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Studying our Doctorate of Business Administration in the USA

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 campus in Burbank, California or in academic premises of our partner university in Manhattan, New York.


Burbank, California

  • In this doctor of business administration program, participants will attend their first introductory workshop in Grenoble. Most other workshops will be held in Burbank, CA. Please see schedule below.

    WS1 Starting the DBA – Fundamentals in applied research (including research proposals presentation)
    November 23 - 27, 2020 - Grenoble

    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)
    December 7 - 9, 2022 - Grenoble

Manhattan, New York

  • In this doctor of business administration program, participants will attend their first introductory workshop in Grenoble. Most other workshops will be held in New York. Please see schedule below.

    WS1 Starting the DBA – Fundamentals in applied research (including research proposals presentation)
    November 23 - 27, 2020 - Grenoble

    WS2 Research Design and Literature Review (15h)
    February 26 - 28, 2021 - Pace University

    WS3 Qualitative Research 1: Data Collection (18h)
    May 28 - 30, 2021 - Pace University

    WS4 Qualitative Research 2: Data Analysis (18h)
    October 8 - 10, 2021 - Pace University

    WS5 Quantitative Research 1: Data Collection and Experimental Design (15h)
    February 25 - 27, 2022 - Pace University

    WS6 Quantitative Research 2: Data Analysis (18h)
    May 27 - 29, 2022 - Pace University

    WS7 Advanced Research Seminar Qualitative or Quantitative Advanced Data Analysis 2 (14h) (including stage 1 assessment)
    December 7 - 9, 2022 - Grenoble

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

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.

Who will be your DBA supervisor?

Each DBA degree candidate is assigned a research-active professor from Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) or another accredited partner university.

Your DBA supervisor provides a broad range of expertise as well as an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organizational dimensions of technological change.

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. Students whose first language is not English and who have not already successfully studied in an English-speaking environment will be required to provide evidence of advanced proficiency 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.
An Admissions Board will make the final decision.

Application Dates

  • 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 ...)

Admissions contact

For questions and guidance in preparing the admissions process please contact the following person:
Claire Bourgeton
+33 4 56 80 66 80

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. 

See also

About the Executive DBA Council

More on the Woodbury campus (Burbank, California)