With strategic locations in both France and California, the program is adapted to the busy lives of professionals and academics.
Our international DBA program focuses on high-quality research that bridges the gap between business and academia.
Designed for senior managers, consultants, and academics 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.
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.
The DBA France program from Grenoble is comprised of international cohort and is designed for seeking to expand their global network. Participants are invited to join our DBA USA cohort for three of the on-campus seminars in Grenoble & Paris, France. Online workshops & supervision are optimized for international schedules. This part-time, online, executive doctoral program can be completed while working.
Excellence in Research:
In addition to our triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS), this 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. Our DBA is one of only 11 programs globally to be accredited by AMBA.
A Global Community of Scholars:
With DBA locations in France and the USA and 30 years of DBA experience, Grenoble Ecole de Management continues to build an active international network that includes more than 550 DBA alumni.
A Program Made for Experienced Managers:
The DBA program is organized into seminars, workshops, and research activities taking place on campus and online. Coursework and content are 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.
Doctoral School Director: Prof. Vassili Joannidès de Lautour
DBA France Academic Director: Prof. Dima Louis
A Word from the Academic Director
Learn more about our faculty:
The Grenoble DBA program has a strong emphasis on Research Methodology. The curriculum allows students to tailor the program to their specific interests and career goals.
Required coursework includes (3) On-Campus Research Seminars, (1) Online Research Seminar, (8) Online Workshops, and is marked by qualifying deliverables and milestones over three years. Two of the on-campus seminars and all of the online workshops are held with our DBA USA cohort, allowing for excellent networking opportunities.
Download the Schedule for the DBA France 2023 Intake
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Program Schedule for 2023 Intake
Seminar 1: Welcome & Introduction
November 13 - 17, 2023 - GRENOBLE, FRANCE
Workshop 1: Implementing the Research Proposal
January 15, 2024 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time)
Research Proposal Submission
March 11, 2024 - ONLINE SUBMISSION
Seminar 2: Research Design & Literature Review
March 19 - 22, 2024 - ONLINE
Literature Review Submission
September 13, 2024 - ONLINE SUBMISSION
Seminar 3: Research Methods (Qualitative or Quantitative)
October 7 - 11, 2024 - PARIS, FRANCE
Workshop 2: Prepare Dissertation Proposal
December 2, 2024 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time)
Dissertation Proposal Submission
March 14, 2025 - ONLINE SUBMISSION
Workshop 3: Preparing Dissertation Proposal Defense
February 17, 2025 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time)
Dissertation Proposal Defense
April 22, 2025 - GRENOBLE, FRANCE
Seminar 4: Advanced Research Methods (Qualitative or Quantitative)
March 4 - 6, 2025 - GRENOBLE, FRANCE
Workshop 4: The Road to Final Defence
May 19, 2025 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time)
Workshop 5: Academic writing skills
July 7, 2025 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time)
Workshop 6: Theoretical Contribution & Impact
October 6, 2025 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time)
Workshop 7: Managerial Contribution & Impact
February 9, 2026 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time)
Workshop 8: Communicating your Research
June 22, 2026 - ONLINE - 5pm-7pm (Paris-time)
Thesis submission (greenlight from supervisor)
October 30, 2026
Program content subject to change.
- 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.
- Candidates should have at least five years of professional managerial experience either pre- or post-master's degree.
- 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 Academic Director during the interview.
Acceptance to the Program
- Acceptance will be based on a preliminary interview with the Academic Director, in person or by video call/telephone call once all application materials have been received.
- Final decision will be made by an Admissions Board.
The application platform for the 2023 intake will be made available from January 2023. Templates and guidelines can be found on the application platform. Questions? Contact us.
Please use our application system to provide your complete information.
Required Application Documents
- Preliminary Research Proposal
- Motivational letter
- Updated CV
- Copies of diplomas and transcripts
- 2 references (when possible 1 academic/1 business referee). References are to be emailed to email@example.com
Forms / Guidelines - 2023 Intake
- Forms and guidelines are available via the application system.
Rolling Application Deadlines
We have rolling application deadlines to allow for the Admissions Board to review candidatures on a monthly basis.
• Session 1: February 21
• Session 2: March 21
• Session 3: April 18
• Session 4: May 23
• Session 5: June 21 (Scholarship Deadline)
• Session 6: August 22
Notification and acceptance packages are generally sent about two weeks after each deadline.
Program Start Date: November 13, 2023
(please note that the DBA has one intake per year)
DBA France – 50K € for 3 years:
|Year 1*||17 000 €|
|Year 2*||17 000 €|
|Year 3*||16 000 €|
*A deposit of 50% 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.
Financing your DBA
The DBA is a self-financed program. The tuition fees are divided into yearly payments for your convenience. We are a part-time, executive-level program and do not offer full-ride scholarships. We do, however, offer modest scholarships to early applicants based on their overall application and motivational essay.
Talking to Your Employer about Sponsorship
For many students, obtaining sponsorship from their organization is an option. Discuss with your employer how your enhanced skills and project goals could align with your company’s objectives.
Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding, self-funded applicants. The scholarships are in the amount of 5k euros total, divided over the 3-year program.
To apply for the scholarship, please submit a one-page essay explaining why you would benefit from the scholarship and how the subject will contribute to your field and/or society. The scholarship request must be submitted along with your application documents for our Admissions board to review. Scholarships may be offered to early applicants only and not past June 19.
Alumni: If you are a Grenoble Ecole de Management alumni (BIB, MSc, PGE, MIB, MBA), we offer a special discount on the DBA tuition fees. Contact us for information.
Please note that the DBA is a part-time program. Student visas are not required nor can we assist you with issuing a student visa. If you require a travel visa to attend the first seminar, please apply early.