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HEC Paris is a globally renowned institute which offers programs in management and was ranked 1st in Europe by the Financial Times. It has been ranked it among the 10 best management universities in the world. Known for creating leaders through its innovative programs, HEC has created a niche for itself in the world. HEC Paris MBA is a 16 month program .

Application Deadlines for September 2016:

Round1 : 15; Aug; 2015
Round2 : 15; Sep; 2015
Round3 : 15; Oct; 2015
Round4 : 15; Nov; 2015

Application Components:
  • Application Fees : application fee €180 , Non-refundable.
  • GMAT or GRE : The minimum GMAT required is 600, with an average of 685 for 2014
  • TOEFL or IELTS : Minimum TOEFL: 100 internet-based, 260 computer- based, 600 paper-based
  • Letters of recommendation : Two referees who will submit reference reports on your behalf
Making a good HEC Paris Application:
  • Before starting onto the application student should fill in the Candidate Profile. It will take hardly 10-15 minutes to complete and HEC will evaluate your chances of making it to the class looking at your profile. The student can expect to receive feedback by email within 2 weeks.
  • The online application for HEC is available in interactive pdf format. Start working on your application at the earliest so that you have enough time to revise and update the application data.
  • Ensure that you present the correct information and there are no contradictory facts.
  • Try filling all the columns especially do give ample time while writing down your activities.
  • The curriculum vitae and identification photo are uploaded after the completion of the application. Before uploading your scanned documents, please check that they are readable.
  • Quality time is needed to prepare effective drafts. (Analysis of essays done separately)
  • Selection of recommenders should highlight different aspects of your life.
  • Even if you have to draft the recommendations, try getting it edited from your recommenders to make it look original.

Get your application reviewed from your friend/partner before letting it go.

HEC Paris Success Stories from Access:
  • Work Experience Ranging from 4yr - 7yrs
  • High Success Rate for Interview Calls and Admits.
  • Success irrespective of any Academic Background
  • Admits for Business Development, CAs, Engineers, IT, Consultants Etc.
  • Success @ GMAT score 650- 750.
Essay Topics : Essay 1 : Why are you applying to the HEC MBA Program now? What is the professional objective that will guide your career choice after your MBA, and how will the HEC MBA contribute to the achievement of this objective? (500 words)

Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

- Abdul Kalam

Rightly quoted by our former president, APJ Abdul Kalam, to be the best we need strength- unwavering determination and meticulous planning.

Read the question carefully. Answer all the components of the questions clearly. Show the strength and the determination in your plans for your future and a sense of pride in your past which makes you think the future is achievable.

For the first part of the question, show your eagerness for the next big leap required in your career. Clearly elucidate how your past has prepared you for this decision and how it has shaped you. Then link your past with your future goals. Businesses, careers, and the workplace are rapidly changing, and the skills that you have or plan for today may not be in demand years from now. Long-range career planning should be more about identifying and developing core skills that your company will always value while developing your personal and career goals in broad strokes. Core Skills to focus here would be: communications (verbal and written), critical and creative thinking, teamwork and team-building, listening, social, problem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal, project management, planning / organizing, computer / technology, and commitment to continuous / lifelong learning. In the end, link the skills you have identified for yourself with HEC. Picking up from the website connect the learning at HEC with your requirement.

Essay 2: What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words)

Analysis - Leadership is the prime most traits which the admissions committee looks in the HEC applicants. This essay gives us the opportunity to showcase the significant incidence which depicts leadership.

The most difficult part here is to think of a suitable situation. The situation should clearly illustrate leadership role and should also portray essence to make it a life achievement. The situation could be taken from the professional side or personal or from other activities. No matter what the background story is, the essay should clearly show a turning point or the cause-and-effect of the situation should clearly stand out.

Essay 3 : Leadership and ethics are inevitably intertwined in the business world. Describe a situation in which you have dealt with these issues and how they have influenced you. (250 words)

Analysis -
There are no set rules or boundaries to what ethics is to a leader. I would relate ethics as the intentions of a leader. A leader gives vision to his team and his organization and then defines the path on which the team follows to achieve the success. While going through this journey of success, if the leader can take care of being equal and just, give his share of success proportionately to all associated, preach and follow dignity, show honesty towards his people, protect the rights of his team and by his actions contribute positively to not only the overall growth of his organization but also to the community with which he is associated, then he is ethical.

You need to thus pick a situation in which even if you were not at the front, but were challenged with certain issues which disturbed your value system and how you reacted to it. On the practical side, we deviate from our values system based on the circumstances. As rightly said, false statements to temporarily wade off a big problem or to buy time to set things right is not wrong. But again, the boundaries are not defined and how an individual uses or misuses this is very debatable. So for this particular question, pick a situation where you showcased leadership by remaining in limits and hence not compromising with your band-width of value system.

Essay 4 : Imagine a life entirely different from the one you now lead, what would it be? (250 words)

Analysis -

Imagination links with creativity. Good leaders are innovative and thus bold. They have the courage to take risks and give shape to their thoughts. This essay judges your skills in inventiveness.

