HEC Lausanne
École des hautes études commerciales
DeanJean-Philippe Bonardi
Academic staff
300 researchers [1]
Students3'000 [1]
Location, ,
46°31′20″N 6°35′03″E / 46.522256831837°N 6.5841794013977°E / 46.522256831837; 6.5841794013977
AffiliationsEQUIS, AMBA

HEC Lausanne (standing for Faculté des hautes études commerciales), also called the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, is the affiliated business school of the University of Lausanne. Since 1911,[2] HEC Lausanne has been developing teaching and research in the field of business and economics.[3] The school is considered one of the best business schools in Switzerland.[4] HEC Lausanne offers Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees, as well as executive education, including a part-time Executive MBA, short, open courses, and tailor-made programs for organizations.[5]


Léon Walras

In 1537, the Academy of Lausanne was founded as a school of theology. In 1890, the Academy of Lausanne received the status of University, economics was taught within the Faculty of Law. This period was strongly influenced by Léon Walras (1834–1910), the founder of the Lausanne School and creator of the general equilibrium theory. It was also the time of Vilfredo Pareto (1848–1923), famous author of the concept of Pareto efficiency.

On April 15, 1911, the "Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales" (HEC) was founded by Léon Morf and Georges Paillard within the Faculty of Law. The same year, the school welcomed its 12 first students.[6] Léon Morf, professor of management tools, public accounting, and financial mathematics was its first dean, followed by Georges Paillard.[2]

Over the years, professors like Henri Rieben, founder of the first department of European Integration, François Schaller, President of the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank from 1986 to 1989, perpetuated the reputation of the school.[7]


HEC Lausanne is located on the University of Lausanne campus, on the western side of the Lausanne metropolitan area, with direct metro rail access to the center of the city.[8] It overlooks Lake Geneva, a major pool for European industry, banking and research. HEC Lausanne collaborates with the Swiss Finance Institute and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL - Management of Technology program), which are also based on the same campus in Lausanne.


Undergraduate school

Internef, main building of HEC Lausanne
Internef, main building of HEC Lausanne

The three-year cycle has led to the issuance of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in a chosen specialization. The first two years consist of a common core curriculum in which students learn to master modern management tools and develop their critical thinking. In the third year, students may choose between two specializations:[9] BSc in Management or BSc in Economics.

Graduate school

HEC Lausanne Masters of Science (MSc) include two to three semesters and a thesis that can be associated with a three- to six- month internship. All Masters can lead to a PhD program. HEC Lausanne offers the following Masters of Science (MSc) degrees:[10] MSc in Accounting Control and Finance, MSc in Actuarial Science, MSc in Information Systems, MSc in Economics, MSc in Finance, MSc in Management and Master in Law and Economics.

Extranef, main building of the Executive Education
Extranef, main building of the Executive Education

Executive MBA

Since 1979, HEC Lausanne offers an MBA programme designed for managers and professionals who want to evolve or acquire new competences and responsibilities in their career.

The part-time Executive MBA programme lasts 16 months and participants can choose between two focus areas: Management & Corporate Finance[11] and Healthcare Management.[12]

Executive Education - Continuing Education

HEC Lausanne also offers various programs of Executive Education:

PhD programmes

HEC Lausanne offers the following doctoral programs (PhD):[17] PhD in Actuarial Science, PhD in Information Systems, PhD in Economics, PhD in Finance, PhD in Management, PhD in History of Economic Thought.


Accreditation and rankings

The Faculty received the AMBA and EQUIS accreditations for the high quality of its programs, research-, and teaching-activities.[18]

HEC Lausanne is highly rated in several rankings. In 2017, the master's degree in Management is ranked n. 19 in the global rankings of the news Financial Times.


HEC Lausanne conducts research activities with a very high level of scientific rigor and with industrially relevant contributions.[19] The Faculty stands out for the importance it attaches to the quality of its research for more than a century. Aimed to train the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, as well as to provide sound advice to organizations and policy makers, research is central to all activities of the Faculty. Studies conducted in the Faculty aim to understand the fundamental mechanisms and dynamics governing the economic and business world - be they of strategic, operational, financial, legal, behavioral or ethical nature - and to explore individuals’ behaviors and decision-making in this context.

Student organizations

The student organizations are omnipresent at HEC Lausanne and represent a real support to the community. These organizations offer diverse activities to students, linking them to the business environment and giving them the opportunity to get involved during their studies:[20]


Notable people


  1. ^ a b Fact and Figures [1] (Retrieved 12 August 2016)
  2. ^ Péju, Tahyri (2010). "Avant l'an zéro, d'académie en Université". site web du centenaire de HEC Lausanne. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Université de Lausanne". Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Rankings". www.unil.ch.
  5. ^ "Mission, vision and values". HEC Lausanne website. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ Faculté de droit, Université de Lausanne (1937). L'école des hautes études commerciales, à l'occasion de son XXVe anniversaire. Son histoire, son présent, son avenir. Direction de l'école. p. 7.
  7. ^ "François Schaller" (PDF). Swiss National Bank. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  8. ^ UNIL, Welcome to Campus. Retrieved 2017-10-10
  9. ^ "The HEC Lausanne Bachelors". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  10. ^ "The HEC Lausanne Masters". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Executive MBA HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  12. ^ "The Executive MBA HEC Lausanne". 10 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Executive Education - Executive Masters". www.unil.ch/hec-formation-continue. 21 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Executive Education - Certificates / Diplomas". www.unil.ch/hec-formation-continue. 21 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Executive Education - Short Programs". www.unil.ch/hec-formation-continue. 21 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Executive Education - Customized Programs". www.unil.ch/hec-formation-continue. 21 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Doctorates - HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Rankings". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Research at HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Student associations". Retrieved 10 October 2017.


Coordinates: 46°31′20″N 6°35′03″E / 46.52225683183685°N 6.584179401397705°E / 46.52225683183685; 6.584179401397705