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Ph.D in Business Administration

Ph.D in Business Administration

Practical Information

Program duration

4 to 5 years FULL TIME based in Grenoble, France (Phase 1: 2 years) (Phase 2: 2 to 3 years

Entry requirements

Bachelor (Master degree is a plus) / GMAT or GRE or TAGE MAGE test required / English test (TOEFL or TOEIC)

Degree level


Full program fees

€ 9000 (year 1 and 2) € 3000 (from the third year). Admitted candidates typically receive a tuition waver and a monthly assistantship stipend.


“The PhD program at Grenoble Ecole de Management aims at educating scholars who will become faculty members in leading international business schools or universities. It is a 4-year full-time program, designed to ensure that students are involved very early on in research and develop a solid publication record during their PhD studies.

We believe that the following characteristics make our program special and will help our graduates get attractive academic positions in leading international business schools:

  •  We offer an extensive training in up-to-date methods and theories. We believe that the PhD is the time to acquire the methodological tools and theoretical perspectives that will serve as a basis for a successful academic career. Formal training is completed by regular research seminars, in which leading experts from GEM or other universities present and discuss their latest research results.
  • We believe in quality not quantity. Our program is small, ensuring that doctoral students receive high quality supervision.
  • Our program is very hands-on. From Day 1, PhD students are part of a specific research group and start working on research projects with faculty. At the end of their first year, they write their first paper and typically present it at leading conferences, sometimes even publish it in a journal.
  •  Our program focuses on international publications. Doctoral theses at GEM follow the so-called “3-paper” model. A dissertation therefore consists of 3 independent but related academic papers, which are typically submitted (possibly even already published), in leading academic journals. This ensures that students are best prepared for their future career as academics.
  •  We support our PhD students’ research: we have an experimental lab with 14 isolated cubicles, a subject pool, a well-functioning library, and a generous support of PhD student attendance of conferences and doctoral consortia. Our doctoral students are normally fully funded, either from GEM (tuition waiver and assistantship) or externally.
  • Our program is inherently international. The program is entirely in English, faculty and PhD students come from every continent. We have contacts with many universities and research institutes worldwide and PhD students can benefit from these contacts through common projects and interventions done by visiting professors. We encourage our PhD students to spend time as visiting PhDs in partner institutions. Finally, our PhD students have the opportunity to teach in English in our international undergraduate and graduate programs.
  •  Our faculty is very successful academically and exceptionallydynamic. The quality of our work and the academic level of the faculty are reflected in the accreditations we hold (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA). Just as importantly, people at GEM do not rest on their laurels; they are always looking for the next challenge and trying to get better. An innovation culture permeates the entire school, not only our research topics.
  • GEM has excellent contacts to industry, especially high tech industries. We are part of GIANT one of the most ambitious scientific projects in Europe. This gives us access to exciting projects in areas such as nanotechnologies, bio technologies, and alternative energies. Companies and consumers face new challenges in these areas, requiring new methods of study and new theories, and our research can help shaping the future.
  • Grenoble is a wonderful place to live and study. It is not only a University town, but also a scientific and industrial town – people choose to stay to work there after their studies. There is a large and very active international community. The town is literally at the foot of the French Alps, offering countless possibilities for outdoor activities. It is also a few hours away from Geneva, Italy, Paris, or the Mediterranean, with easy train connections in all directions.

While it is difficult to put it in words, I hope to have given you a better feeling about what makes our PhD program special. Please also take a look at what our own PhD students say about the program.”

Corinne Faure, PhD
Director of the PhD program
Professor of Marketing


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Nadège Friess
+33 (0) 476 706 513

Program Director

Corinne Faure
+ 33 (0) 4 56 80 66 13

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