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MSc in Strategy

The MSc in Strategy provides students with the theoretical and methodological foundations to conduct research in the fields of strategic management and organization theory. This literature examines how organizations develop strategy to build competitive advantage or to achieve specific economic, reputational or social goals, how industries evolve, and how organizations relate to their institutional and social environments.

Students will have an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in the areas of competitive strategy, strategy-making process, corporate intelligence, industry transformation, institutional change, culture and organizations, strategic alliances, acquisitions, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial networks, etc. Building on their course work, students will work on a research project in the area of their interest. Graduates of the MSc program typically continue with PhD studies at Queen’s University or at other top-tier institutions, although some graduates have taken positions in management consulting or corporate strategy. In recent years, graduates of the Smith MSc program in Strategy have received offers to enter the PhD program at top tier institutions including Stanford University, London Business School, University of Michigan, Duke University, Wharton, Cornell University, among many others.

The Strategy and Organization area is an active research group whose members publish in top-tier academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, among others. Our Faculty members sit on the editorial boards of leading journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Strategic Organization. Smith Strategy faculty have received prestigious research awards, as well as numerous competitive research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and other granting agencies.

Is this Specialization for you?

Discover how this program aligns with your academic or research oriented career goals. Request a virtual one-on-one meeting with a member of our program team.

Recommended Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business or Commerce
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Policy Studies
  • Other degrees in Engineering or Arts & Science will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Typically, the GMAT/GRE scores of successful candidates are around the 80th percentile or higher.

Program Structure and Content

This is a 12-month program beginning in September. Each student is required to complete the following courses and a research project of publishable quality. Course work completion consists of the following:

Course Credits
Introduction to Research Methodology (MGMT 801) 1.5
Experimental Research Method Design (MGMT 803) 1.5
Statistics I (MGMT 800) 3
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MGMT 905) or Contemporary Organization Theory & Nonmarket Strategy (MGMT 805) 3
Survey Research Method Design (MGMT 804) 1.5
Qualitative Research Method Design (MGMT 802) 1.5
Corporate Strategy Dynamics (MGMT 906) or Strategy Processes (MGMT 806)* 3
Advanced Topics in Organization Theory (MGMT 952) or Contemporary Issues in Strategy Management* (MGMT 907) 3

Major Research Project (MGMT 898)


*Offered in rotation

“Queen’s global reputation was a huge part of my decision to enroll at Smith. After working in the international development sector in Pakistan, I wanted to get more education in the field of research. I was convinced I was going to go for a PhD, but a few months in, I realized I might be interested in industry. I had lots of opportunities to build my degree towards a career in industry, including an experiential learning component which ultimately led to my current role as a research analyst at Leger. Having that kind of exposure to the labour market was life changing. It helped me understand the Canadian working culture and was pivotal in training me for my next career adventure.”

Sarim Jamal, MSc (Specialization: Strategy)
Research Analyst
Toronto, Ont.