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, 2014 for first session, and May 15, 2014 for 2nd session.

Key dates

October 2013: start of Application on line
January 15, 2014: end of first round
May 15, 2014: end of second round


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 defense

Shora MOTEABBED dissertation on Friday, March 21st, 2014
"A theoretical and empirical examination of relational identification: implications for the workplace"

Abdolmanaf ZARGOUSH dissertation on Thursday, March 27th, 2014
"Four essays on novel heuristic algorithms in data mining with applications in healthcare analytics"



20/11/2013 Research Highlights 2013: PhD Program set to host first annual “poster session”

On November 20, 2013, the ESSEC PhD program will host Research Highlights 2013, a first annual “poster session” to present cutting-edge PhD research in an accessible way.


16/10/2013 Annual PhD prize

Congratulations to Francesco Andreoli (PhD ESSEC 2012) who has been awarded the annual PhD prize of the Societa Italiana degli Economisti


15/05/2013 Selection for the IM Division Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award Competition 2013

Congratulations to Hae-Jung Hong who has been selected by the IM Division research committee as a finalist for the Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award.




  • 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