PhD Program Overview

The Business PhD program is full time. It is not offered on a part-time or distance-learning basis. Working outside of the program during your years of study is discouraged. Students are entitled to three weeks' vacation from their studies per year.

Currently, new students are given an annual award for four years of study. Tuition and non-academic fees are paid by the program on their behalf for the first four years. You may be eligible for additional funding and scholarships upon admission.

Years 1 and 2

Research begins and course work is completed. Comprehensive exams to be passed by the end of Year 2.

Years 3 and 4

Research continues and teaching requirements are fulfilled. Candidacy exam must be passed by the end of Year 3. Final oral exam on thesis must be at least six months after Candidacy exam.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained to remain in the program.

Business Background Not Required Prior to Admission

Most applicants have some background in business, obtained through undergraduate and graduate studies or from work experience. However, a significant number of applicants do not have such a background but often have compensating attributes, such as knowledge of important theoretical traditions in business or research experience. Those without a business background must acquire an appropriate business background for their particular area of study. The number of courses required will vary for individual students.

Students without an MBA but with an undergraduate business degree, completed within the five years prior to commencing the PhD program, will normally have this business background but may require additional courses in preparation for their specialization and sub-specialization of doctoral study. These additional courses will be decided upon by the students and their respective PhD supervisory committees.

In general, graduate level courses required for the Business PhD program require prerequisite introductory courses. Most prerequisites will have been satisfied by a student's previous degree(s) courses; a student deficient in the prerequisites, however, must take these courses in advance of the required courses.