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Admissions and fees

Admission requirements (who can apply)

Applicants to the SKEMA Global DBA are expected to show a keen interest in pursuing research in sustainability-related topics, which are of relevance to economies or societies.

Applicants should possess a master's degree in business-related disciplines in good standing from recognised universities, and substantial professional experience at senior level. Those with relevant bachelor’s degrees (or equivalent) from recognised universities, plus significant work experience at senior level, will also be considered.

In exceptional cases, applicants with professional qualifications (other scholarly achievements), together with substantial work achievements, may be considered. 

Language requirements: 
SKEMA Global DBA is an English-based programme. For those applicants whose academic degrees are obtained from institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, they need to fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement: a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 92 (internet-based); an IELTS score of 6.0; or other equivalent English-ability test score.

Programme costs

Basic tuition costs and one-time fees for the DBA programme are €79,800 for the four-year, 120-credit-hour programme. Tuition and fees cover books and study materials, meals and snacks during study weeks or residential weeks. It does not cover the costs associated with lodging or international travel.

Application process (how to apply)

  1. Application fee: Before completing the application form, applicant need to pay a non-refundable and non-transferable fee of €250. The application fee can be paid online using a credit card.
  2. Application form: Applicant need to complete the SKEMA Global DBA application form online at the DBA application portal .

  3. Supporting documents: In addition to completing the application form, a successful SKEMA Global DBA application package also needs to include the following supporting documents, submit the documents here with your application online

    • academic qualifications (such as academic transcripts showing degrees awarded)

    • English test result (if English is not the medium of instruction at your degree-awarding institution)

    • professional qualifications (e.g., certificates, for those applicants who do not meet the academic degree requirements)

    • research statement (2 pages, around 1,000 words, detailing your motivation for pursuing SKEMA Global Sustainability DBA, which sustainability-related topics you are interested in, an outline of your research plan, and what insights your proposed research may generate; detailed guideline for preparing the research statement here (PDF).

    • two letters of recommendation need to be obtained from people who are able to comment on your qualification for DBA study. [sample recommendation here - PDF]

    • (optional) scholarly or managerial publications

    • (optional) awards or certificates that are relevant for a DBA study on sustainability

  4. Admission interview: Applicants will be notified when all application materials have been received and verified. An interview will then be scheduled for qualified applicants. A DBA admissions committee will evaluate applicants’ suitability for admission to the selection programme. 

  5. Offer of admission: Approximately two weeks after the evaluation interviews, successful applicants will be notified in writing by SKEMA Global DBA admission’s office that they are offered a place for admission. The offer letter will include information relating to study periods, commencement date, fees, code of conduct, and for international students, visa information where relevant. Once the offer is made, applicants have 30 days to accept and pay a non-refundable deposit.

  6. Tuition payment: admitted applicants need to complete payment of the first instalment of programme tuition (€40,000) one month before the official start of the DBA programme.

  7. Student visa for admitted international students who need a visa to enter France, visa information and assistance services will be provided by the international office of SKEMA. The office will also help SKEMA Global DBA students who need visas to join Global Residential Weeks in different countries.

Application schedule (when to apply)

The new SKEMA Global DBA will be officially launched in June 2023. Applications will be accepted from that day. Admission for the 2023 cohort will end on March 31, 2023. Orientation and first study week will commence on the SKEMA Paris campus in June 2023.

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