The program includes significant research involvement besides the student's main project, the dissertation. For example, the Business Research Conference is held annually to give students an opportunity to present their ideas and research results to faculty and other students.
Students receiving financial assistance are expected to work for two consecutive terms in their specialization as research assistants under faculty supervision. Assignment of students is done by the respective departments, in consultation with the Doctoral Program Director.
Participation in research workshops and seminars is an integral component of doctoral education. Students are urged to participate fully in departmental seminars; this includes attendance at the departments' seminars, in which scholarly papers are presented by University of Alberta faculty, visiting scholars, and doctoral students. Students are also expected to present/poster their research results at the Business Research Conference.
The Summer Period
The academic calendar at the University of Alberta consists of two terms of instruction between September and April, followed by two, six-week spring and summer sessions. The May to August period should be used for the following activities.
- Further research training through work on joint projects with faculty members. Results of this research will be presented in such public outlets as scholarly journals, professional conferences, department seminars and the PhD Research Fair. When a presentation requires travel to a conference, support may be available from the PhD office. This research activity is very important to students' academic progress.
- Taking courses that are prerequisite to, or supportive of, the specialization's required courses.
- Preparing for comprehensive or candidacy examinations.
- Writing research papers oriented towards developing a thesis proposal or for scholarly publication.
- Satisfying the teaching requirement of the specialization.