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Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA France)

Join our 3-year part-time, online DBA program and make an impact through applied research.
With strategic locations in both France and the California, the program is adapted to the busy lives of executives 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.

Program Highlights


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


France: Paris & Grenoble
USA: Los Angeles

Excellence in Research:

In addition to our triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS), this his top, accredited doctoral degree 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 part-time program aimed at experienced professionals 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 Paris.

This part-time, online, executive doctoral program can be completed while working.

Academic Directors

Doctoral School Director: Dr. Vassili Joannidès de Lautour
DBA USA Academic Director: Dr. Dima Louis

A Word from the Academic Director:

"The DBA journey is a life-changing and transforming experience. You will develop research, professional and personal skills that will allow you to make intellectual contributions to your field of research, and make a real managerial, organizational, and/or societal impact. You will learn from, and engage with our international research faculty members, in addition to developing long-lasting relationships with other students and members of our global alumni network. As a proud GEM DBA graduate myself, the DBA transformed my career and changed the way I approach both managerial and societal issues. I look forward to welcoming you to our DBA program, and to be part of your unique DBA journey". - Prof. Dima Louis, Academic Director - DBA France

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 23 September 2021 at 3h11 pm