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Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA USA)

Join our 3-year, part-time, professional doctoral program designed for experienced managers program and make an impact through applied research.
With strategic locations in both France and California, the program is adapted to the busy lives of professionals and academics.

Are you interested in producing research that can significantly enhance current business practices or enact meaningful change? Earn a Doctorate of Business Administration from leading triple-accredited business school, Grenoble Ecole de Management. 

Our international DBA program focuses on high-quality research that bridges the gap between business and academia.

Designed for executives and professionals seeking to excel in applied research, this program offers participants the support necessary to publish scholarship that impacts business and society.

Participating in a world-class DBA program also opens new doors for professionals seeking to transition towards academic careers.

Come share with us your passion for solving real-world challenges.

Learn more about our program!

Program Highlights


3-years, part-time, flexible with both online and on-site seminars, conferences, qualifying examinations, and a final dissertation


Our program is followed mostly online with 3-4 in-person residencies throughout the program.

France: Paris & Grenoble
USA: Los Angeles

Excellence in Research:

In addition to our triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS), the DBA is an AACSB-recognized terminal degree for future faculty. With more than 1,400 intellectual contributions to business practices, our DBA alumni have created a significant impact in numerous fields.

A Global Community of Scholars:

With DBA locations in France and the USA, Grenoble Ecole de Management continues to build an active international network that includes more than 500+ DBA alumni.

A Program Made for Executives by Executives:

The DBA program is organized into seminars, conferences and research activities taking place mostly online. Coursework and content is delivered according to a part-time schedule that meets the needs and constraints of working professionals.

Dedicated Services for DBA Students:

- Statistical and specialized software
- Extensive e-library services
- Business and social sciences databases
- Online scholarly and professional journals

Faculty & Supervision

Our international faculty is comprised of industry experts and is strongly engaged in producing world-class research.
Benefit from the support of an experienced, research-active supervisor from Day 1 of the program.

The DBA Profile

This DBA is a 3-year, part-time, professional doctoral program aimed at experienced managers who want to bring impact to their organization and/or society by leveraging academic research to solve concrete organizational problems.

Program Structure

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program is divided into two phases:

Participants are invited to attend an introductory workshop at our home campus in Grenoble, France. All other workshops will be held mostly online for the convenience of busy executives with a workshop mid-program in Los Angeles.

This part-time, online with in-person residencies, executive doctoral program can be completed while working.

Academic Directors

Doctoral School Director: Dr. Vassili Joannidès de Lautour
DBA USA Academic Director: Dr. Pierre-Yves Sanséau

A Word from the Academic Director:

"Our DBA USA program offers a unique combination of intellectual curiosity, world-class research, and professional accomplishment. Powered by one of the top Business Schools in Europe, this program boasts 28 years of experience and a vast alumni network of +500 graduates. Led by leading industry experts and international research faculty, this competitive program is both research-oriented and promotes strong contributions to managerial practice. Furthermore, during the DBA program, you will develop new relationships with peers also seeking the ultimate life challenge of the doctorate. I look forward to welcoming you to our unique DBA program!" - Prof. Pierre Yves Sanséau, Academic Director - DBA USA

Learn more about our faculty: 
Faculty Directory  

Faculty Publications

Advance your executive or academic career 

500 + graduates / 1500+ intellectual contributions/ 28 year doctoral experience/ European pioneer

  • Understand state-of-the-art research in their fields of study;
  • Acquire the necessary understanding and expertise in methods and techniques for research design, data collection, and data analysis;
  • Conduct, write, and disseminate high-quality, doctoral-level research;
  • Achieve a greater level of effectiveness as a professional practitioner in managing technology, innovation, and change; and
  • Gain legitimacy as researchers and faculty members in both academic and non-academic environments

Admission Requirements

Admissions Criteria
- Master’s degree in management or related field (MBA, MA, MSc or equivalent)
- Five years of professional management experience (pre- or post-master’s)
- Advanced proficiency in academic English (reading & writing)

Scholarships / Financial Aid
Scholarships available for GEM alumni and early applicants, profile pending
Sallie Mae Loans: Private student loans for US citizens and residents.

For further information regarding admission, applications, and fees.

Grenoble Ecole de Management also offers a top-tier, full-time, PhD Business Management program. Find out more.

Updated on 13 May 2022 at 10h39 am