Inside the Number One School for Management: HEC Paris

Inside the Number One School for Management: HEC Paris

Belkis Megraoui

Updated January 16, 2020 Updated January 16

HEC Paris School of Management has been leading the QS Business Masters Rankings: Management 2021 as number one for two consecutive years – 2018 and 2019. Assessed on five important indicators which include employability, alumni outcomes, value for money, thought leadership and diversity, the school unsurprisingly hits the nail on the head for all three categories.

Read on for an inside look at the world’s number one school for management in 2019, and discover why it earned its well-deserved spot in the ranking.

Situated in the famously romantic but metropolitan capital of France, Paris, HEC Paris comfortably sits at the heart of the world’s fifth best student city, as ranked by QS Best Student Cities 2018. It was established in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce (CCIP) with the aim to develop world-class education in business management. With three distinguished values at its core – selectivity, international outreach, and sense of initiative and social diversity – the school is built on a strong social and academic basis which makes up its highly-regarded reputation as the world’s most prestigious business school for management degrees, both in 2018 and in 2019.

Proudly displaying very high scores across all five indicators for its master’s in management course, the school boasts a particularly immaculate score for alumni outcomes, which serves as no surprise given its wide range of notable graduates – including former French president François Hollande, and several successful businessmen such as Jean Paul Agon, Chairman of L’Oréal; and François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the international luxury group Kering.

In addition, for students looking to study in a diverse study environment, HEC Paris offers just that; it scores highly for the diversity indicator, with its master’s in management class of 2017 reported to have had a class population of 65 percent international students, whilst also representing 17 nationalities in total. Gender disparity is also quite even, with women having made up 43 percent of the same class.

HEC Paris’ MSc Strategic Management course is an intensive program which focuses on developing students’ strategic thinking and skills, whilst aiming to increase their potential to land graduate jobs in the world’s most prestigious companies. The course takes 10 months to complete, and combines a challenging but rewarding curriculum which provides the most academically-driven students with a far-reaching and thorough understanding of diverse areas in business strategy. Throughout their course, students enjoy a constant interaction with leading consultancy firms, plus an additional availability of the option to undertake a company project, which allows them to apply their problem-solving skills to real-life strategic dilemmas. Tuition fees are currently set at €27,825 (~US$32,100), including fees for student services and administration costs.

Thanks to HEC Paris’ challenging and highly pragmatic master’s in management course, graduates reportedly have an extremely high placement success rate. 97 percent of students are in employment three months after graduation, with an average starting salary in the US$60,000-70,000 range. Graduates go on to work within a wide range of sectors and in significant companies, including management consulting groups such as Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey, and investment banking and financial services companies which include the Bank of America and HSBC.

If you’re interested and believe you have what it takes to study a master’s in management course at the world’s number one school for the subject, the application process is quite straightforward: applicants can expect to undergo a two-phase selection process which initially involves an evaluation made based on their applications and supporting documents. At the second phase of the process, the pre-selected candidates are then invited for either a face-to-face or Skype interview.

For applicants wishing to further discuss the MSc Strategic Management course with relevant staff members, HEC Paris will be offering an online session on October 18th 2018. To participate, you can register here.

This article was originally published in October 2018 . It was last updated in January 2021

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A former content writer for, Belkis published a range of articles for students and graduates across the globe. She has a zeal for history and a natural flair for the arts and sports. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Communication with Journalism from the University of Hertfordshire and is a native speaker of the Arabic language.

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