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Executive PhD IIM Sambalpur & DBA IAE - Bordeaux University School of Management (Dual Degree /C0-Diplomation)
Program at a Glance

About the Program

The Executive PhD & DBA Program, a collaboration between Bordeaux University School of Management & IIM Sambalpur, stands as India's pioneering dual-degree doctoral initiative. Designed specifically for working professionals aiming for advanced academic qualifications, the program offers a unique pathway to pursue a doctoral degree without disrupting their careers.

Tailored for individuals with significant work experience, it emphasizes practical applicability and interdisciplinary approaches. This program delivers rigorous, world-class training across various areas of business management, enabling students to conduct cutting-edge research of international standards.

Participants are equipped with the skills to critically access and influence organizational landscapes, fostering leaders ready for impactful roles in both academia and industry. Moreover, it supports industry executives in transitioning to research-oriented careers, whether in academic institutions or research positions within the public and private sectors.

Program Details :


  • The Executive PhD/DBA program spans a minimum of three years, equivalent to 36 months.
  • During the first year, students are required to complete a minimum of 8 core courses relevant to their chosen research area. This initial year also encompasses Epistemology and Methodology courses, providing an introduction to Management Research along with qualitative and quantitative techniques.
  • At the culmination of the first year, students defend their research proposal, a pivotal step leading to the validation of a research certificate (Research in Management). Failure to pass this stage necessitates re-registration for an additional year.
  • Throughout the subsequent second and third years, students are guided in writing their thesis and undergo preliminary thesis presentations.
  • Each student is assigned a Research Supervisor/Co-Supervisor from both collaborating institutions.
  • As part of the program, students have the opportunity to attend a three-day Academic Writing Workshop at Cambridge University.
  • It is mandatory to attend face-to-face class, spanning two weeks, at Bordeaux campus.
  • The program employs a hybrid mode of delivery, combining face-to-face classes held at various intervals and locations.
  • Admission to the program is overseen by IIM Sambalpur, adhering to its minimum entry requirements. The composition of core courses and the allocation of contact or non-contact hours may be adjusted by the doctoral committee to accommodate students’ needs.
  • The program predominantly features instruction by international faculty, with emphasis not limited to Bordeaux Business School.
  • Students will be charged on a pro rata basis for any additional years required to complete the program.
  • Minimum three face-to-face classes of three days duration will exclusively take place at the Sambalpur or Delhi campus.