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PhD in Business Administration

Thesis & research

The PhD thesis typically entails a major empirical research project (60 credits), conducted under the direction of a thesis supervisor. In completing the thesis component of the program, students apply the concepts studied in their courses and learn how to carry out valid research. In addition, the thesis phase offers students the opportunity to focus on a specific topic of particular interest, as well as to publish their results. 

Typically third year PhD students are required to select a thesis topic, prepare a proposal, and have it accepted by their supervisor. Students normally select a topic addressing a contemporary business issue within their chosen area of specialization.

Students conduct original theory-based research, working in close collaboration with some of the faculty’s senior researchers. They apply the technical and analytical skills learned in their course work to develop strategies and solutions to the problem they are studying. 

The final step is the thesis dissertation. Once students have completed their research and writing, they must present and defend their thesis.

What is a PhD in Administration Thesis?
This document provides information regarding what a thesis is.

Thesis Proposal & Approval

The proposal is an essential part of the evaluation process which spells out the student’s work activities and study goals for a six month to one year period.

PhD Student Research Funding

Research Ethics & Compliance


  • Once your Thesis Proposal has been approved by your supervisor and you have received your Ethics approval you can begin your research.
  • JMSB has a Research Databases Search Tool which may be beneficial to your research.

Thesis Preparation

  • The School of Graduate Studies has prepared a handbook for Graduate Students to help them in the preparation of their thesis. Download the Thesis Preparation Guide

Time Line to Defence

  • This document provides you with the information you need regarding the timing of your thesis defence.

Preparing to Defend your PhD Thesis

  • This document provides all the details about submitting, obtaining feedback on, and defending your PhD thesis, including important dates and procedural rules.

Concordia University Thesis Database

  • Concordia's Thesis Office produces a searchable online database of all theses produced since 1978. You can search it by convocation, degree, supervisor, thesis title key words or student.
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