Phases & committee
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.
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.
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.
Note: MSCA 602/683 may not be required depending on previous studies.
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
Students should begin to consider the composition of their Phase II Committee during the first term of their first year. The form must be submitted to the PhD Program Office prior to the final semester of coursework.
Phase II Committee Composition
The student forms a Phase II committee consisting of a minimum of 3 qualified faculty members. "Qualified" means that committee members are "experts" in the subject areas that are relevant to the student's planned program of study and have a PhD degree. Committee membership should comprise the following:
- Chair of Committee - tenured faculty member, from the student's home university, who takes primary responsibility for mentoring and advising the student, and for determining his/her program of study. On occasion, co-chairs are acceptable.
- One (1) "External" Member - a faculty member from within the Joint Program at one of the other three affiliated universities.
- One or More Other Members - usually, but not necessarily, from the student's home university. In some cases, usually for a cross-disciplinary program of study, the third or fourth member may come from another faculty (e.g., Engineering, Anthropology) that is not under the Joint Program umbrella.
Changes to the Phase II Form
The Phase II form must be re-approved if any significant changes are made, e.g., changes in the committee composition, course changes, etc.
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)
Formation of Phase III Committee
The Phase III committee should be formed within one (1) semester of completion of Phase II (Comprehensive Examinations). This form must be submitted to the PhD Program Office.
The committee may remain the same as for Phase II or may be changed as the student desires. The student forms a Phase III committee consisting of at least three interested and qualified faculty members. The Chair of the Committee (Supervisor) must be from Concordia and will be the person primarily responsible for the student. One of the members must be from within the Joint Program at one of the other three affiliated universities. The members of this committee must all have earned PhD's.
Changes to the Phase III Form
The Phase III form must be re-approved if any significant changes are made, e.g., changes in the committee composition, course changes, etc.