International Doctoral Program

Doctorate in Business Administration

Management School (IAE)

Universté de Bordeaux

You have the opportunity to get exceptional knowledge doing a Professional Doctorate in Business Administration from the School of Management from the University of Bordeaux.

A World-Class Doctoral Program

The University of Bordeaux School of Business (IAE) offers the best Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) training in Europe, with a program designed for professionals and executives that is considered a path to PhD. The Bordeaux program integrates the theory and practice of real business issues, enabling participants to be proficient in applied research so they can make sound business and administrative decisions.

During the University of Bordeaux DBA, professionals are not only trained to solve simple management problems, but to learn how to generate advanced knowledge, either to solve problems or to understand the reasons behind a particular business phenomenon.


Prestigious University

The University of Bordeaux has been, throughout history, one of the most important European Universities.

Balance betwwen practice and theory

This DBA merges theory with real management issues, with results and practical knowledge.

Local and International

You have courses in your home country / region and Fast-Track seminars in Bordeaux.

A DBA where you can pick your topic

A DBA has a professional focus and differs from a classical PhD in some points. One of the major advantages is that instead of having to do a doctoral program in the research field of interest of the University professor, the doctorate students can choose the topic of interest in the management field and professors will help with their knowledge and expertise along with the student professional experience in his field, to produce a high quality and useful research.


Fast-Track in Bordeaux & seminars in selected global cities.

A series of DBA seminars are taught at different regions and countries such as Brazil (Rio de Janeiro & Brasilia), India, etc. Meetings usually take place (depending on the country) on one weekend per month.

The University of Bordeaux

Ranked among the top universities in Europe, the University of Bordeaux is recognized for the quality of its academic research and courses. Founded in 1441, the University of Bordeaux is home to over 50,000 students and almost 6,000 staff. The University also has the second largest campus in Europe.

IAE Bordeaux - The University of Bordeaux Management School

The Bordeaux Management School, which is part of the IAE (425,000 graduates since 1955), is the Business School of the University of Bordeaux. The Business School has over 50 full-time teachers, 39 researchers and over 300 professionals.


Professors & Experts






European Campus

Program Structure

Seminar topics include: Introduction to Management Research, Epistemology and Methodology, Management Theories, Research Practices and advanced management topics (entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, logistics, HR, business strategy, etc.).

1st Year

During the first year the Doctorate students have a series of advanced seminars focused on giving the basis for the elaboration of the foundation of their professional research. At the end of the first year, they will be able to present a robust research proposal.

Professors from Bordeaux travel abroad to teach, and students are expected at the end of the first year to spend 1-2 weeks in Bordeaux for a series of intensive seminars.

2nd Year

The second year is when the core of the research development.
A few additional seminars with specific focus (marketing, business strategy, etc) are usually taught abroad taking into consideration the research topics that are being developed.

3rd Year.

During the third year, the Doctorate students are finalising collecting and analysing the data and analysing the research results. At the end of the 3rd year, there will be a thesis defence at the University of Bordeaux.


After your successful presentation of your professional thesis, you will receive the University of Bordeaux Executive DBA Diploma.


Content of the Program cover four major areas:

1- Principles of research in management

The goal is to understand the quantitative and qualitative approaches initiated in the areas of marketing, accounting and control, corporate finance and market finance, human resources, strategy and organization, family business, entrepreneurship and project management

2- Epistemology and methodology

This series of seminars aims to train towards positivist, constructivist, quantitative, qualitative approaches and case studies that can constitute a research strategy in management sciences.

3- Research practices

Explore all major paradigms applied to the sciences of organizations. Address the complexity of an organization through the major transversal theories in management sciences (decision theory, systems theory, contract theory, neo-institutional theory, etc.)

4- Theoretical currents of management research

Evaluate and critically review current research projects. Explain how theory and empirical elements are embedded in the various currents in management sciences and explain the behavior of the actors of the organizations.


Here is the list of documents required:

  • CV - English, Español, Français, or Português.
  • Passaport ID.
  • Diplomas
  • Photo ID
  • Enrolment Form
  • Proof of payment
Please keep in mind that other documents may be requested such as, but not limited to, proof of insurance, English profiency test, etc.


The program has different fee types depending from where you live and if you follow the French program (subsided by the French State) or English International FT.

The international DBA fee is currently € 29.700 and can be paid into installments. It includes the international modules via Zoom, two weeks immersion at the University and optional meetings with selected University sites - global cities such as Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Cambridge, Jedha, or Delhi).

Cities and seminars changes from Cohor to Cohort.

If you are or intent to become French resident and wishes to follow the local program in French at the University of Bordeaux all three years long.

Around € 9.500 - € 10.000 for the e years


Application process and future Cohort

When it will be the next Cohort?

If you are interested in joinning, please contact the Coordination. You will aks to set up an interview and send your CV.
I would like to apply

Finish your application here if you have been interviewed and you have been approved


Frequently Asked Question

Please find below common questions about the program.

Only for the initial period specified in your terms of agreements. After the initial period of enrollment, there will be no refund.

This is a DBA program for professionals with a practical focus.Ph.Ds are more theorical in nature and DBA has to have a more practical focus.

It is a University Diploma from the University of Bordeaux.

There are additional year extra costs for the 4th.

No. If your citizenship requires a visa or special form entry type of validation, since this is a one-week seminar type event, you are not required to own a French visa.

Yes, it is mandatory and it has to be approved. This is a 3 year program. However, all candidates needs to be aware that a failure in a seminar of successful competion of the thesis presentation project or final presentation, will not allow the doctoral student to get the diploma.

The first year, the program is structure to guide the doctoral student to build his or her thesis dissertation project.

About the end of the first year, or at another designated date, a Dissertation Project is expected be present. and in case of failure. In order to continue the second and third year, the disseration project needs to be approved by the evaluating prohessors. If project is not approved, the program amount, if it has not been paid in full, is still due. The student can reapply in the following year, as a new candidate, but will not be able to follow the 2nd or 3rd year upon failure.

Meetings can be recorded at the discretion of each professor. The presence at the meetings are mandatory and such resource can be used only as a secondary option and also subject to technical availability.

Yes. Since the DBA program focuses on practical management topics of executive decision making, relevant work experience of 5 to 10 years is required.

More info?

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