Doctoral Programs



Course in Management for Doctoral Students 

The École des Ponts Business School proposes a ten-weekend Course in Management for doctoral candidates spread over nine months (one weekend per month) that aims to give doctoral candidates a high-level introduction to business and management. The idea is to give specialized doctoral students from a wide range of schools and disciplines an overview of various aspects of business and management in an MBA-style learning format which uses blended learning, problem-based learning, the case study method, group work, individual work, guest speakers, corporate visits as well as active participation of all students.

The objective is to help doctoral students rapidly acquire an excellent working understanding of business and management, including immediately applicable models, frameworks, tools, best practices and skills in order to better comprehend today's business challenges, increase employability and get on a fast-track to management positions.


This training program is delivered in English and taught by international professors, experts in their fields as well as practitioners. The aim is to give doctoral students the full array of business and management skills that today's job market demands. Deep expertise is important, but employers are now looking for T-shaped individuals who have both deep expertise and a broad understanding of how companies and markets function, as well as how to do business globally. 

The École des Ponts Business School has been running this program since 2006, initially with ParisTech and later with Paris-Est. The program already counts over 300 graduates since its inception.

The course consists in 150 contact hours and requires approximately 300 additional hours of course work (preparation, final assignments, group work, etc.). 

New in 2015 - new format and open to external candidates

Your program is changing! As ParisTech and Paris-Est evolve, and the requirements of doctoral candidates for this kind of training increases, the doctoral program will no longer be given as a weekday program. It will now be offered in a new format - which is more comfortable and easier to integrate with professional and laboratory demands - over ten weekends during the course of the academic year. Based on participant feedback, we know doctoral students are also interested in having a highly-diverse class experience in terms of background, experience, nationalities, study focus, life stage, etc. 

In addition, in order to further increase the diversity of the program, we are now accepting up to five doctoral or post-doctoral students for the Course in Management from outside of the ParisTech and Paris-Est ecosystem, this includes students living outside of France.  The rates for external candidates are as follows:

  • If a company is sponsoring the candidate: € 5 000 
  • If a laboratory or research center is sponsoring the candidate: € 4 000
  • If the candidate is financing the program personally: € 3 200.

For more information, please contact Linda Crofton at


Testimonial - "this program encouraged us to think big"

Simona SabaThe ENPC ParisTech Doctoral Program on Management - the perfect complement to a PhD
Simona SABA, Doctorante IRSN/Université Paris-Est

"I would not be exaggerating if I say that this course has changed me in many positive  ways.  Starting with the academic point of view, a rich variety of classes (marketing,  negotiation,  finance, innovation…) was given by high quality teachers who came from  well  recognised  business schools in all over the world. They have excellent teaching  skills that transformed the intensive classes into interactive, very rich and fun classes.

In another way, this program encouraged us to think big, beyond the everyday scientific routine of a PhD student. By the end, I made a lot of wonderful friends from many different cultures. I admit that it wasn’t easy for us to work as a team at the beginning, it even happened that we argued sometimes, but it didn’t take us very long to become a great team and enjoy the hard work.
After this program, we are able to speak the language of business, to be more confident when facing recruiters, have the initiative to contact people to build our network and finally to think out of the box!"


Doctoral participants have two choices this year for the date of start of program. The course can be started in October 2014 or in January 2015. In either event, if all 10 courses are validated, graduates will receive a certificate. 

The 2014-15 session of the Course in Management is spread over 10 weekends as follows:

Course Professor Dates
Introduction to Management Alon Rozen 18-19 October 2014
Accounting Basics Emily Song 8-9 November 2014
Fundamentals of Marketing Michele O’Dwyer 29-30 November 2014
Operations Management Elias Hadzilias 13-14 December 2014
Introduction to Finance Kevin O’Connell 17-18 January 2014
Managing People & Organizations Joseph Santora 31 Jan -1 Feb 2015
Business Strategy Philip Meissner 7-8 March 2015
Technology and Innovation Management Karim Sabbagh 18-19 April 2015
Entrepreneurship Barak Ben-Avinoam 16-17 May 2015
Integration: Markstrat simulation Suman Modwel 30 - 31 May 2015


Application deadline: 4 October 2014 for an 18 October 2014 start, or 31 November 2014 for a 17 January 2015 start.