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Programme Start Date

Dec 31st, 2023



No cost EMI available

EMI options

by University Faculty

Live sessions

French Ministry of Higher Education Research and Innovation

National Accreditation

    About the DBA

    Live University Lectures

    Live University Lectures

    ESGCI Paris's faculty curate live and interactive sessions for it's students that are scheduled considering the global time zones and working hours.

    1:1 Thesis Supervision

    1:1 Thesis Supervision

    Interact with senior academic advisors - many of whom are working professionals from across the world - during live, interactive 1:1 sessions with the allotted thesis supervisor.

    Program Overview

    IACBE Membership
    IACBE Membership
    ACBSP Membership
    ACBSP Membership
    Same alumni status as on-campus students
    Same alumni status as on-campus students
    Balanced curriculum of application and research
    Balanced curriculum of application and research
    Dedicated Student Support available
    Dedicated Student Support available
    Delivery architecture designed for working professionals
    Delivery architecture designed for working professionals
    Add a 'Dr.' to your name and cement your industry experience
    Add a 'Dr.' to your name and cement your industry experience
    Earn the same degree as awarded on campus
    Earn the same degree as awarded on campus
    1:1 Thesis supervision
    1:1 Thesis supervision
    Live faculty lectures
    Live faculty lectures
    National Accreditation - QUALIOPI
    National Accreditation - QUALIOPI

    "It's up to you to seize your chance and discover your talents. Because if we are there to accompany you, it is YOU who will reveal yourself. To the best of yourself."
    - Romain LECOQ , Director of ESGCI Paris



    An unparalleled experience awaits you, thanks to the combination of strong and principled leadership and the expert guidance of ESGCI Paris's dedicated faculty.

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    Who Is This Program For?

    Working professionals who are looking for a transition into view more

    Minimum Eligibility

    Master's Degree (or equivalent) or Bachelors Degree with 5+ view more

    Why experts in their field chose a DBA

    • A Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) is a professional degree representing the highest qualification in management. It is a doctorate designed for working professionals who may not be able to pursue a PhD due to time commitments.

    • While a DBA is not offered in India, it is globally recognised.

    • Here, professionals combine their business knowledge with analytical skills to design and execute research studies that have real-world impact, with many going on to publish their work in leading journals.

    Why experts in their field chose a DBA

    DBA from ESGCI Paris

    On successful completion of the program, learners join a growing community of doctorate degree holders that are impacting world, 1 unique problem statement at a time.
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    • Earn the same degree as awarded on-campus from the art and culture capital of the world
    • Full alumni status from ESGCI Paris

    Programme Structure

    Best-in-class blend of application and research-based modules by leading faculty and industry experts

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    Live Session Hours
    Thesis Supervision
    Self Paced Videos

    Introduction to Research Methods

      Literature Review

        Data Collection Techniques

          Quantitative Methods

          • Dissertation/Thesis

          Qualitative Methods

            Access to Data

              Dissertation Phase

              • Doubt Resolution
              • Mentorship Thesis

              Explore our Learning Platform

              Learn on an AI-powered & personalised platform with best-in-class content, live sessions & mentoring from leading industry experts.
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              Global Lecturers

              ESGCI Paris's faculty leading the learning pathway for your doctorate

              The upGrad Advantage

              Unparalleled academic assistance ensuring a seamless research experience.

              Learning Support

              Learning Support
              Industry Mentors
              • Receive unparalleled guidance from industry mentors, teaching assistants and graders
              • Receive one-on-one feedback on submissions and personalised feedback on improvement
              Student Support
              • Dedicated Student Support available
              • You can write to us via Or for urgent queries, use the "Talk to Us" option on the Learn platform.

              Doubt Resolution

              Doubt Resolution
              Q&A Forum
              • Timely doubt resolution by industry experts and peers
              • 100% expert verified responses to ensure quality learning
              Expert Feedback
              • Personalised expert feedback on assignments and projects
              • Regular live sessions by experts to clarify concept-related doubts


              upGrad Base Camp
              • Fun-packed, informative and career building workshops, including sessions by industry professionals and professors
              • Group activities with your peers and alumni
              Industry Networking
              • Live sessions by experts on various industry topics
              • One-on-one discussion and feedback sessions with industry mentors

              Admission Process

              Programme Fee - Indian Residents

              INR 8,00,000 (inc. taxes)

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              *EMI Options starting at INR 16,625/month
              The credit facility is provided by a third party credit facility provider and any arrangement with such third party is outside upGrad's purview.

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              Frequently Asked Questions

              Course Eligibility

              Who is this programme for?

              It's a part-time program for working professionals who are looking for a transition into the C-suite and senior management professionals looking to become experts in their domain of choice. 

              What is the minimum eligibility for this programme?

              Bachelor's degree and minimum 5 years of experience in a supervisory managerial role 

              What is the admission process?

              Following are the key steps in the application process:

              1. Submit application
              Complete your application by providing work experience and educational background. The admissions committee will review your application, including all required documentation.
              2. Shortlisting update
              Our admissions committee will review and accept your application. Upon acceptance, an offer letter will be sent to you confirming your admission to the Doctorate of Business Administration Program.
              3. Block your seat
              Reserve your program spot by paying the required program deposit (INR 35,000) in full by the date specified in your offer letter to begin your doctoral journey.


              How much do I pay to block my seat?

              You need to pay INR 35,000 to block your seat.

              Are EMI options available?

              Yes, please speak with our admission counsellor to know more.

              Refund policy/Financials

              What is the programme fee?

              The program fee is INR 8,00,000 inclusive of all taxes*

              What is the refund policy for this programme?

              Refund Policy:
              You can claim a refund for the amount paid towards the Program at any time, before the Program Start Date, by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. You can request your Admissions Counselor to help you in applying and withdrawing for a refund by sending them an email with the reasons listed. A processing fee of Rs. 10,000 will be levied. No refund is permitted once the batch starts.

              No Cost Credit Card EMI FAQ's

              0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program wise.

              1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
              No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IndusInd Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank and State Bank of India)

              2. Is there any minimum transaction limit?
              Yes. 50000 is the minimum.

              3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?
              No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.

              4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?
              If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.

              5. Are there any fees or down payment?
              Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.

              6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?
              Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.

              7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?
              Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.

              8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?
              Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :
              HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000
              ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000

              9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?
              You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.

              10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?
              Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.

              11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?
              Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.

              Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000
              Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850
              [Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]
              EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000
              Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

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