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Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

Program duration
Four years (part-time with seminars, conferences, qualifying examinations and a final dissertation)
Degree level
Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
Entry requirements
Master's degree + at least five years of professional experience
Full program fees
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This program is one of nine DBA programs in the world to be accredited by AMBA.

The DBA program at Grenoble Ecole de Management is the oldest DBA in Europe. It offers senior managers, independent consultants, and academics the opportunity to leverage their careers and/or to make a transition into academia. The DBA is a program for those seeking to link corporate experience to rigorous and relevant research. It connects the business and research communities to enact change and foster progress through original and publishable research work.

As a triple-accredited business school (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS), Grenoble Ecole de Management has designed a program that fits executives’ needs with the highest quality standards: we see the DBA program as a true research-based degree. From Day 1, participants start working on their research, and the program is designed to ensure that students carry out long-term research projects that are highly relevant to management practice and are based on up-to-date scientific knowledge.

The content of the workshops focuses on development of research methods. All applicants have managerial expertise and a Master’s/MBA degree; therefore, the courses do not repeat the content of MBA studies. Our DBA approach leads to intellectual contributions, as demonstrated by our students’ and graduates’ outstanding publication records.


The Grenoble DBA is delivered in various locations thanks to partnerships and joint degree programs with business schools around the world. The programs are presently offered in the following locations:

DBA in France

DBA USA Los Angeles

  DBA USA New-York City 

Regardless of the location, the content is the same and participants who successfully complete the program are awarded a Grenoble DBA degree.

Pierre-Yves SANSEAU

Why choose a DBA Program?

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

DBA Program organization; from workshops to thesis.

  • Philosophy, Methods and Tools (18 to 24 months)

    DBA students start by learning methods and techniques for research design, data collection, and data analysis in order to conduct, analyze, author, and publish research that meets doctoral standards. Students complete a series of four to six research training workshops that are held in Grenoble and partner countries.

    Between workshops, students prepare a detailed research thesis proposal, complete a pilot study, and perform individual research and research fieldwork under the direction of doctoral supervisors. In order to proceed to Stage II, students are required to produce three pieces of written work. These include:

    • An extended research proposal (1,500 to 4,000 words);
    • A comprehensive publishable literature review (5,000 to 20,000 words); and
    • A preliminary thesis (15,000 to 30,000 words).

    Successful completion of Stage I leads to the awarding of the Certificate in Research in Management Sciences.

  • The DBA research and thesis portion of the program consists primarily of individual research under the supervision of a qualified professor who has an international reputation in technology management, business innovation, and organizational change management and provides a broad range of subject-area expertise.

    The DBA thesis should exhibit substantial evidence of original scholarship that meets publishing standards and provides useful managerial recommendations.

    DBA candidates are required to show their ability to conduct original investigations; test, apply, and examine their own and others’ ideas ; and understand the relationship between their themes and wider fields of knowledge.

    Candidates may be required to identify current issues and apply relevant theories for problem solving.

Who will be your DBA supervisor? 

Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from Grenoble Ecole de Management or a partner institution. Our Faculty provides 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.

Faculty who supervise doctoral students at Grenoble Ecole de Management have the opportunity to work with candidates who have met our demanding selection criteria. These students are often given privileged access to top-tier research in the fields of business and organizations, which provides them exciting opportunities for high-impact, novel research and joint publications.

Take a look at our Faculty Directory.

400 + graduates / 1400+ intellectual contributions/ 25+ doctoral experience/ GEM : DBA 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 practitioners in managing technology, innovation, and change; and
    • Gain legitimacy as researchers and faculty members in both academic and non-academic environments

The DBA program at GEM offers senior managers, independent consultants, and senior academics the opportunity to leverage their careers and/or to make a transition into the highest levels of academia. The DBA is a degree for those seeking to link corporate experience to rigorous and relevant research. The DBA acts as a lever for rewarding careers. For students and graduates, there is the opportunity to launch or reinforce careers with an academic colouration. Our DBAs hold full-time and part-time faculty positions in accredited schools and share their experiences through pedagogy and research. Those working in commercial or public organizations benefit from new legitimacy as recognized experts in their fields.

    • Pennsylvania State University
      Temple University Fox School of Business
      Menlo College
      California State University, Fresno
      Brooklyn College
      Central Michigan University
      Bridgewater College, Virginia
      University of North Georgia
      Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University
      Lebanese American University
      Kaiser University
      University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
      CalPoly Pomona School of Hospitality Management
      California State University Channel Islands
      UNC Kenan-Flager Business School

    • MD Anderson Cancer Center
      Barcelo hotels
      Southland Industries
      Wet Design
      Goldman Sachs
      Air Liquide
      Schneider Electrics
      Veritas International

DBA program candidates are recruited from all over the world. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds—the sciences, humanities, and technical and engineering fields. Generally, they are high-level professionals, such as managers or executives with advanced degrees in business disciplines. 

We request a Master’s degree or equivalent, fluency in English and at least 5 years of managerial experience. For the application, we ask our candidates to write a preliminary research proposal.

DBA Impact

Our DBA students’ research influences managerial and organizational milieus at the highest level. Each student’s thesis includes a chapter dedicated to the managerial implications of their doctoral research and offers relevant recommendations for organizations to overcome key challenges.

DBA students and graduates are encouraged to share their results and findings with the widest possible audience in order to inform and engage with their peers, organizations, and communities.

With a strong focus on dissemination to business and academic audiences, the combination of relevance and rigor in our DBA research supports our reputation in the management of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.