Doing the DBA in the USA

Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble, France) and California State University Northridge (Northridge, USA), have combined forces to offer a unique Doctorate of Business Administration degree in the USA. The degree is delivered by Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Students’ profile

DBA Student Nelson Pizzaro, serial entrepreneur and Assistant Professor at California State University - USA

Recruitment for this program is on a worldwide basis. Students come from a wide variety of countries and career backgrounds. These may include: sciences, humanities and technical and engineering fields. Participants have generally attained a high level of professional achievement. They are typically managers or executives with advanced degrees in business disciplines or professionally qualified teachers in business schools.

Supervision of the doctoral students

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

Training workshops location

Training workshops organized during stage I are held in Grenoble and the USA:

Workshops planning for 2015-2016 intake* :

  • Workshop 1 - Introduction : November 23-28, 2015 (Grenoble)
  • Workshop 2 - Research Design and Literature Review: March 4-6, 2016 (USA)
  • Workshop 3 - Qualitative Research 1: Data Collection: June 3-5, 2016 (USA)
  • Workshop 4 - Qualitative Research 2: Data Analysis: October 21 - 23, 2016 (USA)
  • Workshop 5 - Quantitative Research 1: Data Collection and Experimental Design: March 10-12, 2017 (USA)
  • Workshop 6 - Quantitative Research 2: Data Analysis: June 2-4, 2017 (USA)
  • Workshop 7 - To be determined

* Subject to change

Admission requirements

Academic qualifications

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

Professional experience

Candidates should also have management experience of at least 5 years pre- or post-Master’s.

Language requirements

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.

Program Director

Dr. Valérie Sabatier
Doctoral School
Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard - BP 127
38003 GRENOBLE Cedex 01


The 2015/2016 program starts on November 23, 2015; applications must be submitted through the online application database to any session below and no later than September 2, 2015.

We advise your to apply to the earliest sessions preferably as the last session will be open only if places remain. Also be aware of the delay if you need a visa.

  • Session 1: Deadline complete application file: February 2, 2015
  • Session 2: Deadline complete application file: April 2, 2015
  • Session 3: Deadline complete application file:  June 2, 2015
  • Session 4: Deadline complete application file:  September 2, 2015

Mrs. Marta Baroth
DBA Admissions
Grenoble Ecole de Management
4 place Robert Schuman
38000 Grenoble - France
Tel: + 33 (0) 4 76 70 62 40

Acceptance to the program will be based on the following:

  • An interview with the Program Director (face to face interviews or online interviews)
  • Interviews in person are preferred, but can also be done exceptionally by telephone.
  • The final validation by the Admission Board.
  • Full applications received by each session will be examined within one month by an admission board.

Required application documents (to be uploaded in the application database):

  • 2 references sent directly by the referees by email or in a sealed envelope (1 from a business referee, 1 from an academic referee)
  • Certified copies of  transcripts and diplomas* officially translated in English or French
  • A statement of Purpose, in which the applicant states his motivations and how this fits into his long-term career development plan
  • A preliminary Research Proposal, which gives an indication 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 ...)

Tuition fees

Tuition for part-time program 2015-2019

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

Year 1*

€ 15,000
Year 2* € 14,000
Year 3 € 11,000
Year 4 € 9,000
Total cost € 49,000
Additional years (5+) € 8,000

(*): Students are responsible for the cost of travel, accommodation and food during the compulsory workshops to attend.

A deposit of one-third of tuition must be paid upon registration. In addition to these fees, students are responsible for the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence incurred in attending the workshops.