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Studying our Doctorate of Business Administration in Istanbul, Turkey

Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) offers a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) based in Istanbul, Turkey, with 41 North Business School .

View the Doctorate of Business Administration on the 41 North web site.

Who are we looking for?

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 also 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 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 2019-2020*:

  • Workshop 1 Starting the DBA – Fundamentals in applied research (including research proposals presentation) - 14-18 October 2019 with DBA France – Grenoble
  • Workshop 2 Research Design and Literature Review + Qualitative Research 1 : Data Collection - 30 March -3 April 2020 – Istanbul
  • Workshop 3 Quantitative Research 1 : Data Collection & Experimental Design + Qualitative Research 2 : Data  Analysis + (including Literature review presentation) - 7-11 Dec 2020 – Istanbul
  • Workshop 4 Quantitative Research 2 : Data Analysis  (including Stage 1 Assessment) - 4- 7 Oct 2021 with DBA France – Grenoble
  • ARS Qualitative or Quantitative Research 3 : Advanced Data Analysis - 3 days March 2022 – Istanbul

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 fees

Tuition fees for Part-Time DBA Program 2018-2019

  • Year 1: € 17,000
  • Year  : € 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.

Program Director

Caroline Gauthier
04 76 70 62 60 
Doctoral School - Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard
38000 Grenoble – France


Susanne Hansen Saral
DBA Admissions Coordinator