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PhD in Business Administration

What is a PhD in Administration Thesis?

The PhD Thesis requirement is intended to provide candidates with an opportunity to carry out an investigation in a particular area of interest and to make a substantive contribution to knowledge in the area. It is expected that the thesis will include a comprehensive and critical synthesis of the relevant literature and will also embody either a substantive theoretical contribution to knowledge, a rigorous empirical investigation or both.

What constitutes ‘a contribution to knowledge’ will vary considerably between departments and among faculty. It is critically important that students discuss this issue at length with a prospective thesis supervisor. The basic objective of the thesis will generally be the result of discussion/negotiation between the supervisor and the student. The student should take responsibility for discovering the standard of work required by a prospective supervisor.

From a purely practical perspective the subject ought to be such that the work required to complete a Doctoral thesis can be completed in about 30 to 36 months of full-time study.

For information on thesis procedures please contact the Thesis Office in the School of Graduate Studies at 514-848-2424 ext. 3813/3802 or or visit them in person in S-101.


The thesis submission deadlines must be respected if students expect to graduate at a specific convocation.

Students must also apply to graduate by July 15th for Fall convocation or by January 15th for Spring Convocation. The Graduation application form can be found on your MyConcordia Portal.

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