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Master in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

School of Management and Innovation - open in a new windowThe Master in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources is being integrated into the Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation launched in October 2016.
Current students will continue studying in their original Master's programme.
Their programme may undergo a few alterations related to the School's organisation for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Program with integrated placement year

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Program objectives

Managing organizational complexity, developing organisations and stakeholders with differing approaches and collective and individual employee involvement are all key issues for the efficiency of organisations today.

Sciences Po's Master in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources aims to train students in becoming strategic partners of organizational governance providing them with the required skills, technical knowledge and "soft skills" needed to grasp organizational issues at stake within a company or administration and to lead on change management issues and industrial relations negotiations.

The programme is designed for students looking for careers in strategic human resources and organizational change management either in companies, consulting firms or in the public sector.

The academic model of this professional Masters programme reflects its commitment to the following:

  • placing the social sciences at the heart of its curriculum (economy, statistics, business law, psychology) and more importantly, sociology of organizations, change management and negotiating skills ;
  • an intensive 12 month professional placement in year 2 of the program as well as a tutoring system carried out by experienced HR executives;
  • a demanding curriculum designed and taught by academics and HR executives but also highly valued by HR professionals.

The Master is designed to provide students with the necessary skills needed to assume a leadership role in the designing and implementation of HR policies and strategies and has six main objectives:

  1. developing future HR managers' abilities to think strategically whilst designing and implementing organizational change according to strategic reviews;
  2. students become rapidly operational as a result of the program's practical focus and its emphasis on "learning by doing" (socio-organizational assessment, conduct of the job interview, workshops, case studies, role playing etc ;) as well as an intensive 12 month work placement;
  3. developing students « soft skills » crucial to individual and business success and allowing students to acquire intellectual and analytical skills as well as building on interpersonal skills (negotiating, managing difficult situations, HR attitude etc;) acquiring solid knowledge of the business world, management tools and employment legislation as well as a fine understanding of contemporary HR issues (work-life balance, equality and diversity etc.) ;
  4. understanding and managing new technology ;
  5. becoming familiar with an international working environment and operating effectively in a multicultural setting


Course outline and specific features

The core curriculum in year 1 of the program covers areas such as sociology of organizations, labour economics, employment legislation and business strategy as well as more specific HR subject areas including recruitment, training and development, HRIS, employee relations and corporate social responsibility). The module "personal and professional development" helps students to prepare for their work placement which they will carry out in year 2 of the program. Students also benefit from very practical, hands-on classes such as Interest-based negotiation programme and are required to carry out a socio-organizational assessment in a large company.

The second year is devoted to deepening students' academic knowledge and enhancing their professional skills. Students sign a 12 month apprenticeship contract within a company or administration and take on a specific assignment at management level. The formula of alternating one week of study with three weeks in the company or administration allows students to combine their knowledge of theoretical concepts with hands-on experience

Students who wish to gain an additional (professional) experience may request a gap year between year 1 and year 2 of the program. Students can choose to take additional classes in one of Sciences Po's partner universities and/or carry out a work placement in France or abroad.

Students enrolled in the program also have the possibility of joining Sciences Po's doctoral school through the Center for the Sociology of Organizations (Sciences Po – CNRS) if they meet the eligibility criteria.

An individual tutoring system offered by experienced HR executives during year 2 of the program or during the gap year helps students to reflect on what they envisage doing after graduation.


Career prospects

With its combination of broad-based and specialist knowledge alongside the placement year, the Masters in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources aims to train human resources professionals for positions as human resource managers and true HR specialists.

Sciences Po's latest graduate survey carried out in 2014 (class of 2013) show that the program produces successful, highly sought-after graduates:

  • 90% of students find graduate level work within 3 months of graduation
  • 85% of students find a permanent position (long-term contract)
  • Gross annual salary ranges from 35K€ to 50K€ for 90% of students graduating from the program

Recent graduates are now working in graduate level positions as operations managers, consultants and project coordinators and pursuing careers in consulting, recruitment, HR research, employment relations, HR communications, training and development, talent management among others.

Students carrying out their placement year in 2015-2016 worked with a variety of companies including Air France, Areva Business Support, Avril SCA, BNP Paribas, Cabinet Ministre du Travail, Cabinet Valeurs & Développement, Crédit Agricole Private Banking, Danone, Dassault Data Services, EDF, Generali France Assurances, Groupe Canal+, Hermès Sellier, HSBC, Inter Mutuelles Assistance, L'Oréal, Natixis Asset Management, OCP International SAS, Pernod Ricard, Proxiserve, Sanofi Aventis Groupe, Schneider Electric, Société Générale, Thalès, The Boston Consulting Group & Cie

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