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Study a DBA in France

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) offers a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) based entirely in France. DBA candidates have the opportunity to earn their degree in France and visit the Grenoble campus for each training workshop.

Who are we looking for?

This program was created for English speaking executives who wish to study in France.

Applicants come from a wide variety of countries and have different career backgrounds (sciences, humanities, technical and engineering fields, professionally qualified teachers in business schools, etc.).

A master's level degree and a high level of professional achievement are prerequisites for this program. A minimum of five years of professional experience is required.

Who will be your DBA supervisor?

Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from Grenoble Ecole de Management. 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.

Training workshops

Workshop schedule for 2018-2019*:

  • Workshop 1 -  Starting the DBA – Fundamentals in applied research (including research proposals presentation): 14-18 October 2019 - Grenoble
  • Workshop 2 – Research Design and Literature Review + Qualitative Research 1 : Data Collection  : 23-27 March 2020 - Grenoble 
  • Workshop 3 – Quantitative Research 1 : Data Collection & Experimental Design + Qualitative Research 2 : Data  Analysis + (including Literature review presentation): 30 Nov- 4 Dec 2020 - Grenoble 
  • Workshop 4 -  Quantitative Research 2 : Data Analysis  (including Stage 1 Assessment) 4- 7 Oct 2021 Grenoble
  • ARS Qualitative or Quantitative Research 3 : Advanced Data Analysis 3 days March 2022 Paris or other site

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.

Language Requirements

DBA workshops are conducted in English. Students whose first language is not English or who have not already studied successfully in an English-speaking environment will be required to provide evidence of advanced proficiency in English.

Acceptance to the program will be based on the following:

  • A preliminary interview with the Program Directors, in person or by video call/telephone call once all application materials have been received
  • Final decision made by an Admissions Board

Application deadlines

  • Session 1 – Application deadline : March 8, 2019
  • Session 2 – Application deadline : April 25, 2019
  • Session 3 – Application deadline : June 25, 2019
  • Session 4 – Application deadline : August 27, 2019
  • Session 5 – Application deadline : September 24, 2019

Required application documents

  • 2 references sent directly by the referees by email or in a sealed and signed envelope (1 from a business referee, 1 from an academic referee)
  • Certified copies of  transcripts and diplomas officially translated to English or French
  • A Statement of Purpose, in which the applicant states his or her motivations and how this is coherent  with their long-term career development plan
  • A preliminary Research Proposal, which gives indications of the applicant’s research interests and proposed area of research as well as any initial research plans
  • Language test scores if requested
  • CV
  • Other optional documents (publications ...)

Program Director

Vassili Joannides
04 76 70 64 47 
Doctoral School - Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard
38000 Grenoble - France

Program fees

Tuition fees for PART-TIME DBA PROGRAM 2018-2019

Year 1 € 17,000
Year 2 € 17,000
Year 3 € 13,000
Year 4 € 13,000
Additional year(s) € 13,000

(*) A deposit of one-third of tuition must be paid upon registration. In addition to these fees, students are responsible for the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence incurred in attending the workshops.

key figures

400 + graduates / 1400+ intellectual contributions/ 25+ doctoral experience/ GEM : DBA European pioneer