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Study a DBA in the USA

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


3-years, part-time, flexible with both online and on-site seminars, conferences, qualifying examinations and a final dissertation


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 Los Angeles. This part-time, online, executive doctoral program can be completed while working.

Excellence in Research:

In addition to our triple accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS), the DBA 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 by 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 USA Academic Director: Dr. Pierre-Yves Sanséau

A Word from the Academic Director:

"Our DBA USA program offers a unique combination of intellectual curiosity, world-class research, and professional accomplishment. Powered by one of the top Business Schools in Europe, this program boasts 28 years of experience and a vast alumni network of +500 graduates. Led by leading industry experts and international research faculty, this competitive program is both research-oriented and promotes strong contributions to managerial practice. Furthermore, during the DBA program, you will develop new relationships with peers also seeking the ultimate life challenge of the doctorate. I look forward to welcoming you to our unique DBA program!" - Prof. Pierre Yves Sanséau, Academic Director - DBA USA

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 or Los Angeles.

(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 15-19, 2021​ - ONLINE

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

    **Seminar 2: Research Design & Literature Review​
    March 18-20, 2022​ - LOS ANGELES

    **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 10-12, 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

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.


Apply Online

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). Reference 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 Start Date: November 15 
(please note that the DBA has one intake per year)

Program Fees

Year 1* $20,000 USD
Year 2* $20,000 USD
Year 3* $20,000 USD

*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 3 rounds of deadlines and will not be extended past July 8Contact 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.

Sallie Mae Loans: Private student loans for US citizens and residents.
Eligibility requirements
Sallie Mae Procedures
Private loan self-certification form

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Updated on 24 September 2021 at 12h05 pm