Doing the DBA in Switzerland

At the end of 2007, Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble, France) and Webster University (Geneva, Switzerland), combined forces to offer a unique Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) degree in Switzerland. The degree is delivered by Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM).


  • Who Are We Looking For?
  • Who Will Be Your DBA Supervisor?
  • Training Workshops: When and Where?
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Application Dates
  • Required Application Documents
  • Whom to Contact?
  • Program Director
  • Program Fees


Recruitment for this program is mainly in Switzerland but also on a worldwide basis. Students come from a wide variety of career backgrounds that include the sciences, humanities, and technical and engineering fields. Participants have usually attained a high level of professional achievement. They are typically managers or executives with advanced degrees in business disciplines or professionally qualified instructors who work in business schools.


Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from Grenoble Ecole de Management. The supervisor brings a broad range of expertise and an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organizational dimensions of technological change.

Training Workshops: When and where?

Training workshops organized during Stage I of the DBA program are held in Grenoble and Geneva. The pedagogical content and the organization of the seminars are under the responsibility of GEM.  A pool of GEM qualified professors is in charge of leading and facilitating the research seminars.

Workshop schedule for 2017-2018*:

  • Workshop 1: 20-24 November 2017
  • Workshop 2: 23-25 March 2018 , Geneva
  •  Workshop 3 - Qualitative Data Collection : 22-24 June 2018, Geneva
  • Workshop 4 - Qualitative Data Analysis: 9-11 November 2018, Geneva
  • Workshop 5 - Quantitative Data Collection: 22-24 March 2019, Geneva
  • Workshop 6 - Quantitative Data Analysis: 21-23 June 2019, Geneva
  • Workshop 7: To be determined

*Subject to change.

Admission requirements

Academic qualifications

Candidates should hold or expect to hold a Master's degree in management (MBA, MA, MSc or equivalent) or in a related discipline from an accredited institution.

Professional experience

Candidates should have at least five years of professional managerial experience either pre- or post-Master's.

Language requirements

All of the DBA workshops are conducted in English. Students whose first language is not English or who have not already studied successfully in an English-speaking environment will be required to provide evidence of advanced proficiency in English.

Acceptance to the program will be based on the following:

  • A preliminary interview with the Program Directors, in person or by video call/telephone call once all application materials have been received
  • Final decision made by an Admissions Board


The 2017-2018 program begins November 2017. Applications must be submitted no later than September 25, 2017.

  • Session 1 application deadline: March 20, 2017
  • Session 2 application deadline: May 15, 2017
  • Session 3 application deadline: June 26, 2017
  • Session 4 application deadline: August 28, 2017
  • Session 5 application deadline: September 25, 2017

Final acceptance to the program falls under GEM's responsibility.


  • 2 references sent directly by the referees by email or in a sealed and signed envelope (1 from a business referee, 1 from an academic referee)
  • Certified copies of  transcripts and diplomas officially translated to English or French
  • A Statement of Purpose, in which the applicant states his or her motivations and how this is coherent  with their long-term career development plan
  • A preliminary Research Proposal, which gives indications of the applicant’s research interests and proposed area of research as well as any initial research plans
  • Language test scores if requested
  • CV
  • Other optional documents (publications ...)

Whom to contact?

For questions and guidance in preparing the admissions process please contact the following person:


Ms. Marta Baroth
+33 4 76 70 62 40
12, rue Pierre Sémard - 38003 Grenoble, France 

Ms. Maureen Gisiger 
+41 22 959 8010
15, route de Collex - 1293 Geneva, Switzerland


Pierre Yves Sanseau
+33 4 76 70 62 22 
Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard - BP 127
38003 GRENOBLE Cedex 01


Tuition fees

The annual tuition for the Grenoble based program is currently 56 000€ (for 4 years) plus 12 000 € per additional year

Tuition for part-time program
Year 1*  16 000 euros
Year 2*  16 000 euros
Year 3  12 000 euros
Year 4   12 000 euros
Additional years (5+)   12 000 euros

(*) A deposit of one-third of the tuition fee must be paid upon registration. In addition to these fees, students are responsible for all travel, accommodation and subsistence costs required to attend the program workshops. The tuition fee is subject to change at any time upon written notice.

Marta Baroth




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