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).


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • 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

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

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.

WHO WILL BE YOUR DBA SUPERVISOR?

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 2016-2017*:

  • Workshop 1: 1 week, 21-26 November , 2016 at GEM, Grenoble, France
  • Workshop 2: week-end, 24-26 March, 2017 at Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland
  •  Workshop 3: week-end, 23-25 June, 2017 at Webster University
  • Workshop 4: week-end, 10-12 November, 2017 at Webster University
  • Workshop 5: week-end, 23-25 March, 2018 at Webster University
  • Workshop 6: week-end, 22-24 June, 2018 at Webster University
  • 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

APPLICATION DATES

The 2016-2017 program begins November 2016. Applications must be submitted no later than September 20, 2016.

We advise you to apply to the earliest possible session as later sessions will only be open if places are still available. Also, please be aware of administrative delays should you require a visa.

  • Session 1 application deadline: February 16, 2016
  • Session 2 application deadline: April 12, 2016
  • Session 3 application deadline: June 21, 2016
  • Session 4 application deadline: August 23, 2016
  • Session 5 application deadline: September 20, 2016

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

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • 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:

DBA PROGRAM ASSISTANT 

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

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Michelle Mielly (+33 4 76 70 62 99)
Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard - BP 127
38003 GRENOBLE Cedex 01
France 

PROGRAM FEES

Tuition fees

The tuition for the Grenoble based program is currently 49 000€ (for 4 years) plus 8 000€ per additional year.

Tuition for part-time program
Year 1*  15 000 euros
Year 2*  14 000 euros
Year 3  11 000 euros
Year 4   9 000 euros
TOTAL COST   49 000 euros
Additional years (5+)   8 000 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.

Contacts
Marta Baroth

 

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