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The fully online nature of the program has been specifically designed for busy professionals, composed of two distinct parts. The fundamental courses allow participants to acquire new knowledge and skills without having to compromise personal and professional commitments. The project-based courses are run in an interactive webinar format and feature personalized support and coaching for the team projects from HEC Paris professors. The aim of the pre-established schedule of the Executive MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship creates a strong group dynamic and enriching learning experience from the outset. Participants work closely and exchange ideas with their professors and program team.
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Students attend live classroom sessions with professors, work together on group projects, and get access to instructors during live office hours. Faculty are hands-on and interact with participants in classes and on projects, holding weekly live class sessions covering multiple time zones across the world.
HEC Paris online masters graduated its first cohort from this groundbreaking program in February 2019, consisting of 46 students from 22 countries. MSIE is a powerful program for entrepreneurs due to a project-based curriculum, where students develop and pitch a new product or business under the guidance of a team coach. Monica Messio, a medical doctor, MBA graduate, and entrepreneur, oversaw a group of MSIE students hailing from Dubai, the United States, and Paris, who have since become business partners.
“It was a wonderful experience,” she said. “We met online once a week and I felt blessed to work with such a motivated and talented team.” To date, a third of the capstone projects from the first cohort of MSIE graduates are already morphing into startups.
MSIE students come from a range of backgrounds, such as recent graduate Efthymia Lioliou. With a doctorate in Biochemistry and hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, Efthymia reflects the diversity in professional and academic backgrounds of the MSIE students. “I decided to apply for the MSIE (because) I always wanted to have an impact on the world and play an active role in solving pressing societal, environmental and health-related issues. My project aimed at producing protein biotechnologically in order to feed the Earth’s growing population in a sustainable way.”
General Electric Project Manager Rahima Khatir lauded the Master’s flexibility and international notoriety: “This is the most complete degree I’ve found on the market,” she insisted.
Fellow student François Lignon concurred: “The MSIE provides me a global vision on innovation and it is compatible with my personal timetable,” said the Vice-President of the audiovisual company Arkena. “Thanks to the former, I’m working with fellow team members based in Kentucky, France and the Middle East!”
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