What is the HEC MiM Review?

The HEC MiM Review is useful for people who want to gain a quick understanding of the Masters in Management program at HEC and understand if it would be a correct choice for them. Apart from a brief review of the school, data about the HEC MiM application process & its essays, the class profile and placement statistics upon graduation are presented.

INTRODUCTION 

HEC Paris is a school that needs no introduction. Its MBA is one of the best in the world, and its MiM program is proving to be no less.

Always in the top 5 of the FT rankings, the HEC Masters in Management program is one of the most sought after program for young graduates. No wonder its admission procedure is very competitive and demands a really high GMAT score apart from a very strong profile. Its location near Paris coupled with a very strong reputation in Europe and abroad makes it a very desirable school. It has excellent relations with companies in all sectors and boasts a high rate of placement for its students especially in sectors of Finance and Consulting.

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SALIENT FEATURES 

  • 18 months program with the option of gap year after the first year. This allows a student to "try out" a business sector before committing to it.
  • A wide variety of specializations and double degree options. HEC also has exchange partnerships with some very strong colleges.
  • Additional certificate programs, which are sponsored by companies. In these programs, one can take specialized courses and do field work in niche fields such as energy, luxury, digital innovation, mergers & acquisitions among others. 9 such certifications are available.
  • Lots of opportunities to network with professionals and other specialized masters & MBA students (they all study on the same campus).
  • A beautiful campus with a variety of sports activities and clubs available.

MiM Program details of courses offered at HEC

M1 contains core courses related to general management, it will help you build a strong business foundation.

M2 provides a deep dive with a specialized curriculum offering a wide range of specializations such as Strategic Management, International Finance, Marketing, Economics, Managerial and Financial Economics, Corporate Financial Management, Entrepreneurship, Digital, Project Management.

HEC offers an optional gap year between M1 and M2 in order to enrich your resume with solid professional experience. You get an opportunity to explore the reality of the business world in a specific field of your choice enabling you to sharpen your career goals.

Certificates at HEC

Sponsored by a company, Certificates are a set of interdisciplinary courses and other types of field work related to a given sector.

Each student selected for a certificate will be awarded an additional HEC certificate if he/she validates all the requirements of the course.

There are 9 certificates such as Digital Entrepreneurship, Social Business/Enterprise and Poverty, Excellence in Client Experience and so on.

Next, in the HEC Masters in Management Review, we are going to look at the eligibility criteria and application process of HEC Paris.


 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

There are 2 ways via which you can apply for HEC's Masters in Management program, they are

1)  Direct application to HEC

Via this option you send in your application directly to the school for consideration, it is very similar to the normal application procedure for any school

Application Deadlines

  • CHINA PRE-SELECTED UNIVERSITIES ROUND* - September 25, 2017.
  • Round 1 - October 24, 2017.
  • Round 2- January 9, 2018.
  • Round 3 - January 9, 2018.
  • Round 4- April 17, 2018

 *For Chinese students of the following universities: Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Nanjing University, Zhejiang University, Wuhan University.

Constituents of the application package  

  • Online application form.
  • Application Essays - 8 short essays (maximum of 1000 characters each).
  • GMAT/GRE/ TAGE MAGE.
  • One page CV.
  • 2 Letter of recommendations.
  • A copy of college transcript.
  • IELTS or TOEFL or TOEIC (may be required, send them a mail to confirm).
  • Application fee of €100.

2) Application via SAI :

The SAI or Service des Admissions Internationales is the common selection procedure for a consortium of 5 schools HEC, ESCP, Emlyon, Skema & Audencia Nantes. Via this application you can directly apply to all 5 schools with the same essays & LOR's. MiM-Essay.com recommends this way of application as it proves to be very efficient and economical for students.

     Application Deadlines

  • Autumn session: October 10, 2017.
  • Winter session: January 8, 2018.
  • Spring session : February 20, 2018.
  • Summer session : April 17, 2018.

    Application Requirements (common for all 5 schools)

  • Online application form.
  • Application Essays - 4 short essays of 500 characters each.
  • GMAT/GRE/ CAT/ TAGE MAGE.
  • One page CV.
  • 2 Letter of recommendations.
  • A copy of college transcript.
  • IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC (for TAGE mage takers).
  • Application fee of €180.

Next, in the HEC Masters in Management Review, we are going to look at some relevant details about the MiM program as well as the employment opportunities after graduation.


