Study a joint DBA in France or in Italy

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna have joined forces to offer a joint Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). DBA candidates now have the opportunity to earn their degree in France and Italy thanks to this combination of a top-ranked French business school and an Italian university known for its excellence.


  • 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


This program was created for English speaking executives who wish to study in France or Italy.

Applicants come from a wide variety of countries and have different career backgrounds (sciences, humanities, technical and engineering fields, professionally qualified teachers in business schools, etc.).

A master's level degree and a high level of professional achievement are prerequisites for this program. A minimum of five years of professional experience is required.


Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from GEM or Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. Faculty from these two schools provide a wide range of expertise and an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organizational dimensions of technological change. The supervisor helps the student define and carry out a DBA research project until his or her final thesis defense.


Workshop schedule for 2015-2016*:

  • Workshop n°1: November 16-20, 2015, Grenoble
  • Workshop n°2: April 18-22, 2016, Grenoble
  • Workshop n°3: November 14-18, 2016, Grenoble
  • Workshop n°4: April 3-7, 2017, Pisa

*Subject to change.

ADMISSIONS 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

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


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:

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. Michel Polski
+33 4 76 70 61 96
Doctoral School - Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard - BP 127
38003 GRENOBLE Cedex 01 - FRANCE


Tuition fees

Year 1 € 15,000
Year 2 € 14,000
Year 3 € 11,000
Year 4 € 9,000
Additional year(s) € 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.