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Study a DBA in Los Angeles

Grenoble Ecole de Management offers a unique Executive Doctorate of Business Administration degree in the USA.The degree is delivered by Grenoble Ecole de Management and most of the workshops take place at Woodbury University campus in Los Angeles, California.

Who are we looking for?

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 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 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.

A Word from the Program Director

  • Our DBA program in Los Angeles is a unique combination of intellectual curiosity, world-class research  and professional accomplishment. This program is powered by one of the top Business Schools in Europe. Grenoble Ecole de Management is part of the 1% business schools triply accredited worldwide (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) and its program is part of the only 9 AMBA DBA accredited program in the world! This program is delivered on Woodbury University campus in Burbank (Los Angeles) at the core of a vibrant renowned city illustrated by motion, emotion and  innovation. Our DBA program offers true affordability alongside 27 years of experience, + 400 graduated students, and the perfect balance between a research oriented program and strong contributions to managerial practice. The program offers professionals the opportunity to take weekend seminars in California with Grenoble’s top research faculty, all the while developing new relationships with peers also seeking the ultimate life challenge of the doctorate. I look forward to welcoming you to our unique DBA program!

Training Workshops

In this doctor of business administration program, participants will attend their both the introductory workshop and the final workshop in Grenoble. All other workshops will be held in Los Angeles, California.

  • WS1 Starting the DBA – Fundamentals in applied research (including research proposals presentation)
    October 12-16, 2020 - ONLINE

    WS2 Research Design and Literature Review (15h)
    March 5 - 7, 2021 - Woodbury University

    WS3 Qualitative Research 1: Data Collection (18h)
    June 4 - 6, 2021 - Woodbury University

    WS4 Qualitative Research 2: Data Analysis (18h)
    October 15 - 17, 2021 - Woodbury University

    WS5 Quantitative Research 1: Data Collection and Experimental Design (15h)
    March 4 - 6, 2022 - Woodbury University

    WS6 Quantitative Research 2: Data Analysis (18h)
    June 3 - 5, 2022 - Woodbury University

    WS7 Advanced Research Seminar Qualitative or Quantitative Advanced Data Analysis 2 (14h) (including stage 1 assessment)
    November 30 - December 2, 2022 - Grenoble

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.

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.

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.

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
  • CV
  • Other optional documents (publications ...)

Application Dates

  • April 2, 2020
  • May 14, 2020
  • June 25, 2020
  • September 10, 2020

Program Director

Program Fees

Year 1*

$ 19,500
Year 2* $ 19,500
Year 3 $ 15,000
Year 4 $ 15,000
Additional years (5+) $ 15,000

(*): A deposit of one-third of the 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. 

More on the Woodbury campus (Los Angeles, California)

Grenoble Ecole de Management is a member of the Executive DBA Council.