HEC Paris Launches Groundbreaking Online Master's in Innovation & Entrepreneurship on Coursera

PARIS, March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

HEC Paris and Coursera launch their first fully online international degree program, the online Master's in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OMIE). Europe's leading business school has created this degree in collaboration with Coursera, the world's leading online learning platform. The program is designed for present and future business leaders who wish to drive innovation within their organizations or launch new ventures. Applications are now open for the first intake of students with classes starting in September 2017.

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According to HEC Paris Dean Peter Todd, the need for courses designed for entrepreneurial and innovative leaders is greater than ever: "This new online degree answers the needs of the ever-changing and rapidly-evolving world of business. In 2013, we were the first business school in France to launch a Massive Open Online Course on the Coursera platform." Indeed, HEC Paris' more recent ability to build open courses will now be leveraged to develop a fully online degree for the entire world.

Coursera CEO Rick Levin is hopeful that the OMIE will make learning from a top business school attainable to people globally: "Thanks to a unique curriculum based on stackable credentials, participants can benefit at each level of learning. They can choose a single course, decide to specialize in one program, or embark on a full-fledged degree."

The online Master's in Innovation & Entrepreneurship will be as selective as all other degrees at HEC Paris. But it is also designed to be flexible, allowing prospective students to start learning immediately on the Coursera platform with open enrollment Specializations. Once admitted, Specializations can then be credited towards the degree.

"Participants will leave the program ready to launch their own venture or to innovate within their existing organizations. This is a unique opportunity to earn an HEC Master's degree and join the exclusive HEC Alumni network," explains Peter Todd.

Students will work in teams over a six-month period on a project of choice, from the planning stages to bringing the idea to life. They will receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders who will meet with them once a week. Successful graduates will be able to move their respective project into its next phase by applying for seed funding from HEC Paris, and have their project come to fruition at HEC's incubator, based at Station F, the world's biggest startup campus.

For more information, visit: https://www.coursera.org/degrees/masters-innovation-entrepreneurship

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CONTACT: HEC Paris, Julie Dobiecki +33 1 39 67 94 39, dobiecki@hec.frCoursera, Charlotte Crawford, charlotte@coursera.org

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