Professional Doctorate in Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course 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


    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 Online and based in France or the USA:

    ·        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.

    Why Choose a DBA Program?

    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

    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 GEM 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.



    500 + graduates / 1500+ intellectual contributions/ 25+ years doctoral experience/ GEM: DBA European pioneer


    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 an opportunity to launch or reinforce careers. Our DBA graduates 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.

    Program Structure

    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)

    Stage II: Thesis

    (18 to 24 months, part-time study)

    Visit the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) page on the Grenoble Ecole de Management website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    DBA program candidates are recruited from all over the world. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds—the sciences, humanities, and technical and engineering fields. Generally, they are high-level professionals, such as managers or executives with advanced degrees in business disciplines.

    We request a Master’s degree or equivalent, fluency in English and at least 5 years of managerial experience. For the application, we ask our candidates to write a preliminary research proposal.

    Visit the campus pages for full Admissions & Application requirements

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