Dual Degree with HEC Paris - Corporate and Public Management
The HEC/Sciences Po joint degree program aims to train leaders able to tackle key global and European policy and business challenges that require complementary skills in management, leadership, as well in public policy making, evaluation and regulation. Our graduates hold positions in business, government, and non-profit organizations at both the European and international level.
Founded in 1881, HEC Paris is one of the world’s top business schools and a leader in research and education in management sciences. Founded in 1872, Sciences Po is an international research university, highly selective but with a global outlook, ranking among the most prestigious institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences.
Created in 2008, the joint degree program between HEC and the School of Public Affairs of Sciences Po has already trained numerous graduates that have joined a large set of public and private organizations ranging from governments or official institutions to consulting firms.
The three-year program alternates on-campus periods with internships, both at HEC Paris and Sciences Po. Taught by academics from the two institutions as well as practitioners, the curriculum relies on a mix of knowledge and practice to prepare graduates to translate their understanding of complex issues into innovative and relevant business and policy solutions in both private and public sectors.
Courses at HEC are provided in English. Courses at Sciences Po can be taken in French, in English or in both languages.
The joint degree program also allows students who are interested in preparing for the French civil services exams to enter the European or French public services.
The curriculum lasts three years, with two internship periods of 4 to 6 months each.
Master year 1 at HEC
During their year at HEC Paris, students acquire a wide range of management and leadership skills. The curriculum is organized around a set of courses ensuring both the mastery of today's management fundamentals (corporate finance, law, strategy, etc.) and in-depth studies related to key issues of our time, notably through a wide choice of elective courses.
Semester 1: Business fundamentals
- Strategy (36h)
- Financial Economics and Markets (36h)
- Business Law (18h)
- Accounting (36h)
- Statistics (18h)
- Business and Society (18h – Choice of an elective)
- Business, entrepreneurship, technology or sustainability (18h – Choice of an elective)
Link to the course description
Semester 2: Advanced courses and operational skills
- Corporate finance (36h)
- Supply Chain and Operations (36h)
- Marketing (36h)
- Organization behavior (18h)
- Managerial Accounting and Performance (24h)
- Business, entrepreneurship, technology or sustainability (36h – Choice of 2 electives)
- Workshops on Leadership / Negotiation / Purposeful leadership
Link to the course description
Semester 3: Professional experience
Students complete a 4-to-6-month internship or fixed-term contract, full-time, in the private sector.
Master year 2 at Sciences Po
The curriculum at the School of Public Affairs is rich and varied. In addition to the fundamentals of public affairs (modules on European policies, the evaluation of public policies, governance and democracy, and public economics), dual degree students have access to all policy stream courses and elective courses, i.e. a choice from around a hundred courses each semester. Thus, students can build a personalized course allowing them to acquire the knowledge and develop the necessary skills to achieve their professional goals at the national, European or international level. Depending on their needs, students may choose general courses in public policy or specialize in a particular area (culture, health, economy, security and defence, sustainable development, digital, social policy, etc.)
Finally, students benefit from the innovative educational formats of the Policy Lab by taking part in a simulation, a case study and a challenge from the Public Policy Incubator.
- Semester 4 and semester 5: Attending classes at the School of Public Affairs
Each year, the course description for semester 4 is updated in December for the January course registration, while the course description for semester 5 is updated in June for the July course registration.
- Semester 6: Professional experience
Students must complete an internship, a temporary contract, a permanent contract, or a VIA, full-time, in the public sector. The minimum duration of this professional experience is 14 weeks.
To successfully complete the programme at Sciences Po, all students must pass the Grand Oral.
Please note that:
- One of the 2 professional experiences of semesters 3 and 6 must be carried out abroad. If the 2 internships are carried out in France, then an internship of at least 10 weeks must be carried out abroad during the summer of one of the 3 years of the dual degree.
- During semesters 5 and 6 or after graduation, dual degree students can enroll in the preparation for French and European administrative competitions offered by the School of Public Affairs.
Over 80% of students are employed within 3 months of graduation. The majority obtain a permanent contract in the private sector, 20% of graduates choose the civil service preparation and 5% are recruited in international organizations.
