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Study a DBA in France

Grenoble Ecole de Management offers a top-tier, highly flexible, Part-time, Executive DBA, compatible with full-time employment. 
With strategic locations in both France and the USA, the flexible, online format of the program is adapted to the busy lives of executives and academics.

The DBA Profile

Recruitment for this doctoral business program is on a worldwide basis. Our doctorate in business students come from a wide variety of countries and career backgrounds. Students may have experience in various areas of study such as the sciences, humanities, 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 in business schools.

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

Training Seminars & Workshops

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.

  • *Program content and dates subject to change
    **Workshops may be adapted to a hybrid structure (offered both in-person and live online) depending on global travel conditions

    **Seminar 1: Introduction & Welcome
    November 15-19, 2021​ - GRENOBLE

    Online Workshop 1​: Implementing the Research Proposal​
    January 17, 2022 - ONLINE

    **Seminar 2: Research Design & Literature Review​
    March 22-25, 2022​ - ONLINE

    **Seminar 3: Research Methods (Qualitative or Quantitative)​
    October 10-14, 2022​ - PARIS

    Online Workshop 2: Preparing the Dissertation Proposal
    December 5, 2022 - ONLINE​

    Online Workshop 3: Preparing the Dissertation Proposal Defense
    February 20, 2023 - ONLINE

    Seminar 4: Advanced Research Methods​ (Qualitative or Quantitative)​
    March 7-9, 2023​ - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 4: The Road to Final Defense​
    April 3, 2023​ - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 5: ​Academic Writing Skills​
    July 10, 2023 - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 6: Theoretical Contribution & Impact​ ​
    October 9, 2023 – 5pm​​ - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 7: Managerial Contribution & Impact​
    February 12, 2024 - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 8: Communicating your Research​
    June 24, 2024 - ONLINE

Academic Director - DBA France

Dima Louis
Doctoral School - Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard
38000 Grenoble - France

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.

Learn more about our faculty: 
Faculty Directory 

Faculty Publications

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 degree.

Language Requirements
- All of the DBA workshops are conducted in English.
- GMAT or other English tests are not requested, however, English abilities will be evaluated by the Program Director during the interview.

Acceptance to the Program
- Acceptance will be based on a preliminary interview with the Program Directors, in person or by video call/telephone call once all application materials have been received.
- Final decision will be made by an Admissions Board.


Please use our application system to provide your complete information.

Required Application Documents
- Research manifesto: present your research proposal and your motivations to join the program. 
- Updated CV
- Copies of diplomas and transcripts
- 2 references (when possible 1 academic/1 business referee). References are to be emailed to

Download Forms
Research manifesto (download or access via application system)
Reference form (download or access via application system)
Program info & application guidelines

Rolling Application Deadlines*
- March 16, 2021 
- April 29, 2021
- June 3, 2021
- July 8, 2021

- September 2, 2021
- September 30, 2021

*Notification and acceptance packages are generally sent about two weeks after each deadline. 

Program Fees

Year 1* 17 000 €
Year 2* 17 000 €
Year 3* 16 000 €

*A deposit of one-third of the (first year) 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.
Additional fees apply to 4+ years.


Merit & Topic-based scholarships: available for early applicants upon request, profile pending. Priority given to early applicants. Scholarship essay must be sent along with application. Offer applies to first 3 rounds of deadlines and will not be extended past July 8. Contact us for details.

Alumni scholarship: If you are GEM alumni (BIB, MSc, PGE, MIB, MBA), we offer a special discount on the DBA tuition fees.

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Updated on 12 July 2021 at 2h42 pm