The city’s chamber of commerce opened HEC Paris, officially known as Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris, in 1881. The early focus of the school was geared toward trade and management, though the scope of such studies has greatly evolved over the more than 130 years since the doors first opened.
It took nearly 40 years before HEC Paris began using the preferred case-based studies for instruction rather than the original idea to offer mere theory. Other steps forward included a more stringent entrance exam beginning in the late 1950’s and the admission of women in 1973.
The same year women first began matriculating at HEC Paris was also the beginning of the school’s effort to broaden the scope of its brand to places around the world. The first partnerships established were with the London School of Economics and New York University.
Undergraduate degrees can be obtained and potentially lead to studying Master’s degrees in specialized fields. A student also has the opportunity to work toward an MBA, with an Executive MBA possible both in-person and online. In addition to Executive Education classes, some students can then consider if they wish to strive for a doctorate.