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Full Time MBA

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The HEC Paris MBA Full-time option has two intakes: September and January. The curriculum incorporates a built-in career development program with our Career Management Center as well as leadership development activities.

It is divided into two phases: Fundamental and Customized. In the 8-month Fundamental Phase, you will acquire the core business skills that are crucial in carving out a successful business career. During the 8-month Customized Phase, you will tailor the MBA program to your personal aspirations and professional objectives by selecting from a wide range of options including elective courses, specializations, international exchanges or fieldwork projects.

Two Intakes

All of our MBA students experience the exact same core curriculum, regardless of intake. During the Customized Phase, students of both intakes have the opportunity to merge together into one class, creating a sense of teamwork in a collaborative community.


Students in the January intake can finish all coursework in 12 months. By choosing a fieldwork project in the 4th term, you can put into practice your classroom taught knowledge and quickly transition back into a professional environment.


Core courses 1:

Core 1 has been designed to help you build the foundations for an in-depth understanding of business, with theoretically-strong subjects such as Business Economics and Financial Markets. Teaching methods vary from lectures to simulations and business games (Negosim Business Simulation, Bach Business Game).

Core courses 2:

The courses of Core 2 cover advanced business topics, such as Corporate Finance and Strategic Management, expanding upon the fundamental knowledge you will have learned in Core 1.


For those students who are not fluent in French upon arrival, French courses are obligatory during the first 2 terms of the Fundamental Phase. Students who are fluent in both French and English only must study a third language for the first 2 terms. Trilingual candidates may choose to study a fourth language if they wish.

NB. Language classes are organized based on student demand, and so a minimum of 12 students with roughly the same level of knowledge is needed to open a course.

Leadership Development:

Leadership is a transformative process enhanced through hands-on, practical experience and experiential learning initiatives. Seminars and student-run events are at the very heart of your curriculum.

Career Building & Coaching:

The Career Management Center is here to provide support and services that fall in line with your personal goals and professional aspirations. This includes many corporate outreach events and access to companies via on-campus fairs, corporate presentations and "roundtables" with influential leaders from various sectors.



You can choose from a range of electives, allowing you to tailor your MBA to fit your professional aspirations. Some electives are offered in French.

Fieldwork project:

Fieldwork projects are all about learning through doing. These experiential learning projects are done in partnership with a paying client or company. The project must be closely linked with your future career plan and professional goals. This project can be a foot in the door in a new country, sector or industry, or can simply be a way of gaining further understanding of a sector which you already have some experience.

All projects are advised by an HEC faculty member and last a minimum of 3 months.

International Exchanges:

We offer international exchanges with more than 40 partner universities worldwide. This is a rather selective process and we send around forty students per year on international exchanges.


During the second half of the program you can tailor the MBA program to suit your career goals and interests by choosing from one of five specializations available.

Career Building & Coaching:

During the customized phase of the MBA program you will benefit from a personalized approach to career building, including information sessions, job search training, bootcamps and workshops.



You can complement your MBA training by applying for industry-specific “certificates” sponsored by leading companies. Certificates are offered to all Masters and MBA students in the Spring term.

Each certificate is a set of interdisciplinary courses accounting for approximately 100 contact hours.

GREM Wisconsin School of Business:

HEC Paris and Wisconsin School of Business, USA, have partnered up to offer you the Global Real Estate Master (GREM) Program in addition to your MBA degree. The 4-month program at Wisconsin starts late August and lasts through the end of December. The first of its kind, GREM - Global Real Estate MSc - offers a specific skillset and an experience that will prepare you for global real estate. On completion of GREM, participants will receive two degrees and join 2 top-ranked international business school alumni networks.

The program is also open to HEC Paris MBA graduates within 5 years of their graduation. For more information visit the GREM Program website - http://bus.wisc.edu/degrees-programs/msmacc/grem

MSc International Finance:

Highly motivated students who want a competitive edge in pursuing a career in finance or consulting have the option of completing a MSc in International Finance along with their MBA degree. The HEC Paris MSc in International Finance is recognized throughout the world for its strong analytical focus, as well as for the quality of its professors and graduates. In 2015, the Financial Times (http://www.hec.edu/Masters-programs/Master-s-Programs/Grande-Ecole/Master-in-Management/News/2015-06-22-HEC-Paris-Masters-in-Finance-1-worldwide-for-fifth-consecutive-year-by-the-Financial-Times) ranked the HEC Paris MSc International Finance as the "#1 pre-experience global master in finance worldwide" for the fifth consecutive year.

Visit the Full Time MBA page on the HEC Paris website for more details!

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