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PhD in Business Administration

Program details

A semi-structured program design

Once students have completed a minimum of formal requirements, they may define their specialized research objectives under the guidance of a Supervisory Committee. The program requires proficiency in either English or French and a basic knowledge of the second language. This is a full-time program.

The objective of the PhD in Business Administration joint program is to educate competent researchers and stimulate research on management solutions.


The minimum number of credits will be determined upon acceptance to the program. Students without a formal academic background in business administration will be required to take up to five 3-credit courses, usually at the MBA, or MSc level, from among the following disciplines: business economics, organizational behaviour, supply chain and business technology management, marketing, finance, business policy and strategy, accountancy and control. Up to two of these courses may be in the student’s intended area of PhD specialization. Students may also be required to take Applied Linear Statistical Models and Multivariate Data Analysis depending on previous studies.

Phase I (Qualifying) Courses

Courses in Phase I are not taken as part of the program of study and will, therefore, be subject to the relevant tuition fees.

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSc

Various Linear Model topics in statistical analysis applied to business and economic problems will be reviewed. This will include design of experiments, analysis of variance, multiple regression, model building, multi-collinearity influential observations, variable selection techniques, ANOVA models with random effects, analysis of covariance etc. Case studies illustrating the different areas of application will be used.

Offered by: Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Program: MSc

This seminar is designed to introduce students to several multivariate analysis techniques with emphasis on the practical use of these tools in business research. Techniques that will be covered in this course include MANOVA, discriminant analysis, principal components and factor analysis, canonical correlation analysis and multidimensional scaling. The objective of the seminar is to provide a fundamental understanding of the nature, power, and the limitations of multivariate statistical techniques.

In this phase, the program of study is determined by the student’s Phase II supervisory committee. The minimum requirement of this phase is 30 credits. All students take one 3-credit compulsory course in pedagogy (ADMI 880) or approved equivalent, and one 3-credit compulsory course in Research Methodology (ADMI 870) or approved equivalent. All other seminars in the Phase II program will depend on each student’s field of interest, but will generally be organized around one area of specialization. The area of specialization can be: organizational behaviour, supply chain, business technology management, marketing, finance, business policy/strategy, and accountancy; a related interdisciplinary field (such as international business); or a significant subfield (such as consumer behaviour). Students must take a minimum of four seminars (12 credits) in their area of specialization (Phase II, elective courses), and a minimum of one additional course (3 credits) which may be in their area of specialization or in another area as determined by their supervisor, followed by a set of comprehensive examinations (ADMI 889, 6 credits). Directed Reading Courses may not be taken for credit.

Phase II (Required Courses)

ADMI 870 - Research Methodology or approved equivalent (3 credits) 
ADMI 880 - Pedagogical Methods or approved equivalent (3 credits) 
ADMI 889 - Comprehensive Examinations (6 credits)


Phase II (Elective Courses)

Courses offered in the following disciplines may vary in content from term to term and from year to year
ADMI 800-809 - Business Economics
ADMI 810-819 - Organizational Behaviour
ADMI 820-829 - Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems
ADMI 830-839 - Marketing
ADMI 840-849 - Finance
ADMI 850-859 - Business Policy and Strategy
ADMI 860-869 - Accountancy and Control

As each student enters Phase III of the program, the School’s PhD committee approved the Phase III committee. The Phase III committee supervises all stages of the thesis (60 credits) from the initial proposal through to the final defence.

Phase III (Thesis)

ADMI 890 - Thesis (60 credits)

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