Alberta School of Business PhD Program

Led by a diverse faculty of dedicated researchers renowned for their intellectual and academic excellence, graduates from our world-class PhD program are recognized as distinguished experts in their subject areas.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business program at the University of Alberta offers specializations in Accounting, Finance, Operations and Information Systems, Marketing, and Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management — including macro and micro organizational behaviour.

At any given time, there are between 50-70 students, with an entering class of 10-15 per year, which allows students to foster close dynamic bonds with their classmates and mentors. As of the 2022/23 academic year, the program has secured fifth-year funding for our PhD candidates.

Ever dreamt of learning alongside some of the nation’s top scholars, researchers and forward thinkers? You’re in the right place.

Maryam Zakeri Hosseinabadi
Maryam Zakeri Hosseinabadi

Maryam wanted to study in an academic setting that allowed her to delve deep into her specialized passion and become a leading scholar in the healthcare industry. She knew that a Doctor of Philosophy in Business at the Alberta School of Business was the best way to achieve this dream.

Why choose the Alberta School of Business PhD program?

Designed to prepare students for a research-oriented career, the program provides opportunities for each student to work closely with our world-renowned faculty to develop their own research portfolio. The Alberta School of Business is a welcoming and supportive environment where our students can learn, grow, succeed and lead with purpose.

Specialization Offerings

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We admit PhD students in five specializations each Fall. All applicants require a GMAT or GRE. Deadline is December 15 for Accounting, SEM, and OIS, and January 15 for Finance and Marketing.

Admission Requirements

Many of our faculty members are world-renowned for their expertise, and our younger faculty and doctoral students are in the forefront of creating improved explanations for business phenomena. 

Featured Research

Concentrate on your PhD with a competitive five-year funding package: scholarship, paid tuition/fees (domestic/international), plus professional development/conference travel allowances.

Program Funding

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Business PhD Students' Research Conference

An annual conference that brings together faculty, postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and visitors for a day of collaboration, networking, learning and inspiration.

  • When: November 22, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: 5-40, Business Building