Why Dauphine

Why choose Paris-Dauphine University for your Executive DBA?


The Université Paris-Dauphine has been one of the first universities in Europe to offer an Executive DBA, since 2008, and the first to do so in France. Today, this program is a growing success with an average annual graduating class of 16 participants.  From 30 % to more than half are international students. The EDBA is a rich interactive experience that encourages international participation. 


“Being a full-time professional with a heavy travel load, there was an obvious tension between my ambition of completing a doctorate while continuing to advance in my career. Among the factors that made Paris-Dauphine an obvious choice for me stood its reputation as a reference institution for management studies (…)” (Mike Pfister, OECD, Class 6)



10 Good Reasons to Choose the EDBA at Université Paris-Dauphine


1 – You are supported by a team of professors and researchers of the highest level, guaranteeing the quality of the program and the supervision, essential criteria for differentiating other programs.

2 – You are part of the Number 1 French University worldwide in Management Research: six research centers (4 of which are associated with the CNRS), a doctorate school with seven thesis programs (management, economics, Science, IT, Law, Sociology, Political Sciences), more than 200 doctoral students, 430 PhDs, 77 thesis defenses in 2013, more than 20 research and teaching chairs, initiatives and think tanks, more than 40 research contracts signed in 2013.

3 – The level of the instruction at Université Paris-Dauphine makes the university the leading choice of doctorates in Management in France in the fields of Finance/ Marketing/ Accounting-Audit-Control/ Organization/ Strategy/ IT. More than 20 doctorate theses were awarded national or international accolades over the last 10 years. 

4 – You learn at the leading French university accredited by EQUIS (the most selective accreditation worldwide for universities and Schools of Management).

5 – You establish strong links with professors and students alike while becoming part of a substantial alumni network.

Link to Alumni Network

6 – You will discover an academic spirit and collaboration encouraging the elaboration and development of research projects as well as assistance from faculty in the publication of texts.

7 – You will benefit from a privileged and stimulating environment: the Université Paris-Dauphine houses the leading research library in Economics and Management in France. The library holds more than 60,000 books, 17 study rooms, and 620 reading areas. Registration in the EDBA program includes access to the whole of the university’s digital resources as well as its academic databases. 

8 – In a dynamic of progress for its students, Dauphine has been a part of the excellent initiative PSL (Paris Sciences and Letters) since 2011. This illustrates Dauphine’s ambition to develop as a research university among the top 20 institutions worldwide.

9 – Students of the EDBA program benefit from the support of the largest Management Center in France, the CNRS: DRM – Dauphine Research in Management, which includes a team of 76 distinguished researchers, 142 doctoral students and represents as many opportunities for exchange and collaboration. 

10 – Université Paris-Dauphine is located in the heart of France and of Europe allowing for easy access to international students.