The John Molson School of Business in affiliation with École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal, McGill University, and Université du Québec à Montréal, has offered a joint PhD in Business Administration since 1976. The 5 year full-time program provides students with access to more than 300 professors qualified to supervise doctoral studies. Students in the joint program also have access to the affiliated universities’ library systems, computer facilities, and presentations by internationally recognized researchers.
PhD students work closely with expert faculty from many prestigious research institutions, maintaining outstanding international reputations for their innovative research, publishing in some of the best journals, and sitting on the boards of many Learned Societies. With nine research centres brimming with talent and ambition, JMSB faculty and graduate students are busy creating innovative solutions to many contemporary business problems.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
6 credits – Phase I (Qualifying)
MSCA 602 - Applied Linear Statistical Models (3 credits) *
MSCA 683 - Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (3 credits) *
* May not be required depending on previous studies.
12 credits – Phase II (Required Courses)
ADMI 870 - Research Methodology in Management or approved equivalent (3 credits)
ADMI 880 - Pedagogical Methods or approved equivalent (3 credits)
ADMI 889 - Comprehensive Examinations (6 credits)
18 credits – Phase II (Elective Courses)
Minimum of 4 courses (12 credits) in the area of specialization plus 1 additional course (3 credits)
Elective courses offered in the following disciplines vary in content from term to term and from year to year. All seminars are 3 credits.
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
60 credits – Phase III (Thesis)
ADMI 890 - Thesis (60 credits)
Master's degree or equivalent with high academic standing.
Applicants must submit proof of satisfactory performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) within the previous five years.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT). Applicants who have been admitted by a program and whose test results fall within the range requiring a language placement test must write the Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT).
Language Requirement. The language of instruction at Concordia University is English. However, students who also have capacity in French will be able to best profit from the joint nature of the program. In particular, the ability to read technical material and to follow lectures and discussions in both languages is an asset. Students may write reports, examinations and the thesis in English or in French as they choose.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Competitive funding packages in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.