Business Administration PhD

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

    Additional Admission Requirements

    Students are accepted only for full-time study.

    Meritorious students enrolled in the Master of Science program at the John Molson School of Business who have completed all program requirements except for the thesis may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies in the same discipline without submitting a master's thesis. These students are expected to meet the same PhD program requirements as all other students. Applicants must select their area of specialization from the departments of Accountancy, Supply Chain and Business Technology Management, Finance, Management or Marketing, at the time of application. Enrolment in the program is strictly limited and applicants are selected on the basis of past academic record, letters of recommendation and the relevance of their proposed research to the areas of specialization of the department concerned.

    Requests to transfer to another specialization are treated within the normal application process in the new area of specialization.

    Degree Requirements

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

    Please see the Business Administration PhD Courses for course descriptions.

    Qualifying Phase

    PhD in Business Administration Qualifying Courses (6 credits)

    6

    credits:

    MSCA 602 Applied Linear Statistical Models (3.00)
    MSCA 683 Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (3.00)

    Note:

    MSCA 602 and MSCA 683 may not be required depending on previous studies.

    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)


    Phase II

    12

    credits of Required Courses

    ADMI 870 Research Methodology in Management (3.00)
    ADMI 880 Seminar in Pedagogical Methods (3.00)
    ADMI 889 Comprehensive Examinations (6.00)

    18

    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.

    Phase III

    60

    credits:

    ADMI 890 Thesis (60.00)

    PhD Seminars in Business Economics

    ADMI 800 Seminar in Business Economics (3.00)

    PhD Seminars in Organizational Behaviour

    ADMI 810 Seminar in Organizational Behaviour (3.00)
    ADMI 811 Seminar in Organizational Behaviour (3.00)
    ADMI 812 Seminar in Organizational Behaviour (3.00)
    ADMI 813 Seminar in Organizational Behaviour (3.00)
    ADMI 814 Seminar in Organizational Behaviour (3.00)
    ADMI 815 Seminar in Organizational Behaviour (3.00)

    PhD Seminars in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems

    ADMI 820 Seminar in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems (3.00)
    ADMI 821 Seminar in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems (3.00)
    ADMI 822 Seminar in Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems (3.00)

    PhD Seminars in Marketing

    ADMI 830 Seminar in Marketing (3.00)
    ADMI 831 Seminar in Marketing (3.00)
    ADMI 832 Seminar in Marketing (3.00)

    PhD Seminars in Finance

    ADMI 840 Seminar in Finance (3.00)
    ADMI 841 Seminar in Finance (3.00)

    PhD Seminars in Business Policy and Strategy

    ADMI 850 Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
    ADMI 851 Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
    ADMI 852 Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
    ADMI 855 Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)
    ADMI 858 Seminar in Business Policy and Strategy (3.00)

    PhD Seminars in Accountancy and Control

    ADMI 860 Seminar in Accountancy and Control (3.00)
    ADMI 861 Seminar in Accountancy and Control (3.00)

    Additional Degree Requirements

    Credits. A fully-qualified candidate entering the program with a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Science degree is required to complete a minimum of 90 credits. Candidates admitted with a Master’s degree in other disciplines will, in general, be required to complete more than the minimum number of credits. The program consists of three consecutive phases: qualification, specialization, and thesis.

    Academic Regulations

    1. Credit Load. The normal course load for PhD students during Phase I and Phase II of the program is 9 credits in each of the fall and winter terms. In exceptional circumstances, a student in good standing may be granted permission to reduce their credit load.
    2. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
    3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations page for further details regarding the Time Limits. Students will have a maximum of three years (nine semesters) in which to complete Phase I and Phase II requirements from the date of original registration in the program. Students with significant pre-requisite requirements may be granted a one-term extension. The Written and Oral Comprehensive Examinations must be completed within one term (four months) following completion of course work.
    4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

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