Applying from master programme

Application & Admission
  • Posted by Tomass on 10/06/15 2:52pm

    Hi, I am currently contemplating applying to HEC Paris for the MSc Strategic Management in September 2016.

    Question: Holding a bachelor and currently studying at a master would the later degree make the foundation for my application?

    My background:

    I graduated from the prestigious BSc International Business at Copenhagen Business School. The bachelor boosts to have the harshest admission criteria in Scandinavia and CBS itself is ranked as the world 10th best (6th in Europe) university for Business and management. I unfortunately did not graduate with distinction but had a 7 on a scale from -3 to 12. This is considered a good grade but not outstanding. I continued my studies after graduation and currently I am finishing my MSc Applied Economics and Finance at CBS as well. I have done very well with a GPA of 10.8 which places me in top 5 of my class.

    I wanted to move to France with my girlfriend (who is french) and thought the one year masters at HEC would be a perfect fit for me.

    Assuming I have a good GMAT scores and references would I be able to make a competitive application?

    I have no impressive work experience. Best I can present is internship at embassy..

    Thank you for reading, looking forward to hearing some opinions on bachelor vs master degree importance :)

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 10/06/15 4:04pm

      Hi there,

      you don't need a Master to go for a Master in Management at HEC - but it will not be an obstacle. To better understand the actual entry requirements, I recommend you to read my eBook "The MIM - Master in Management Entry Requirements". The HEC is included in this eBook with their own entry requirement profile.

      A different question is: Why do you want to study another Master degree? Usually, a Master is a degree for a career start. Ideally, you find a job with it. And later, after some years in job, you may think about another education such as the MBA or DBA, in case you need it. If you don't get a descent job with yoru current degree (even if it is a Master), of course another Master may make sense. But I would consider this carefully.

      If you decide that another Master would make sense NOW, then the next question is: What sort of Master? A rather general master like the MIM or a specialized Master (e.g., in Finance)?

      I discuss all these preparatory questions in my second eBook "The MIM eBook: How you find the best Master in Management", particularly in the first 4 chapters (The right timing for a Master, Motivation for doing a Master, Key benefits of a Master etc.). The more you think about it in advance, the more likeely that you make a satisfying decision later. So, read my eBooks carefully - not just to gain more information but also to learn about your options and reflect simultaneously what would be the best education for you at this stage of your life.

      Best wishes
      Thomas

      By Thomas Graf
      Director MIM Compass
      Author of the MIM eBook

    • Posted by Ajay on 01/23/16 12:51pm

      sir,
      i just finished reading your book.in your book you have mentioned that many colleges look for reputation of undergrad university

      i want to apply to master in management as soon as possible but there is a minor spelling mistake in my degree certificate.my college name has been written as Heryana engineering college instead of Haryana engineering college.though all other particulars like university name and serial number are perfectly fine.if i apply for correction the university will issue me degree certificate in short form and write college name as simply HEC . Additionally, the process is very long and may take over a year.is this considered as an error or i can simply apply .I have all the transcripts and provisional degree certificate without any error

      will it cause any problem as the details about university are fine

    • Posted by Ajay on 01/23/16 12:53pm

      sir,
      i just finished reading your book.in your book you have mentioned that many colleges look for reputation of undergrad university

      i want to apply to master in management as soon as possible but there is a minor spelling mistake in my degree certificate.my college name has been written as Heryana engineering college instead of Haryana engineering college.though all other particulars like university name and serial number are perfectly fine.if i apply for correction the university will issue me degree certificate in short form and write college name as simply HEC . Additionally, the process is very long and may take over a year.is this considered as an error or i can simply apply .I have all the transcripts and provisional degree certificate without any error

      will it cause any problem as the details about university are fine

      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 01/25/16 11:20am

        Hi there,

        in your application for the Master in Management you have a "first page" where you writet about your motivation for doing a MIM. Here you can openly and clearly mention this typo so that any confusion can be avoided.

        Best wishes
        Thomas

        By Thomas Graf
        Author of the MIM eBooks