Examples of positions held by recent graduates:
- Manager or director of strategy, economic development, production, innovation and digital transformation, performance, commercial operations, marketing.
- Directeur général adjoint chargé des finances, Gestionnaire ou chargé d’investissement.
- Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Manager or Investment Officer.
- Analyst M&A / Digital / Sustainable banking / Sovereign advisory / Strategy & Marketing. Macroeconomic or financial analyst.
- Public affairs consultant / manager / advisor.
- Director of cultural action, director of publication, responsible for communication.
- Minister’s departmental staff, administrator of the National Assembly and the Senate, head of office, auditor at the Council of State, adviser or secretary of foreign affairs, inspector of finance, Head of the economic affairs department.
Examples of private structures that recruit young graduates:
- Consultancy / Audit: EY, McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, KPMG, Accenture, Capgemini Consulting, PwC.
- Finance / Economics / Insurance / Bank: Allianz, Société Générale, EDF Invest, Eiffel Investment Group, Rothschild & Co, AXA Group, BNP Paribas, BCG.
- Digital / Nex Technologies: Google, OpenClassrooms, Uber, LinkedIn, Facebook, Orange.
- Health: directions d’hôpitaux privés, Sanofi Pasteur, Servier BioInnovation, Doctolib.
- Energy, Environment, Sustainability: TotalEnergies, Citeo, Opale Energies Naturelles, Engie, Veolia.
- Culture / Audiovisual media: Canal+ Group, musées privés, Ubisoft.
- Industry / Supply Chain / Retail: Decathlon, Carrefour, Siemens, Uber, Arkema, Renault, Michelin, Ovrsea, CMA CGM.
- Beauty / Fashion / Luxury: L’Oréal Group, Chanel, Pernod Ricard, LVMH, Hermès, Louis Vuitton.
- Transport: Transdev, BlablaCar.
- Security and Defense: Safran
- Entrepreneurship: a significant number of graduates have founded their own business in the consulting, digital, cultural and environmental sectors, among others.
Examples of public structures that recruit young graduates:
Graduates are admitted to the competitions of the INSP, the Banque de France, the EN3S, the City of Paris, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, administrator of maritime affairs, administrator of the Senate and National Assembly.
- Finance / Economics / Insurance / Bank: Caisse des dépôts, BPI France, Banque de France, Inspection générale des finances, Cour des comptes, ministère de l’Economie et des Finances (DG Trésor, direction du budget, DG Entreprises), Commission des affaires économiques du Sénat.
- Digital / New Technologies: Beta.gouv.fr.
- Health: directions d’hôpitaux publics, Agences régionales de santé, ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé.
- Energy, Environment, Sustainability: Commission de régulation de l’énergie, Ademe.
- Culture / Audiovisual media: ministère de la Culture, ambassades, musées nationaux, Opéra National de Paris, Radio France.
- Transport: Direction générale de l’aviation civile, SNCF, AirFrance.
- Social / NGO: Action Logement, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Agronomes et vétérinaires sans frontières, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Groupe SOS, European Centre for Law and Justice, Croix Rouge française, Haut-commissariat à l’emploi et à l’engagement des entreprises.
- Security and Defense: ministère des Armées, ministère de l’Intérieur
- Diplomacy: ministère des Affaires étrangères, représentations permanentes de la France.
- International civil service : European Investment Bank, World Bank, European Central Bank, OECD, European Commission, European External Action Service, UN World Food Programme.
- Océane Evrard, class of 2018
- Adrien Lauras, class of 2018 (video subtitled in English)
Admission of students from HEC
Each year, fifty places in this dual degree programme are open to HEC students, following their Master 1.
It is possible to apply during the M1 and/or during the post-M1 gap year. No deferral of admission is possible.
The application process takes place in two stages:
- Stage 1: an eligibility phase which takes the form of an application file evaluated by HEC. For more information, contact email@example.com
- Stage 2: an admission phase which takes the form of an oral examination organised by Sciences Po on Zoom during the second half of February. The oral interview lasts 20 minutes, during which the candidate first briefly presents the reasons why he or she is interested in pursuing this double degree, and then there is an exchange with the jury to assess the precision and realism of the candidate's professional project, as well as its coherence with the School of Public Affairs' educational offer. French candidates take the interview in French, while international candidates can choose to take it in French or English.
