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, John Molson's faculty and graduate students are busy creating innovative solutions to many contemporary business problems.
The minimum number of credits is to be determined upon acceptance to the program. Students without a formal academic background in business administration will be required to take up to five (5) 3-credit courses, usually at the MBA, or MSc level, from among the following disciplines: business economics, organizational behaviour, decision sciences and management information systems, marketing, finance, business policy and strategy, accountancy and control. Up to two (2) 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. Additional fees per credit will apply.
Course Phase and Thesis Phase
The program of study is determined by the student’s Phase II supervisory committee. The minimum course requirement of this phase is 30 credits as outlined below.
Business Administration PhD (90 credits)
credits of Required Courses
•ADMI 870Research Methodology in Management (3.00)
credits of Elective Courses with a minimum of 4 courses (12 credits) chosen from one of the following areas of specialization, plus a minimum of 1 additional course (3 credits).
The area of specialization can be organizational behaviour, decision sciences, management information, systems marketing
finance, business policy and strategy, and accountancy and control. Students may also choose a related interdisciplinary field such as international business, or a significant subfield such as consumer behaviour.
A minimum of one additional course (3 credits) may be chosen from the student’s area of specialization or in another area as determined by their supervisor.
Directed Reading Courses may not be taken for credit.
•ADMI 850Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
•ADMI 851Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
•ADMI 852Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
•ADMI 855Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
•ADMI 858Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
PhD Seminars in Accountancy and Control
•ADMI 860Seminar in Accountancy and Control (3.00)
•ADMI 861Seminar in Accountancy and Control (3.00)
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 English language proficiency page for further information on 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.
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
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.