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PhD in Management at HEC Paris: Accounting, Economics/Decision Sciences, Finance, HR, Information Systems/Operations Mgt, Marketing, Strategy/Business Policy

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris consistently ranks among the top research institutions in business, specialized in education and research in management. As a leading academic institution in Europe and worldwide, HEC Paris offers a complete range of selective programs for students and business leaders. The HEC Paris Faculty is dedicated to pushing the frontier of knowledge by actively engaging in research, publishing articles in top academic journals with an international audience and participating in national and international academic conferences.

The HEC Paris PhD in management program prepares students for a career in research and academia. This requires in depth knowledge of a particular field of management research, solid training in research methods, as well as hands-on experience in collecting and analyzing data, writing and presenting papers, academic networking and publishing research.

By joining our PhD Program, you do not only benefit from academic and financial support, you also join our vibrant community of top faculty researchers, students, corporate relations, and alumni.

Every HEC PhD Student benefit from:

  • A program fully taught in English with intensive course training in research methods
  • Choice of seven specializations 
    - Accounting and Management Control,
    - Economics and Decision Sciences, 
    - Finance,
    - Management and Human Resouces,
    - Marketing,
    - Information Systems and Operations Management,
    - Strategy and  Business Policy
  • Close supervision by research-driven HEC Paris Faculty members
  • Full involvement in HEC Paris research activities (seminars, brown bags, conferences)
  • Access to HEC Paris corporate network for data collection opportunities
  • Research visit opportunities in the world's best business schools with complementary financial support
  • Support for presentations in the leading academic conferences
  • Support for job placement in top research institutions worldwide
  • Funding by the HEC Foundation for living expenses: 20.000€/year for up to 5 years
  • 100% tuition waiver 
  • A national PhD diploma («Doctorat ès-sciences de gestion») accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education
  • Extra income opportunities with RA/TA on top of other financial support.


Who we look for:

HEC Paris seeks outstanding students with clear ambition to become top researchers. Applicants must hold a Master degree or equivalent in any field and be fully proficient in English.

What you need to submit:

  • Complete online application with Transcripts, personal information, ...
  • Personal statement
  • GMAT or GRE (mandatory for all applicants)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (except for English natives)
  • 2  online academic recommendations

When and how to apply:

The Applications system will open on September 2019 for the 2020 entry.  

Round 1 
Opening of the system: August 22, 2019
Deadline: January 9, 2020

Round 2
Opening of the system: January 9, 2020 
Deadline : April 23, 2020

Start your application here



Coming from all continents, our PhD students represent a perfect balance of gender, occupational background and disciplinary training: 
65 students; 80% International; 21 Nationalities; Average age: 29; 40% Women


HEC PhD alumni:

Today, more than 250 Alumni hold academic positions in top institutions worldwide such as:
Harvard Business School - McGill University - UPENN - Michigan University - MIT Sloan School of Business - Princeton University – UCLA - University of South Carolina - University of Western Ontario – EGADE - Fundação Getulio Vargas - Bocconi - Cambridge Judge Business School – CNRS Paris School of Economics - INSEAD - London Business School - London School of Economics - Tilburg University - University of Oxford - CEIBS University – IESE - UPENN - HEC Paris - University of Auckland, Singapore Management University…. 


Funding Notes

Every admitted candidate benefits automatically from the funding program without any nationality restriction (Tuition waiver and cost of living stipend). TA/RA jobs are available as additional income.

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