While portraying your imagination, please link it with your personal character. Your hobby or activities in which you excel or some community initiative in which you are right now marginally involved or some sport which you could take up as a career can be some choices. But then whatever the choice is, illustrate the way you would not only impact your well being but the community/nation as a whole.

Essay 5 : Please choose from one of the following essays : (250 words)

A) What monument or site would you advise a first-time visitor to your country or city to discover, and why?
B) Certain books, movies or plays have had an international success that you believe to be undeserved. Choose an example and analyse it.
C) What figure do you most admire and why? You may choose from any field (arts, literature, politics, business, etc).

Analysis -
This question helps in knowing you better by knowing your preferences and the reasoning behind the preference. You could pick any one of the options but please remember that the reason should link with the overall aim of pursuing a managerial career. A book or a movie or a play picked should be inspirational and you should be able to derive some lessons which relate to your career path. Similarly a person who inspires you should again link with your overall objectives. For the monument/site you can again cleverly pick a destination city and link it with the advantages in context with your profile.

Essay 6 : Is there any additional information you would like to share with us? (900 words)

Analysis -

As the question suggests, it is not important to attempt this essay. But we strongly encourage you to take a shot on this. If you look at the overall information presented through the main essays, you will definitely find many important facets of your profile left out which could play an important role in the overall strength of the application.

You can use this section to explain pitfalls in your application which you feel can fell can affect the admission decision. The concerned areas could be gaps in your resume, extremely low performance in academics/GMAT or some other area of concern. Please be vocal about your concerns only f you feel they are visibly alarming.

You can constructively use this space to highlight your personality through extra curricular activities done so far, involvement with professional and non-professional bodies, hobbies and other interest areas. These have not been covered in the essays. Do not make it look like a resume, try writing about the learning involved due to any involvement and its overall impact on your personality.

Writing essays and presenting a holistic application is not easy. But, you don't know what you can get away with until you try. Try your best by spending earnest time and portraying what your strengths are in true colors. The frills in the language will not help you, the content and the intent will take you through.

All the best!!!

Excerpts of Successful HEC Paris MBA Essays

Leadership and ethics are inevitably intertwined in the business world. Describe a situation in which you have dealt with these issues and how they have influenced you. (250 words)

…. and was shocked to see the state of the account. There was an incomplete ERP, improper accruals and a cash basis of accounting in place!! In a nutshell, Corporate Governance was missing by all means. When I escalated the issue to the management, I did not receive any encouraging reply. …. my professional ethics did not allow me to go ahead. My decision meant putting our contract with the client at stake. I could have resigned but never compromised professionally. Days passed and with deadline approaching fast, the CEO probably realized the gravity of the matter. … things did change. We concluded the assignment by all ethical means and also further assisted the Company in maintaining a strong Corporate Governance environment….

What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words)

I firmly believe that a sustainable achievement is only possible through a healthy work-life balance, which, to me, is commitment to both self and society….During my college days, I founded an NGO involved in providing free education to the children of construction workers. Initially, we conducted evening classes in our hostel but soon initiated two more centers in the University campus….The success inspired me to form a new organization based on a unique self-sustainable model. The organization opened computer literacy centers with the objective to impart free vocational training….The viability of this new model encouraged 79 students to get admitted into mainstream education in just a year’s time…..Fostering both these institutions taught me team dynamics, motivation and effective resource management…..

Quick Fact Sheet

  • Tuition Fees- Full-Time MBA program These are estimated expenses for the 2016-2017 academic year. €56,000*

  • Average Age : 30
  • Work Experience : 3 years
  • GMAT Scores : 690
  • Undergraduate GPA (average) : 3.34
  • International Students : 86%
Transcripts : (Upload) Official academic transcripts, indicating grades and degrees awarded, are required from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. If official transcripts are not available, please provide a certified copy. You can upload a maximum of 2MB per file. The following file formats are accepted: PDF, JPG, TIFF, DOC, DOCX, RTF or TXT
  • A copy of your passport photo page
  • Current resume :- You can provide a certificate certifying that you have completed your secondary education. You must also have 5 years minimum of professional experience, with at least 3 years in a managerial position
  • Interview: You will be invited for two interviews after the Admissions Board has reviewed your application. Our interviewers are Alumni of the HEC Paris MBA program, as we find that they truly understand what makes a strong MBA candidate and what it takes to succeed in our program
Programs Offered :
  • Full Time MBA
  • Part Time MBA
  • Ph.D. Program
  • Masters Program
  • Executive MBA
  • Executive Education
Contact Address:

HEC MBA Program
Admissions Office
1, rue de la Libération
78351 Jouy-en-Josas, CEDEX

Tel : + 33 1 39 67 95 46
         + 33 1 39 67 71 67
Fax : + 33 1 39 67 74 65

Email: admissionmba@hec.fr

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