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HEC Paris, Graduate Business School
MBA Program (isa)


Address 1, rue de la Libération, 78351 Jouy-en-Josas Cedex FRANCE
Tel. No. +33 1
Fax No. +33 1 39 67 74 65
E-mail address
Courses MBA
Accreditation AMBA
Length of course 16 months, full-time
Cost/Fees 22,000 EURO or 144,310.54 FF for the entire 16 months
Accommodation costs Off-campus rent: 60-70,000FF per year.
On-campus rent: 35-45,000FF per year.
Program Director Jean-Loup ARDOIN,
Associate Dean,
Professor of Management Control
Faculty a) Full-time: Over 100 full-time faculty.
b) Part-time: 70 part-time professors.
c) 450 adjunct lecturers and annually collaborating with close to 40 visiting professors from Harvard, Stanford, Cornel, ESADE...
d) 75% of the faculty hold Ph.D. or DBA degrees from outside of France; there is a total of 12 nationalities among the faculty
Student intake 270 enrolled
Student profile
  • 23% women
  • Age range: 24 to 33
  • Average age: 28
  • 54% of the HEC MBA Participants are non-French.
  • A total of 35 nationalities.
  • Student origins:
    Europe: 68%
    Africa/Middles East: 5% Asia/Australia: 12%
    Americas (North and South): 15%
  • Student grants /
    Financial assistance
  • Participants with professional experience:
    Participants who have worked in France are eligible for all types of financing as part of their company training program (FONGECIF, etc.)
  • The HEC MBA's AMBA accreditation allows UK citizens to use the bank financing arrangements set up by the AMBA (15 Duncan Terrace (London N1882, UK)
    Tel: +44 171 837 3375
    Fax: +44 171 178 3634
  • UK engineers may apply to the Sainsbury Management Fellowship Scheme. For more information please contact:
    Tel: + 44 171 222 2688
    Fax: +44 171 233 0054
  • Residents and US citizens are eligible for Federal and State guaranteed student loans; The HEC MBA (isa's) code number is 022934
  • Financial schemes are possible through HEC Business Partners for Eastern European and Asian candidates
  • German Candidates may apply to:
    Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e. V., (DAAD)
    Referat 312
    Postfach 200 404
    D-53134 Bonn
    Zuständige Sachbearbeiterin: Françoise Merta
    Tel: +49 (0228) 882 244
    Fax: +49 (0228) 882 444
  • The Mary Lugard Memorial MBA Scholarship. For more details contact HEC.
  • Participants abroad on an Exchange Program: certain participants, selected for the exchanges organized between our MBA and its partner institutions may, depending on the funds available, be allocated a specific amount of money to cover part of their travel and living costs.
  • Student Bank loans at very low interest rates (once admitted to the program) Program Fees and Expenses.
  • Possible awards are granted on a case by case basis.
  • Job field for
    current graduates
    Manufacturing: 38%
    Services: 26%
    Consulting: 23%
    Banking, finance: 13%
    Average graduate
    remuneration package
    Average annual remuneration salary (excluding bonus): 415,000 FF
    Top HEC MBA
    Recruiters in 1998
    Andersen Consulting
    Coopers & Lybrand (Audit and Consulting)
    Crédit Lyonnais
    Ernst & Young
    GE Capital
    Gemini Consulting
    Johnson & Johnson
    Lehman Brothers
    Price Waterhouse
    Procter & Gamble
    PSA Peugeot Citroen
    Société Générale
    Exchange Partner Schools AIM, Philippines
    Amos Tuck University (USA)
    Chinese University of HK
    Columbia (USA)
    Duke University (USA)
    ESADE Barcelona (Spain)
    Fondation Getulio Vargas (Sao Paulo-Brasil)
    Goizueta Business School – Emory University
    Haas School of Business, Berkeley (USA)
    HEC Montreal (Canada)
    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (China)
    I.P.A.D.E (Mexico)
    Keio Business School (Yokohama, Japan)
    Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University (USA)
    Köln Universität (Germany)
    Leonard N. Stern School of Bus., NY (USA)
    London Business School (UK)
    McGill (Canada)
    Manchester Business School (UK)
    Marshall School of Business, USC (USA)
    Melbourne Business School (Australia)
    Monterrey - Mexico
    Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile
    Rotterdam School of Management (Holland)
    SDA Bocconi (Milan, Italy)
    Tel Aviv University (Israel)
    Tufts University (USA)*
    UCLA , the Anderson School (USA)
    University of British Columbia/Vancoover (Canada)
    University of Michigan (USA)
    University of Minnesota (USA)
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA)
    Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA)
    Western Ontario (Canada)
    Wirtschatsuniversität Wien

