Executive DBA
    Come with your past Experience, leave with your future Expertise

École des Ponts Business School

About École des Ponts Business School

The École Ponts Business School is accredited by AMBA, which is the International Association of MBAs since 1996. Located in Paris, the Business School has been delivering MBAs and management programmes since 1987 with nearly 6,000 graduates to date of their programmes worldwide. The School's approach is based on their Alma Mater, the ENPC Paris Tech, which is one of France's prestigious 'Grandes Écoles', renowned for the excellence of its education, and the world's first elite civil engineering school, founded in 1747 by royal decree of Louis XV.

  • The latest Nobel prize winner in economics, Jean Tirole, is an alumnus of the ENPC Paris Tech.
  • École des Ponts' s Global Executive MBA is ranked No. 2 worldwide out of over 300 business schools across North America, Europe and USA. (CEO Magazine)
  • Its MBA is the 20th leading MBA in Continental Europe and the only MBA based in Paris city centre. (The Economist)
  • ENPC Paris Tech and Shanghai's Tongji University(同濟大學)'s Shanghai International MBA(SIMBA) is ranked 2nd most influential Sino-Foreign MBA Program in China in 2010. (Financial Times)
  • ENPC, Tsinghua (清華) School of Economics and Management and École nationale de l'aviation civile jointly offers the TEE-EMBA Program in 2016.
  • CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are also amongst the Alumnis from École des Ponts. You may click HERE to discover these important connections.

The Executive DBA

The EDBA programme will be delivered primarily through four residential sessions in English that include two learning labs and four research method modules in Paris near the Champs ElysEes in the first year. Each session will last for four to seven days.

To graduate, candidates will have to submit a research proposal, a total of three doctoral papers, one of which must be of publishable quality and then attend an Oral Defense before a panel.

The EDP Faculty will be responsible for both the teaching and doctoral supervision.

Admission Process: From inquiry to degree

The application process is done online. Applicants need to:

  1. create a personal account by entering the Hong Kong Region Contact Code: HKMA2017
  2. have your credit card ready
  3. pay the EUR150 admissions fee by credit card
  4. once payment is received, you will receive a notice saying that your account has been created and you will receive a password

To connect to the online application, please click HERE now.

Once the initial admissions process are complete, you will go through the following:

  • Admission interview
  • Admission decision
  • Submission of a declaration of research interest(s)
  • Learning labs and research method courses
  • Submit research proposals and academic supervisor assignment
  • Doctoral project: Research case, teaching case, practice-based article
  • Viva Voce (oral defense) and awarding of degree

E-DBA Doctoral Project

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While the learning labs and research modules are in English, and require business - level English proficiency, the three doctoral papers may be written in the language of the doctoral candidate's choice, as long as they are accompanied by official translations of the original work into English.


In order to be accepted to the E-DBA Program, prospective students must generally hold an advanced degree such as an MBA, E-MBA, specialized Master's or a comparable graduate business degree (i.e. MIB, MIM, LLB or a degree deemed acceptable by the admissions team).

Applicants should also have a minimum of ten years of work experience, demonstrating extensive managerial/leadership responsibilities.

Tuition Fees and Payment Options for 2017 Intake

E-DBA tuition fees: EUR36,000
E-DBA tuition fees for École des Ponts alumni: EUR27,000
Students transferring from another doctoral program: please contact the Admissions Office

Tuition fees cover all course materials, the residential sessions, doctoral supervision and access to our e-library (notably European Business Source Complete) only. All other expenses relative to the program including accommodation, travel, food and entertainment are at the students expense.

The "Admissions offer letter" given to each accepted student details payment conditions and offers to choose from three tuition payment options:

Three Payment Options

  1. Option A: tuition fees paid upfront
    1st installment (non-refundable): payment of Euro 5,000 upon acceptance of offer
    The balance of the tuition fees: Euro 31,000 is due 2 weeks before the program starts
  2. Option B: tuition fees paid in five (5) installments (additional fee of Euro 1,000)
    1st installment (non-refundable): payment of Euro 5000 upon acceptance of admissions offer
    2nd installment: November 1 (or two weeks before start of first module: Euro 8,000
    3rd installment:: May 1(or 6 months after start of first module): Euro 8,000
    4th installment:: Oct 1: Euro 8,000
    5th installment:: April 1of Year 3: Euro 8,000
  3. Option C: tuition fees paid in monthly installments (additional fee of Euro 1,000)
    1st installment (non-refundable): payment of Euro 5000 upon acceptance of offer
    18 installments split over 18 months (Nov Year 1 to April Year 3): Euro 1,778

Tuition fees cover for the normal three-year duration of the program. At the end of three years from the start of the program, in the event that a doctoral candidate has yet to defend their doctoral project, an additional fee of Euro 3,600 per year (i.e. extension fee) will be due at the start of each of the two remaining years in order to maintain active doctoral candidate status

It  is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.


EUR 37,000  (E-DBA tuition fees)