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Course content

This intensive program has been designed for high potential students who want to have a strategic impact in the organization they will work for. As a complex and thrilling discipline, strategy requires strong critical thinking skills and determination, that’s why the MSc Strategic Management recruits the brightest students in a variety of disciplines. This program is a fantastic gateway towards careers in the most prestigious companies around the world.

Live an exciting intellectual challenge

Strategy is a vibrant, complex and constantly evolving environment which requires the strongest intellectual qualities. The MSc Strategic Management trains high potential students to develop a full strategic mindset and to master a broad and in-depth understanding of strategy’s logics and issues. To achieve this goal, it provides an exhaustive and intense curriculum covering the diverse areas linked to strategy, from negotiation games to innovation management, including big data, mergers & acquisitions, and many more topics. This wide range of courses allows the students to grasp all the mega trends, the analytical means, the leverages, and the priorities linked to strategy. All the students enrolled in the MSc Strategic Management live a truly challenging intellectual experience.

Diverse student body

As the MSc Strategic Management is very demanding, we recruit the brightest students of top universities from around the world. They come from a variety of disciplines, such as management, economics, engineering, and political sciences, in order to form a diverse and high-level cohort which also reflects the richness of strategy itself.

With 23 different nationalities, this program gives students the opportunity to interact with people from a wide range of cultures and academic backgrounds. The participants really benefit from the variety of knowledge that each brings from their own experience to make the most out of group projects.

High career prospects

The consulting industry is in constant demand of high-level graduates who perfectly understand the world of strategy and adapt to complex environments. As HEC Paris recruits only the best profiles, and provides them with premier academic and operational knowledge, HEC graduates benefit from a very well-established reputation among the most prestigious companies across the world.

Our annual graduates start their career with an average salary starting at €45K at top recruiting companies and in various paths:

  • Strategy consulting: Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, Bain & Company…
  • Strategic departments of large manufacturing and services companies: Procter & Gamble, Mars & Co…
  • Investment Banking and Private Funds: Bank of America, HSBC…
  • Venture-Capital Funds and Financing of Innovation: 3i, Index Ventures…

Constant interactions with leading consultancy firms

Consultancy firms are deeply involved in the life of the program: many experts from the sector conduct classes as well as numerous workshops throughout the year, notably BCG, Oliver Wyman, and Bain & Company. Also, an optional company project allows the students to assist companies in tackling a real-life strategic issue, which is a fantastic opportunity to understand tangibly the operational reality of strategy.

The true ‘real-life’ knowledge the students learn throughout the program is one of the main reasons graduates have an extremely high placement success rate.

What is strategic management?

Strategic management is an essential component of company growth and survival and encompasses two main components:

  • Strategic analysis, i.e. identification of major trends and sources of opportunities:
  • ‘External analysis’ consists of identifying the forces that constrain a firm –be it from the industry or from competition- and determining the paths of action in order to reach success; 
  • and ‘Internal analysis’ refers to identifying performance leverages within a firm by assessing the available resources and determining paths of performance.Structure and organization, i.e. how a company is designed and manages projects. This includes central functions such as planning, management control and information systems. It also deals with employees’ commitment, corporate values and culture.

In short, Strategic management is the art of correctly positioning a firm in a turbulent environment in order to map out a path of unique and unmatchable excellence. It requires a great command of analytical frameworks and a rigorous mind.

Program details

The HEC Paris MSc Strategic Management is an exciting intellectual challenge building upon the specific knowledge and experience that our academic team brings to the program, but also upon the students’ qualities. The program is very intense and demanding and is comprised of mandatory core courses, workshops with firms, a company project, but also elective courses, which allow them to tailor their curriculum according to their interests and career goals. 


Visit the Strategic Management MSc page on the HEC Paris website for more details!

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