    * The HEC MBA and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University have signed a joint degree program agreement enabling participants to earn an MBA from HEC and a MALD from Fletcher
    Admissions requirements
  • University Degree or equivalent.
  • Work experience recommended but not mandatory; the lack of work experience should be compensated by an outstanding academic and personal profile. Average years of work experience: 4.5 years
  • Completed application form (including essays).
  • Tests: GMAT and TOEFL for non-native English speakers. Current GMAT average: 630
  • References (letters of recommendation)
  • Interviews
  • Teaching methods Case studies, Integrative Live Case Studies, Case Computer analysis, Computer Simulations, Experiential Learning, Faculty Seminars, Field Projects/Audits, Group Discussion, Lectures, Role Playing, Seminars by members of the Business Community, Student Presentations, Study Groups, Team projects, a Four-Months Company Consulting Project (full-time).


    Course/Program description

    * University buildings include 70 classrooms and 15 amphitheaters, surrounded by a 240 acres of green criss-crossed by small roads. It is a patchwork of woods, hills, a lake, stretches of river, benches and lawns.

    *There are 1400 bedrooms, 50 apartments, a cafeteria, a language center, a day-care center, a printing shop, an infirmary and an ecumenical chapel.

    The existing MBA residence was totally renewed last summer. In addition, the construction of an additional brand new building with over 80 spacious apartments started in the summer of 1998. This building is located on Campus and is reserved to MBA students only. The residence will include meeting rooms, a relaxation lounge with all types of entertainment materials (Big screen TV, VCR, Billiard, Bar, Party Area....) and a reserved parking area.

    *Sporting facilities (on campus) both indoor and outdoor are shared by 2000 students (including other programs offered at HEC) and include a soccer stadium, a basketball court, a 2000 square-meter gymnasium, a nine-hole golf course, a martial arts center, tennis courts and a climbing wall, to name a few. Thanks to our sporting facilities, each year, the best known European inter-MBA tournament takes place on the HEC campus. This event brings together the best sportsmen and women from Europe’s leading business schools for a three-day event.

    * A 3-star Hotel just opened its doors and is located right at the entrance of the Campus. The Hotel, open to Public is also used for the HEC Executive Programs. MBA Students have full access to all recreational facilities (e.g. swimming pool, restaurants, gymnasium, etc.).

    With a total of 60,000 management books and 650 periodicals, the library welcomes some 550 users every day.

    Library hours: Monday trough Wednesday from 8:30 AM to 70:30 PM.
    Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 10 PM.
    Saturday from 9-12 and 1:30 PM to 6 PM.

    While some of the 620 newspapers (40% are non-French) are within reach, the main research tool remains the computer for consulting databases. In addition the computer access is possible at night from the students’ rooms, all of which are cabled. One of the library’s most impressive features is the diversity of its data banks. There are three types: internal, which contain data on documents in the general library (a whole floor) external, including the data bases of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and major international information providers, the many data banks on CD-ROM, Internet and Intranet.

    Computer facilities.
    The campus is equipped with a large number of computer facilities. Permanent assistance is available for all computer rooms Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 22:30 PM, and from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays. A laptop is not required but most students have one.


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