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Business Administration (PhD)

Program type
Thesis
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
5 years
Credits
90 credits
Start term
Fall

Program overview

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 five-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.

The John Molson PhD in Business Administration offers five specializations: Accountancy, Finance, Management, Marketing or Supply Chain & Business Technology Management. Our students work closely with expert faculty from many prestigious research institutions and maintain outstanding international reputations for their innovative research, publishing in some of the best journals and sitting on the boards of many Learned Societies. With seven research centres brimming with talent and ambition, John Molson's faculty and graduate students are busy creating innovative solutions to many contemporary business problems.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Business Administration PhD Courses for course descriptions.

The program consists of three consecutive phases: the Qualifying Phase, the Course Phase, and the Thesis Phase.

Qualifying Phase


Given their academic background, some students may be required to take up to five 3-credit courses, usually at the MBA, or MSc level before qualifying for the program. The minimum number of credits will be determined upon acceptance to the program and is formally communicated to the student by the PhD Office before entry in the program.

Course Phase and Thesis Phase

The minimum course requirement of this phase is 30 credits, corresponding to a minimum of 27 credits for courses and 3 credits for the Comprehensive Examination, as outlined below.

Business Administration PhD (90 credits)

30

credits:  Course Phase

60

credits:  Thesis Phase 

Course Phase (30 credits)

6

credits of Required General Courses:

These courses are required for all PhD Business Administration students:

 

ADMI 871 Foundations of Business Research (3.00)
ADMI 880 Pedagogical Methods (3.00)
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12

credits of Required Specialization Courses chosen from the following:

 Accountancy Specialization: Business Administration PhD  

 Finance Specialization: Business Administration PhD  

 Management Specialization: Business Administration PhD  

 Marketing Specialization: Business Administration PhD  

 Supply Chain and Business Technology Management (SCBTM) Specialization: Business Administration PhD  

 

9

credits of  Business Administration PhD Elective Courses  

Students may choose from scheduled graduate courses offered by their Department, another Department or Faculty at Concordia University, or by a University affiliated through the Joint Program. The course selection depends on the candidates research interests and background, subject to Faculty approval. A limit of 6 credits may be taken from MSc level courses with prior approval of the Graduate Program Director

3

credits Comprehensive Examinations:

 

ADMI 8890 Comprehensive Examination (3.00)
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0

credits Professional Development:

 

ADMI 872 Doctoral Professional Development (0.00)
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Thesis Phase (60 credits)

60

credits:

 

ADMI 8902 Thesis Proposal (0.00)
ADMI 890 Thesis (60.00)
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Accountancy Specialization: Business Administration PhD (12 credits)

12

credits of Required Accountancy Specialization Courses:

ADMI 860 ADMI 861 ADMI 8601 ADMI 8602

Business Administration PhD Elective Courses (9 credits)

9

credits of elective courses chosen from the following:

 

ADMI 873 Teaching and Learning with the Case Method (3.00)
ADMI 8502 Advanced Topics in Management (3.00)
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Students may also choose from courses offered by their Department, another Department or Faculty at Concordia University, or by a University affiliated through the Joint Program. The course selection depends on the candidates research interests and background, subject to Faculty approval. A limit of 6 credits may be taken from MSc level courses with prior approval of the Graduate Program Director.

 

Finance Specialization: Business Administration PhD (12 credits)

12

credits of Finance Specialization Courses:

 
ADMI 840 Corporate Finance (3.00)
ADMI 8401ADMI 8402ADMI 8403
 

Management Specialization: Business Administration PhD (12 credits)

12

credits of Required Management Specialization Courses:

 

ADMI 812 Foundations and Current Topics in Organizational Behaviour (3.00)
ADMI 852 Debating Strategic Management (3.00)
ADMI 870 Research Methods in Management: Core and Advanced Issues in Quantitative Studies (3.00)
ADMI 8501‌   

 

Marketing Specialization: Business Administration PhD (12 credits)

12

credits of Required Marketing Specialization Courses:

 ADMI 8301ADMI 8302ADMI 8303ADMI 8304  

Supply Chain and Business Technology Management (SCBTM) Specialization: Business Administration PhD (12 credits)

12

credits of Required Supply Chain and Business Technology Management Specialization Courses:

 

ADMI 821 Artificial Intelligence for Business: Methods and Applications (3.00)
ADMI 8201ADMI 8202ADMI 8203‌   

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in business administration or equivalent with high academic standing, from a recognized university.
  • Applicants with a Master's degree in a field related to the proposed area of research may be admitted subject to satisfactory completion of qualifying requirements, if necessary, by taking up to five prerequisite courses in addition to the required coursework in the graduate program. The specific courses to be taken are determined by the Program Director depending on the student’s background and area of specialization.
  • Applicants must submit proof of satisfactory performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

    Application process

    Application deadlines

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    FALL

    January 15

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    WINTER

    n/a

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    SUMMER

    n/a

    Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

    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.

    Tuition & funding

    Tuition and fees

    Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

    Awards and funding

    Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come 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. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

    The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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