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PhD Programme openings at HEC Paris - Management: Accounting, Economics/Decision Sciences, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems/Operations Mgt, Marketing, Strategy

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

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"Welcome to the one of the world's top PhD Programs in Management. There are many reasons why people pursue their studies and consider obtaining a PhD degree. Maybe you really enjoyed working on your Master thesis and would like to continue doing academic research? Maybe you want to deepen your knowledge in a particular domain? Maybe you love teaching and transferring your expertise to others? Or maybe you appreciate the freedom an academic career offers? These are all good reasons to join the HEC Paris PhD Program. By joining the HEC Paris, PhD Program, you do not only benefit from academic and financial support, you also join our vibrant community of researchers, students, corporate relations, and alumni. We have a lively campus where our community meets through research seminars and conferences, business talks, professional workshops, social and cultural events, sports tournaments, and more. read more..."

Kristine De Valck, Associate Dean and Director of the PhD Program.


The PhD 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.

Every HEC PhD Student benefit from:

  • A program fully taught in English
  • Seven specializations at the frontier of management research
    - Accounting and Mgt Control,
    - Economics and Decision Sciences, 
    - Finance Management and HR,
    - Marketing,
    - Information Systems and Operations Mgt,
    - Strategy and  Business Policy)
  • Intensive course training in research methods
  • 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 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.


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 to apply:

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

Round 1 
Opening of the system: September 2, 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 - University of Auckland, Singapore Management University…. 


Funding Notes

Every admitted candidate benefits automatically from the funding program without any nationality restriction.

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