Programs in English

Ph.D. Program


ESSEC Business School belongs to the select group of European Institutions offering a Ph.D. program entirely in English. The Ph.D. program trains prospective scholars to become highly skilled and successful researchers and teachers. It’s the first step towards an international academic career with a European perspective.


Ph.D. Program

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students not only to master methodologies, but also to advance knowledge and play an active role in the international academic community. Before starting their dissertation work, students must follow a two-year program of courses and seminars that ends with Preliminary Examinations and a Dissertation Proposal. The curriculum starts with an intensive period of interdisciplinary training common to all students. This is followed by rigorous research training for the chosen field of specialization.


General Requirement Courses: provide students with an overview of the different fields of business administration, the various methodologies used, and common statistical tools. This gives students a unique interdisciplinary perspective on research in business administration and economics.
Specialized courses and seminars for the chosen: they focus on methodological issues and research tools in the specific fields. They also examine theoretical developments in each field, the current state of the art, and the frontiers of research.
After the successful completion of the first two years of the program and of the preliminary exams, students are awarded an Advanced Master in Business Administration Research.
Dissertation Proposal (end of second year): students work with one or two ESSEC professors who guide and direct their research.

Dissertation Defense is expected by the end of the fourth year. 
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration
  • Doctorat ESSEC Business School
  • M.S. in Business Administration Research

Two years of courses and seminars and two years of dissertation work


  • Candidates need to possess the ability to engage in high-quality research and show a real vocation for teaching. They must also demonstrate a solid educational background.
  • Applicants should have an outstanding (four-year) Bachelor’s degree (BA, BSc or equivalent) or higher qualification (a Master’s degree would be an asset).
  • French students can apply with four or more years of post-secondary studies (“Bac+4”).
  • European students with a Master’s in Research (MRes) are also welcome to apply – successful applicants would gain exemption from certain courses/seminars and depending on their background, would follow a shorter sequence of courses.
  • The program is open to top students from Business and Economics schools but also from fields such as Engineering, Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, etc.

To find out more about the program, visit the Ph.D. pages