What is a DBA?

The Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree is a research doctorate that focuses on business practices and is deeply rooted in professional applied practice. It’s a 3years program

A DBA is a gold card to executive positions across a wide spectrum of global business fields

Who is the DBA for?

Outstanding Managers, Professionals with successful careers and Senior executives; looking to make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in their area of expertise and transmission of experience.

With this very high level diploma, IAE Nice seeks to impact the management profession by offering high-quality learning to senior executives from around the world. Our programs are designed and delivered by researchers and practitioners with close ties to the international business community.

A hallmark of DBA Nice is the dedication to the individual development of each participant in our programs. We support them to conceptualize their knowledge and acquired experience in the form of professional PhD.

We do this by fostering a culture of learning, and by placing the professional and personal development of all students and program participants at the center of our concerns. 

Why Choose the Executive DBA?

The DBA is designed to fit the demanding lifestyle of executives and professionals

If you are looking to boost your career, then the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration is the program for you.

The DBA experience challenges you to sharpen your critical and analytical expertise. You will develop your research skills to become an expert in your field with a proven ability to think outside of the box. 


  • Go deeper on fundamental acquired in sciences of management, marketing or Finance and train student in the expectations of the market,
  • Give you the ability to take your career to the next level and gain more than expertise in Business Administration
  •  Acquire lifelong tools to achieve your ambitions and dreams.
  • Conduct a research project on a specific business topic or professional experience
  • Enhance your leadership potential by Business Games
  • Develop a dynamics of networking at the students.

Key Points (Strengths)

  • Applied research tailored to your background and career goals with high level of supervisory
  • Small class size: Cohorts are composed of a maximum 18 students per major, 70% of the Faculty members are hands-on business practitioners.
  • Courses are scheduled 1 weekend per month from October to June
  • Mostly distance work, You can Continue to work and study
  • International Faculty of academics and leading professionals
  • Support in the construction of Your professional project


The candidates are pre-selected on the basis of the following 3 cumulative criteria:

  • Necessary pre-requisite to be eligible: to have been awarded a 4-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (240 ECTS Credits or 120 US Credits)
  • Academic results and distinctions
  • Quality of professional project

Following examination of the application, pre-selected candidates will be interviewed.

Candidates in continuing education: must hold a degree equivalent to 4 years of higher education and have at least 5 years professional experience, and must satisfy specific application criteria (2 years of study interruption, have a salary, individual leave of absence for education…..). They should contact ASURE Formation for further details about the application process and the validation of prior job experience (VAE/VAP).


The fees are composed of: 

  • National fees 
    Set by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. All students must pay these national fees. The exact amount is published by the Ministry in mid-July.
  • Social Security contribution 
    Must be paid by French and foreign nationalities (excluding EU) who are aged less than 28 on 1st October. The following are exonerated: students from EU countries who are covered in their country of origin, family members of SNCF employees, students working at least 96 hours per month, and all students aged 28 years and older on 1st October. 
  • Sport and Culture Fee
    This fee is voluntary (amount: 30€). It gives access to the University sports facilities and the right to reductions on cultural activities. 
  • Tuition fees
    Please consult: Student status and tuition fees



Unit 1: Research fundamentals   6
Research methodology 20  
Qualitative methods 20  
Quantitative methods 20  
Unit 2: Seminars and conferences   2
on different topics, organised during the year 20  
Unit 3: Specialised research seminars   2
Marketing 10  
Finance and accounting 10  
Strategy and organisations theory 10  
Knowledge management 10  
Unit 4: Research presentations workshop   2
students present the achievements of their individual research work and their progress on the dissertation
Unit 5: Specialised research seminars   2
on different topics, organised during the year 20  
Unit 6: Research presentations workshop   2
students present the achievements of their individual research work and their progress on the dissertation 20  
Unit 7: Specialised research seminars   2
on different topics, organised during the year 20  
Unit 8: Research presentations workshop   2
students undergo a mock examination including a simulation of their dissertation oral defence
Unit 9: Thesis   40
Written dissertation - (20)
Oral defence - (20)

Targeted professions and job opportunities


  • M1301 Management of large private and public enterprises
  • M1402 Management Consulting
  • M1403 Socio-economic studies/consulting
  • M1705 Marketing
  • M1207 Treasury and Finance






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