Martin Kornberger, Head of PhD program

PhD Program

EMLYON’s Ph.D. in Management Program, which is delivered entirely in English, meets the highest international standards.
Martin Kornberger, Head of PhD program


If you hold a master or bachelor and show evidence of strong intellectual ability, sincere commitment to and interest in academic work, we'd like to hear from you! Our selection is based on academic records, GMAT and TOEFL scores, academic letters of references, and a research statement. We charge no application fee. Application deadline is April 30 for admission in early September. Admission decisions are sent early to mid-June.

A promising career

Our job is to create knowledge through research and disseminate it through publications and teaching. Constant growth in business education worldwide explains unabated demand for PhDs in Management. An exciting, flexible, and rewarding career awaits you!

Truly international

Choose to come here because we're truly international, and that's interesting and fun! Professors are from Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, USA, etc. Current students come from 16 different countries and four continents, and no country has more than 13% students. Students are from Argentina, Brazil, China (x3), France (x3), Germany (x2), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Morocco, South Korea, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA (x2) and Zimbabwe. Remember that the programme is entirely delivered in English, and knowledge of French is not required.

Double degree

In June 2017, emlyon business school and the University of South Carolina (Darla Moore School of Business) signed an agreement to create a Dual Degree Doctoral Program in Business Administration. This program represents a very unique and exceptional opportunity to participate in a doctoral program that leverages exceptional faculty from two prominent universities, and also allows a student to receive a doctoral degree from both institutions.

Dual Degree Program emlyon Business School

High degree of interaction

Choose our programme because it is small and focused. We decided to keep the programme small (around 20 students) so that you can benefit from two major advantages. First, limiting the programme to a human size allows more and better interactions. Everything here is one-to-one, face-to-face. You will meet, interact, and work closely with faculty members and fellow PhDs on a daily basis. We see this as an essential asset to your scholarly development. Second, the small size is a consequence of our willingness to remain focused. We don't do finance, we don't do marketing, but only management and entrepreneurship. The advantage is that each and every student and faculty member you'll talk to shares the very same research interests that brought you here.

TOP-NOTCH curriculum

Choose our PhD programme because the structure of the curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure you will be trained as a first-quality scholar. At the end of the four years, you will be an accomplished researcher, one of the best specialists in your area. You will have learned the tricks of writing articles for top-tier journals. In addition, you will have been trained in designing and delivering courses, both at undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. The different courses and seminars are delivered by our recognized faculty. We routinely bring in the best specialists in the world to give seminars and lectures.

Reputation and vibrant environment

Choose emlyon business school because the school offers a vibrant and renowned environment. Ranked #20 in Europe by the Financial Times (Dec. 2011), the school prides itself from having the triple accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. In line with these accreditations, the school is committed to provide world-class educational efforts, resources, and a strong involvement in research.



If you are talented, curious, and persistent, join us for an exciting and rewarding journey!
Application deadlines: April 30.
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