Paris MBA admissions details

Application fee: € 200

Required essays: 5

Recommendations: 2

GMAT test: required, scores above 60% preferred; GRE scores accepted

Language test: required for non-native English speakers; TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, Cambridge and PTE scores are accepted:

  • Min TOEFL score: 100 iBT, 600pBT
  • Min TOEIC score: 340 speaking and writing, 850 listening and reading
  • Min IELTS score: 7
  • Min Cambridge score: 185
  • Min PTE score: 72

Estimated MBA cost of attendance

Tuition and fees: € 69,500

Accommodation: € 9925

Books: € 1000

Meals: € 6000

HEC MBA Council Membership: € 120

Sports Membership (obligatory): € 120

Miscellaneous: € 3200

Transportation: € 4700

Est CoA for 16 months: € 94,565

Does HEC Paris offer scholarships to international students?

Through the incredible work of the HEC Foundation, over €1,000,000 in scholarships are awarded annually. These funds are awarded based on various criteria, dependent on the awarding body. However, HEC Paris provides a complete guide to scholarship opportunities on their website and it’s easy to learn more about the criteria and deadlines for each scholarship offered. 

Prodigy Finance international student loans for HEC Paris

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international master’s students at HEC Paris.

Students from supported countries pursuing specified master’s programmes, including the MBA, EMBA, and MSc degrees are eligible to apply.

  • Maximum MBA loan amount: up to 100% tuition minus scholarship and sponsorship (as provided by the school).
  • Maximum MSc programme loan amount: up to 100% tuition minus scholarship and sponsorship (as provided by the school).
  • Maximum EMBA loan amount: up to 80% tuition minus scholarship and sponsorship.
  • Minimum loan amount: $15000 or €15000.
  • All loans are disbursed directly to the university according to the due dates.

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