Doing the DBA in Switzerland

genevaAt the end of 2007, Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble, France) and Webster University (Geneva, Switzerland), have combined forces to offer a unique Doctorate of Business Administration degree in Switzerland. The degree is delivered by Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Students’ profile

Recruitment for this program is mainly in Switzerland but also on a worldwide basis. Students come from a wide variety of career backgrounds. These may include: sciences, humanities and technical and engineering fields. Participants have generally attained a high level of professional achievement. They are typically managers or executives with advanced degrees in business disciplines or professionally qualified teachers in business schools.

Supervision of the doctoral students

Each DBA candidate is assigned a research-active professor from Grenoble Ecole de Management. The Supervisor brings a broad range of expertise and an international reputation in research on business innovation, technology management and the organisational dimensions of technological change.

Training workshops location

Workshops planning for 2014-2015 intake:

Training workshops organized during stage I are held in Grenoble and Geneva*. The pedagogical content and the organisation of the seminars are under the responsibility of Grenoble Ecole de Management. A pool of Grenoble Ecole de Management qualified professors has the responsibility of leading the research seminars.

  • Workshop 1: November 24-29, 2014 at Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
  • Workshop 2: March 20-22, 2015 at Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Workshop 3: June 19-21, 2015 at Webster University

  • Workshop 4: November 13-15, 2015 at Webster University

  • Workshop 5: March 18-20, 2016 at Webster University

  • Workshop 6: June 17-19, 2016 at Webster University

  • Workshop 7: To be determined in November, 2016 at Grenoble Ecole de Management

*Subject to change

Admission requirements

Academic qualifications

Candidates should have or expect to hold a Master's degree in management (MBA, MA, MSc or equivalent) or in a related discipline from a recognized institution.

Professional experience

Candidates should also have management experience of at least 5 years pre- or post-Master’s. Applicants without an appropriate Master’s level qualification may be considered if they have extensive business and professional experience.

Language requirements

The 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.

Program Director at Grenoble Ecole de Management

Dr. Michelle Mielly (+33 4 76 70 62 99)
Grenoble Ecole de Management
12 rue Pierre Sémard - BP 127
38003 GRENOBLE Cedex 01


The 2014-2015 program starts in November 2014.
Applications must be submitted to the Webster University (directly to Maureen Gisiger) by May 9, 2014.
Final acceptance to the program is the responsibility of Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Acceptance is based on:

An interview with the Program Director, in person or by telephone, and final validation by the Admission Board.

Please contact the following person in order to prepare your application:

DBA Program Assistant 

Ms. Maureen Gisiger 
+41 22 959 8057
15, route de Collex - 1293 Geneva, Switzerland

Tuition fees

The annual tuition for the Grenoble based program is currently 45 000€ (for 4 years) plus 8 000€ per additional year.

Tuition for part-time program 2014-2015
Year 1*  14 000 euros
Year 2*  13 000 euros
Year 3  10 000 euros
Year 4   8 000 euros
TOTAL COST   45 000 euros
Additional years (5+)   8 000 euros

(*): Students are responsible for the cost of travel, accommodation and food during the compulsory workshops.

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. The tuition fee is subject to change at any time upon written notice.

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