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USEFUL INFORMATION

Duration: 18 months.
Location: Paris (outskirts).
Tuition Fees: €33,800 for EU students.
€37,800 for non-EU students.
Merit-based scholarships are available.
Also, the French government offers a number of really great scholarships such as Eiffel & Ile de France. These are worth applying to.

Additionally, there are several scholarships which vary depending on the country the applicant is from.

Cost of living is around €1000/month, it covers food, housing, compulsory health and civil liability insurances, sports and leisure.

Class Profile at HEC

  • 60 nationalities in the program.
  • 40% women.
  • Healthy mix of different backgrounds ( Engineering, Business, Economics, Humanities, Sciences).
  • Average age: 22-23 years.
  • 710 median GMAT score.

Post-Graduation opportunities

Average starting salary of €57,000.

97% found employment within 3 months of graduation.

Major sectors students were placed in:

Sector % Placed
Consulting 30%
Corporate Finance 21%
Marketing 10%
General Management 6%

Top recruiting companies at HEC-

Finance: Goldman Sachs, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley.

Consulting: McKinsey, BCG, A.T Kearney, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Accuracy, Deloitte.

Corporate Sectors: Google,  L'Oreal, LVMH, Unilever, P&G, Rocket Internet.

Read the full placement report for the batch of 2016 here.

Lastly, in the HEC Masters in Management Review, we are going to look at the application essay questions.


APPLICATION ESSAY INSIGHTS

As mentioned earlier you can apply for HEC's Masters in Management program via 2 ways, the direct method or through SAI. Though to our knowledge, there is no specific advantage of one method over the other. The SAI process is advisable as it is more economical and you get to apply to 5 good schools with a single application, this way you can keep HEC & ESCP as target schools and the other 3 as backup options. Also, you can apply to HEC only via one of the 2 methods, you cannot use both methods in the same application year.

Direct Application to HEC

If you apply for this form of application, you will have to submit 8 short essays. Each essay has a word limit of 1000 characters (not words) so you have to make sure you can fit in all the information you want to put forward in that word limit.

The Short essay questions are:

  1. Describe, in descending order, your 3 most important interests. Justify your answer. 
  2. Which personal achievement are you most proud of (studies, professional life, sports etc.)?
  3. Please describe a situation where you failed and what you have learned from it.
  4. Please give us an account of your last work/internship experience (accomplishments, what you have learned).
  5. What are your reasons for choosing this program?
  6. Please describe your short term career goals after completing the Master course.
  7. Are you applying to other programs than those of HEC Paris? If yes, please state to which programs other than those of HEC Paris, you are applying to and why?

As you can see it is a pretty varied bunch and covers different elements of your life, make sure each essay highlights different skills of yours and the essays do not overlap much. In the end, all the essays should merge together seamlessly to portray a stellar image of yourself. HEC essays can make or break your case, so you really want to put in a LOT of time making sure each and every word is perfect & the essays paint you as a strong candidate for admission.

You can check out HEC Sample Essays for deeper insights on how to write the specific MiM essays for HEC Paris.

Application via SAI

Via the SAI process you can apply to 5 schools (HEC,ESCP, Emlyon, Skema & Audencia Nantes) via the same application. At application fees of €180 that is a very good deal, considering the fact that usually, single college applications are well over €100.

The SAI process is a very efficient one with clear guidelines and a transparent application procedure.

It requires 4 short essays of 500 characters each.

The 500 character limit makes the job of fitting in all your life's work in that tiny space, very difficult.

You really need to make sure that each & every word that you include is benefiting your application. Another thing to consider is whether the overall picture that you are presenting is well rounded or not.
Hence it is a very good idea to spend hours if not days perfecting your essay and having it edited by a number of different sources so that it is an easy and smooth read.

The 4 short essay questions are:

  • Which personal achievements are you most proud of? 
  • Describe a situation where you failed. What lessons did you learn from it?
  • Why is your application an added-value for the SAI member schools?
  • Describe your extra-curricular activities over the last few years (leisure time, social life, clubs, volunteer work, etc.) ?

The strongest advice for these essays would be, make each and every word count. Also, utilize the LOR's to fill in any gap that may have been left in the essays.


We hope the HEC MiM Review was able to provide you with ample information about the MiM program offered by HEC Paris. All information has been sourced from the HEC website, for more information you can visit the official website of HEC Paris.

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