Drive innovation and develop an entrepreneurial mindset

Discover new business opportunities and lead innovation with an online master’s degree from HEC Paris, one of Europe's highest-ranked business schools. This program will enable you to identify and develop innovative and high-potential commercial opportunities and is particularly relevant for current and aspiring business leaders who aim to lead business development, drive product innovation, or launch new business ventures.

Program Objectives

Learn how to:

  • Develop innovative and high-potential commercial opportunities
  • Drive innovation and business development
  • Create products or services in a start-up context or within an existing organization
  • Apply everything you have learned by working on a team project, mentored by leading professors and highly experienced professionals

Key Benefits

  • Obtain a Master’s degree from the #2 ranked business school in Europe without having to leave your home or workplace
  • Network with respected businesspeople, successful entrepreneurs, and classmates online
  • Get team coaching from an experienced business expert
  • Apply your skills to a team project to commercialize an idea, product, technology, or business proposition

Who is this degree for:

  • This program is designed for professionals in charge of, or interested in, product innovation and business development. Entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs (professionals who want to lead entrepreneurial projects within existing organizations) will also find the program extremely relevant.
  • This program will help you to prepare for a career in business as:
  • An entrepreneur
  • A consultant in innovation management

A decision-maker for launching innovative projects and making R&D investments

A member of the executive team in a company


The OMIE program is composed of two distinct parts. In part one, you will complete a series of self-paced, foundational courses. These foundational courses will help you identify and develop innovative and high-potential commercial opportunities, understand how to gather talent and capital, and manage rapid growth and significant risks using ethical decision-making skills. The program’s entrepreneurial perspective also provides insight about how to tackle new opportunities in social ventures, governments, and other projects.

In part two, you will complete a six-month project-based curriculum taught by HEC Paris faculty. The key objective is to help you transform your ideas into business reality, culminating in a final pitch. The project-based part of the program will enable you to apply all of the theories and practical expertise gained during the program to developing a new product, brand or organization. You will work on a team project (idea chosen by the team) from initial conception to commercialization, mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The degree experience is...

  • 100% ONLINE: The same courses you’ll find on campus, with the flexibility to learn when and where you want.
  • INTERACTIVE: Collaborate with a global network of industry-leading classmates, instructors, and alumni.
  • ENGAGING: Innovative courses with lectures from some of the world’s best instructors and hands-on projects.
  • CAREER-FOCUSED: Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop innovative and high-potential commercial opportunities
  • Drive innovation and business development
  • Develop products or services in a start-up context or within an existing organization
  • Work effectively in teams to plan and execute complex business initiatives



Applicants for the degree program must have:

  • a Bachelor's degree
  • a minimum of 5 years of professional experience
  • English language proficiency

Application Process

Our aim is to find out more about your personal motivation and skills in order to understand how this program will help you achieve your professional goals.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria, but have demonstrated strong academic performance in the HEC Paris Online Certificate in Innovation Management, will be considered for admission and should apply.

The final selection is based on your online application, including written essays, recommendations, and an online video presentation of your project and motivations. In some cases, you may be invited to an online interview with one of the Program Directors.

Admissions decisions are communicated within 2-3 weeks of submitting your application, depending on whether we require an additional interview with you.

About HEC

Specializing in management education and research, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow.

Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris is a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay. It boasts a faculty of 138 full-time professors, more than 4,400 students and over 8,000 managers and executives in training each year.

Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated November 16, 2018
This course is Online
Start Date
Sep 2019
10 - 16 months
20,000 EUR
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