This Joint Degree between HEC Paris and Ecole Polytechnique will equip students with both the technical skills and the strategic mindset to lead successfully any business career requiring a strong expertise in Big Data.
Their association within this Joint Degree represents the best Business/Engineering combination Europe could possibly offer, with extraordinary added value for the students who will follow this program in Data Science and Business.
Big data marks the beginning of a major transformation of the digital economy, which will significantly impact all industries. There are three main challenges to face:
Exploiting this vast amount of data requires the following:
Therefore the program has three objectives:
Students will benefit not only from the close ties that HEC Paris has developed with the business world but also those of Ecole Polytechnique, through various networking events, conferences and career fairs.
The HEC Alumni network alone, consists of more than 52,300 members in 127 countries.
The key aim of the teaching in this Joint Degree is to provide students with the tools needed to solve real problems, using structured and unstructured data masses, teaching them to ask the ‘right’ questions (both from statistics and ‘business’ perspectives), to use the appropriate mathematical and IT tools to answer these questions.
Students will be equipped to shift constantly from data to knowledge, from knowledge to strategic decision, and from strategic decision to operational business implementations.
All these shifts carry with them numerous challenges that each require an interdisciplinary approach involving mathematics, IT, business strategy, and management skills.
The HEC Paris MSc in International Finance (MIF) program caters for highly-motivated top achieving graduates looking to succeed in a career in finance and consulting. The program has a strong analytical focus yet is accessible from either business and finance (business track) or economics, math, physics, engineering (accelerated track) backgrounds.
A ‘tailored-designed’ approach towards education is at the core when designing programs at HEC Paris. This is shown in at least two aspects of the HEC Paris MSc International Finance curriculum:
The number of hours spent in the classroom by HEC MIF graduates significantly exceeds international standards. Around half of that time will be spent in front of world class researchers, imparting you state-of-the-art knowledge. The other half will be spent in front of top-level practitioners. The latter is one of the many ways in which the learning experience at HEC Paris differs to most and adds another dimension to teaching. We feel it is important to complement theoretical teaching by using top researchers and practitioners lectures to give our graduates that "extra edge" over graduates from other institutions. The more competitive the environment, the more important having that extra edge is.
Who your peers are matters: with regards to the quality of your learning experience, the perception of potential employers and for the value of your network after you graduate. This is why academic performance is at the top of our admissions criteria. However at HEC we look for more than just academic excellence: smart, ambitious individuals will underperform without adequate interaction. We put a strong emphasis on group interaction and encourage it in any way we can. For instance:
At HEC Paris, we pride ourselves on the fact that ties built on campus between both professors and students continue after students graduate and become alumni. Our alumni get directly involved in guiding the "new generation" of HEC MIF students and to make sure they achieve the same success as past students. A few examples:
With 29 different nationalities making up the class of 2016, the International Finance program is equally as enriching on a cultural level. Working alongside a diverse group of nationalities can be highly educational and rewarding and is a true highlight of the program for many. London is the main hub for HEC MIF graduates in terms of placements although we also have alumni working in Continental Europe, Asia, Americas, and the Middle East.
The MSc Managerial and Financial Economics program at HEC Paris is a unique Master’s program combining rigorous training in quantitative and analytical skills with essential knowledge in economics and finance. Students are prepared perfectly with the essential reflexes for a career in many diverse business sectors, such as the banking and finance industry, consulting, as well as the corporate strategy or corporate finance departments in multinational companies.
Admission to the MFE program is highly selective. Only students with previous experience at a recognized international institution will be admitted. HEC’s expectations regarding the performance of students are very high and students should be prepared to put in considerable efforts during the program.
The objective of the program is not to produce theoreticians but to train students to become top corporate executives by equipping them with the capacity to apply economic concepts and methods to their work and by enhancing their understanding of the economic forces shaping the business and financial environment. A solid basis in economics and its applications is an invaluable asset for solving problems in all areas of management.
With 9 certificates to choose from, students are able to deepen their knowledge in a specific area of their choice, and subsequently boost their added-value on the job market. The certificates are chaired by some of the top leading global companies.
MFE students follow the same program as the students enrolled on the Managerial and Financial Economics specialization of the Grande Ecole and benefit from the same access to both our powerful local and international networks. Interactions with French students will also enhance their understanding of the local culture and business practices.
Students will have many opportunities to meet business leaders and top executives from financial institutions through consultancy projects, seminars, internships and career fairs organized on campus.
During the year students must take 3 mandatory core courses + 2 other core courses to choose among 4, and have access to a range of elective courses. Please visit the website for more information about these courses: