Your Key to an International Academic Career

 ESSEC Business School belongs to the select group of European institutions delivering a PhD Program that meets the highest international standards. Our Program offers great opportunities for bright and motivated students. ESSEC is deeply committed to research and boasts a top-level and highly international Faculty. As you enter our Program, you join an intellectually vibrant community.
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Marie-Laure Djelic, Associate Dean - PhD Program

Application deadline for applications is January 15, 2016 for first session, and May 15, 2016 for 2nd session.

January 15: Deadline for first round of applications for 2016-2017.
Do not miss it. Apply now!

Key dates

October 2015: start of Application on line
January 15, 2016: end of first round
May 15, 2016: end of second round

PhD Electives

Open to non-ESSEC students

Elective courses offered


For specific information:
Contact our Ph.D Program
Tel: +33 (0)1 34 43 30 85
Tel: +33 (0)1 34 43 32 50
Fax: +33 (0)1 34 43 36 90

Mailing address:
Ph.D. Program
Avenue Bernard Hirsch BP 50105,
95021 Cergy Pontoise Cedex, France

Dissertation defenses

• Shora Moteabbed (Management), March 21
“A theoretical and empirical examination of relational identification: implications for the workplace”

• Abdolmanaf Zargoush (OMDS), March 27
“Four essays on novel heuristic algorithms in data mining with applications in healthcare analytics”

• Li Zheng (Marketing), June 2
“The diffusion of internet use across china: spatiotemporal models with policy implications”

• Wim van Lent (Management), June 17
“Managing an early modern giant: issues and initiatives at the dutch east india company”

• Lisa Baudot (Accounting & Auditing), June 25
“A study of the us gaap – ifrs convergence process: institutions and institutionalization in global accounting change”

• Joel Bothello (Management), June 30
“From global formulation to local legitimation: the trajectory of urban sustainability”

• Alina Ferecatu (Marketing), July 1
“Three essays on biases in decision making”

• Max Chauvin (Marketing), July 8
“In and out of control: the consumption of loudness in the metal community”

• Amir Hossein Ansaripoor (OMDS), August 26
“Risk management in sustainable fleet replacement using conditional value at risk”

• Sainan Huang (Economics), September 26
“Three essays on international finance and international trade”

• Prithwiraj Mukherjee (Marketing), November 6
“Modelling complex decision processes”

• Julien Penasse (Economics), December 2
“Asset prices and priceless assets”

• Samia Badji (Economics), December 3
“Human capital investment in sub-saharan africa”

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  • Ph.D. in Business Administration
  • Doctorat ESSEC Business School
  • M.S. in Business Administration Research


2 years of courses and seminars, and 2 years of dissertation work

Who are we looking for?

  • 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.


"The Ph.D. program at ESSEC trains prospective scholars to become highly skilled and successful researchers and teachers. Students are free to express their interests, propose and conduct pieces of original research. Faculty members drive, encourage and collaborate with Ph.D. students to publish in leading academic journals and present in international conferences and workshops. The Ph.D. program organizes numerous academic seminars, providing a helpful open forum to attend the presentations of both faculty members and visiting faculty from other institutions. Doing my Ph.D. at ESSEC opened all doors for my career."

Pietro De Giovanni
Assistant Professor at VU Amsterdam University
Ph.D. in OMD - 2006-2010