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Doctorate of Business Administration - DBA

Grenoble Ecole de Management
Program overview
3 yrs part-time / remote with workshops Online, Paris, Grenoble, & Los Angeles
Part time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
Start dates

Los Angeles

Program description

Grenoble Ecole de Management offers a unique Executive Doctorate of Business Administration degree in both France and the USA.

The degree is delivered by GEM and the workshops take place primarily Online for the convenience of busy executives, at our partner campus in Los Angeles, California, or at our campuses in Paris and Grenoble, France

Why the GEM DBA?

  • Oldest program in Europe with nearly 30 years of experience
  • Strong global network of over 500 alumni
  • Degree from top-ranked, triple-accredited business school
  • One of only 10 DBA programs in the world to be accredited by AMBA
  • Member of EDBAC (Executive DBA Council)
  • Accompanied by International Subject Matter Experts. Faculty strongly engaged in producing world-class research
  • Online, flexible format – adapted to busy executives

Doctorate of Business Administration - DBA

The DBA program at Grenoble Ecole de Management is the oldest DBA in Europe. It offers senior managers, independent consultants, and academics the opportunity to leverage their careers and/or to make a transition into academia. The DBA is a program for those seeking to link corporate experience to rigorous and relevant research. It connects the business and research communities to enact change and foster progress through original and publishable research work.

As a triple-accredited business school (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS), Grenoble Ecole de Management has designed a program that fits executives’ needs with the highest quality standards: we see the DBA program as a true research-based degree. From Day 1, participants start working on their research, and the program is designed to ensure that students carry out long-term research projects that are highly relevant to management practice and are based on up-to-date scientific knowledge.

The content of the workshops focuses on the development of research methods. All applicants have managerial expertise and a Master’s/MBA degree; therefore, the courses do not repeat the content of MBA studies. Our DBA approach leads to intellectual contributions, as demonstrated by our students’ and graduates’ outstanding publication records.


The Grenoble DBA is delivered in various locations thanks to partnerships and joint degree programs with business schools around the world. The programs are presently offered in the following locations:

  • DBA France: Paris & Grenoble

  • DBA USA: Los Angeles

Regardless of the location, the content is the same and participants who successfully complete the program are awarded a Grenoble Ecole de Management DBA degree.

DBA Impact

Our DBA students’ research influences managerial and organizational milieus at the highest level. Each student’s thesis includes a chapter dedicated to the managerial implications of their doctoral research and offers relevant recommendations for organizations to overcome key challenges.

DBA students and graduates are encouraged to share their results and findings with the widest possible audience in order to inform and engage with their peers, organizations, and communities.

With a strong focus on dissemination to business and academic audiences, the combination of relevance and rigor in our DBA research supports our reputation in the management of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The GEM DBA enables students to:

  • Understand state-of-the-art research in their fields of study;
  • Acquire the necessary understanding and expertise in methods and techniques for research design, data collection, and data analysis;
  • Conduct, write, and disseminate high -quality-doctoral-level research;
  • Achieve a greater level of effectiveness as a professional practitioner in managing technology, innovation, and change; and
  • Gain legitimacy as researchers and faculty members in both academic and non-academic environments

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Admission requirements

Master's degree + at least five years of professional experience

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Program content

The Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program is divided into two stages:

Stage I: Training in Doctoral Reseach in Management Sciences

Philosophy, Methods and Tools (18 to 24 months, part-time study)

DBA students start by learning methods and techniques for research design, data collection, and data analysis in order to conduct, analyze, author, and publish research that meets doctoral standards. Students complete a series of research training workshops that are held in Online, in France, or in the United States.

Between workshops, students prepare a detailed research thesis proposal, complete a pilot study, and perform individual research and research fieldwork under the direction of doctoral supervisors. In order to proceed to Stage II, students are required to produce three pieces of written work. These include:

  • An extended research proposal (1,500 to 4,000 words);
  • A comprehensive publishable literature review (5,000 to 20,000 words); and
  • A preliminary thesis (15,000 to 30,000 words).

Successful completion of Stage I leads to the awarding of the Certificate in Research in Management Sciences.

Stage II: Thesis (18 to 24 months, part-time study)

The DBA research and thesis portion of the program consists primarily of individual research under the supervision of a qualified professor who has an international reputation in technology management, business innovation, and organizational change management and provides a broad range of subject-area expertise.

The DBA thesis should exhibit substantial evidence of original scholarship that meets publishing standards and provides useful managerial recommendations.

DBA candidates are required to show their ability to conduct original investigations; test, apply and examine their own and others’ ideas; and understand the relationship between their themes and wider fields of knowledge.

Candidates may be required to identify current issues and apply relevant theories for problem-solving.

Scholarships & funding

-Early bird / Merit-based scholarship: available for early applicants upon requestion, profile pending. Maximum deadline July 8, 2021 - priority given to early applicants.

-Alumni scholarship: If you are GEM alumni (BIB, MSc, PGE, MIB, MBA), we offer a special discount on the DBA tuition fees.

- US Veterans scholarships available.

Please contact us for more information.

Program delivery

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

Tuition fees

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Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)

Career opportunities

The DBA program at GEM offers senior managers, independent consultants, and senior academics the opportunity to leverage their careers and/or to make a transition into the highest levels of academia. The DBA is a degree for those seeking to link corporate experience to rigorous and relevant research. The DBA acts as a lever for rewarding careers. For students and graduates, there is the opportunity to launch or reinforce careers with an academic colouration. Our DBAs hold full-time and part-time faculty positions in accredited schools and share their experiences through pedagogy and research. Those working in commercial or public organizations benefit from new legitimacy as recognized experts in their fields.

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GEM Ranks 25th in the Financial Times European Business Schools 2019 Ranking

GEM Ranks 25th in the Financial Times European Business Schools 2019 Ranking GEM is triple-accredited (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS): Among top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold this distinction Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) has earned both national and international recognition. More...

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Grenoble Ecole de Management

12 rue Pierre Sémard
38000 Grenoble

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