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.

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 on a worldwide basis. Our DBA students come from a wide variety of countries and career backgrounds. Students may have experience in various areas of study such as sciences, humanities, and technical and engineering fields. Applicants have usually attained a high level of professional achievement and are either managers and executives with advanced degrees in business disciplines or professionally qualified instructors who work at business schools.

WHO will be your DBA SUPERVISor?

Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from GEM or an accredited partner university. Your DBA supervisor provides a broad range of expertise as well as an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organizational dimensions of technological change.

Training Workshops: When and where?

For the most part, workshops are held at the partner university. In this DBA program, participants will attend their first introductory workshop at GEM in Grenoble and the rest of the workshops will be held at California State University, Northridge. 

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 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 and who have not already successfully studied 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 2015/2016 program starts on November 23, 2015. Applications must be submitted through the online application process for any session listed below and no later than September 2, 2015.
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 2, 2015
  • Session 2 application deadline: April 2, 2015
  • Session 3 application deadline: June 2, 2015
  • Session 4 application deadline: September 2, 2015


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

Program Director

Dr. Valérie Sabatier
Doctoral School
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 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

(*): 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.