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Study a DBA in France

Join our 3-year part-time, executive DBA 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.

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.

Program Highlights

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:

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.

Academic Directors

Doctoral School Director: Dr. Vassili Joannidès de Lautour
DBA France 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

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.

(See dropdown menu for schedule)
  • *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 14-18, 2022 - GRENOBLE, FRANCE

    Online Workshop 1: Implementing the Research Proposal
    January 16, 2023 - ONLINE

    Research Proposal Submission
    March 1, 2023 - ONLINE

    **Seminar 2: Research Design & Literature Review
    March 21-24, 2023 - ONLINE

    **Seminar 3: Research Methods (Qualitative or Quantitative)
    October 9-13, 2023 - PARIS, FRANCE

    Online Workshop 2: Preparing the Dissertation Proposal
    December 4, 2023 - ONLINE

    Dissertation Proposal Submission
    February 1, 2024 - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 3: Preparing the Dissertation Proposal Defense
    February 19, 2024 - ONLINE

    Dissertation Proposal Defense
    March 4, 2024 - ONLINE

    Seminar 4: Advanced Research Methods (Qualitative or Quantitative)
    March 5-7, 2024 - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 4: The Road to Final Defence
    April 1, 2024 - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 5: Academic Writing Skills
    July 8, 2024 - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 6: Theoretical Contribution & Impact
    October 7, 2024 - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 7: Managerial Contribution & Impact
    February 10, 2025 - ONLINE

    Online Workshop 8: Communicating your Research
    June 23, 2025 - ONLINE

    Dissertation Submission (with greenlight from supervisor)
    October 31, 2025

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 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.


Apply Online

Please use our application system to provide your complete information.

Required Application Documents
- Research & Motivation Statement: 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). Reference are to be emailed to

Download Forms - 2022 Intake
- Research & Motivation Statement/application essay (download or access via application system)
- Reference form (download or access via application system)
- Program info & application guidelines

Rolling Application Deadlines*
Session 1: March 31, 2022
Session 2: June 30, 2022
Session 3: September 8, 2022

*Notification and acceptance packages are generally sent about two weeks after each deadline. 
Applications may be reviewed between sessions upon request and at the disposition of the admissions board.

Program Start Date: November 14, 2022 
(please note that the DBA has one intake per year)

Program Fees

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.

Financial Aid

Excellence & 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 2 rounds of deadlines and will not be extended past June 30Contact 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.


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.

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Updated on 18 July 2022 at 2h04 pm