Doctorate of Business Administration, D.B.A. | Part time | Grenoble School of Management | Grenoble, France
36 months
17000 EUR/year
17000 EUR/year
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This DBA is a 3-year, part-time, professional doctoral program aimed at experienced managers who want to bring impact to their organization and/or society by leveraging academic research to solve concrete organizational problems. 

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

The degree is delivered by Grenoble Ecole de Management and the workshops take place in a hybrid format for the convenience of busy executives, at our partner campus in Los Angeles, California, or at our campuses in Paris and Grenoble, France.

The Grenoble Ecole de Management DBA is a part-time program aimed at experienced professionals who want to bring impact to their organization and/or society by leveraging academic research to solve concrete organizational problems.

Why a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Grenoble Ecole de Management?

  • Most experienced program in Europe with nearly 30 years of experience (founded in 1993)
  • A strong global network of over 550 alumni
  • Degree from top-ranked, research-centered, triple-accredited business school: EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB.
  • One of only 11 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. 
  • Includes personalized supervision from day 1
  • Online / On-site format adapted to busy executives 


Program Duration: Three years, part-time, primarily online (with both online and on-site seminars, conferences, qualifying examinations, and a final dissertation)

Entry Requirements: MBA / Master's degree + a minimum of five years of professional experience


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 a hybrid format with both Online & On-site in France & California.

  • DBA France cohort: Includes 2 in-person seminars in Paris & Grenoble
  • DBA USA cohort: Includes 3 in-person seminars Los Angeles, Paris, & Grenoble

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

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 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


  • This program is one of only 10 DBA programs in the world to be accredited by AMBA.
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management is a member of the Executive DBA Council (EDBAC)
  • As a triple-accredited business school (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS)

Programme Structure

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)


Your DBA Supervisor

Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from GEM or a partner institution. Our Faculty provides a wide range of expertise and an international reputation. The supervisor helps the student define and carry out a DBA research project until his or her final thesis defense.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Rolling Application Deadlines

- March 16, 2021 

- April 27, 2021

- June 3, 2021

- July 8, 2021

- August 25, 2021

- September 20, 2021




  • Self-paced, Semi-structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 36 months.

DBA France

Year 1* 17 000 €

Year 2* 17 000 €

Year 3* 16 000 €

Additional years (4+) 10 000 €


Year 1* $20,000 USD

Year 2* $20,000 USD

Year 3* $20,000 USD

Additional years (4+) $10,000 USD

Living costs for Grenoble

882 - 1220 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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

GI Bill and Sallie Mae loans available for US residents

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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