The admission results are communicated in March at the latest.
Admission of students from Sciences Po
Each year, fifty spots are open to students from Sciences Po's Undergraduate College in this dual degree programme.
Students apply during their third year or during their gap year between the Undergraduate College and their Master's degree.
The application process consists of two steps:
- Step 1: when choosing your Master's degree online (February), you must indicate the double degree with HEC in choice 1 and a non-selective programme (from EAP or not) in choice 2.
Regarding this choice 2, you must follow the instructions specific to each master's degree or programme detailed in the dedicated school newsletter: send a letter of motivation, fill in a form...
- Step 2: Submit your application via the HEC admissions portal before March 1, 2023 at noon, French time.
You will upload the following documents to the platform in order to complete your online application:
- Passport or ID card
- School certificate
- 1st and 2nd year transcripts
- Copy of an English certification: TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS or Cambridge
- Resume and photo.
References are optional. You can add some in the "Additional document" section if you wish.
For any question relating to your application, you can contact Ms. Sylvie Bracke directly at HEC : firstname.lastname@example.org
The publication of the eligibility results will take place on March 23, 2023.
In case of eligibility, the selection interview will take place via Skype from March 28 to April 6, 2023.
This interview, lasting about twenty minutes, will take place in English in front of an HEC jury and in order to learn more about the candidates' professional and academic goals and objectives and how they align with the dual degree.
The admission results will be communicated to students on April 13, 2023.
For students from Sciences Po:
The financial conditions are detailed on this page.
If you have any questions, please contact the student services centre.
For students from HEC Paris:
We invite you to contact the educational teams in charge of the double degree at HEC.
I'm a Sciences Po student, I want to work in finance. Should I choose the Sciences Po Master's in Finance or apply for the HEC-Sciences Po dual degree?
The most logical thing is certainly to choose the Sciences Po Master's in Finance: the HEC-Sciences Po dual degree does not prepare students for the financial sector - any more than for the marketing sector or the human resources management field.
The HEC-Sciences Po dual degree does not train specialists: it constitutes a general training intended for future very high-level managers, working in the private sector or in public administration, capable of understanding the challenges of the company as a whole, in a context structured by issues and regulations pertaining to the public sphere.
I want to do research, I am passionate about the topic of public policy evaluation. Do you recommend this program?
As its name suggests, the Corporate and Public Management Program is not focused on training through research: it is above all a question of training operational managers, that is to say decision-makers oriented towards action.
Although the vast majority of graduates from this program will take part in operational professional responsibilities after obtaining their diploma, some of them will be able, if they wish, to go into research at the end of their degree.
Is the dual degree open to international students and students who don’t speak French?
The dual degree is open to international students from the Sciences Po Undergraduate College and the HEC Master in Management. Training at HEC is provided in English; at Sciences Po, courses can be taken in French, in English or in both languages.
I did not take the “Economy and Society” major at the Undergraduate College, can I apply for the dual degree?
The choice of major does not affect the selection of candidates. It is important to have a defined professional project, based if possible on prior internship experiences, in line with the training offered by the dual degree.
What overall average should I expect to achieve in order to enter the dual degree?
The average is reassessed each year based on the applications received. An overall average of at least 14 out of 20 is generally expected. Students admitted are often graduates of Undergraduate College with honors.
SCIENTIFIc advisor of the dual degree
Eric Mengus is Associate Professor of Economics at HEC. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He is an engineering graduate from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in 2014.
His research focuses on macroeconomics and international finance and he works on various topics such as sovereign debt, international capital flows or household insurance.
Prior to joining HEC Paris, Eric Mengus was a researcher at the Banque de France in the Financial Research Division (2013-2014) and the Monetary Policy Research Division (2009-2010).
- Academic Advisors: Anelise Nicolier (Sciences Po) and Pauline Aubathier (HEC/Academic Affairs L3/M1)
- Academic Assistant: Camille Gouiffes (Sciences Po) - 01 45 49 59 61