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Program Structure

The first two years of the PhD program are designed to capture the foundational skills needed for your academic career. It consists of a common core with curriculum that is shared by all students across all area groups, as well as behavioural or quantitative core based on your specialization. After completing core curriculum, students complete a comprehensive exam in their respective area of specialization.

The thesis development stage of the program typically takes two to three years. During this period, students continue to build on the foundational skills established in the core curriculum by developing their stream of research in collaboration with a faculty mentor, assuming independent teaching opportunities, serving as a mentor to students entering the PhD program, participating in academic conferences and pursuing academic career opportunities.


The PhD in Management program includes nine areas of specialization featuring challenging courses that expose students to the content and application of research methods relevant to their area of interest. Regardless of the specialization you choose, the curriculum includes Introduction to Research Methodology, Teaching Workshops and Practicum, and a thesis.


This specialization offers those interested in enhancing knowledge in the field of accounting the opportunity to pursue one of two broad streams: Finance/Economics or Social/Behavioural.


Drawing heavily on economics, mathematics and behavioural science, this specialization explores analytics approaches to problems of resource allocation and optimal decision-making in business, industry, government and other organizations.

Business Economics

Develop expertise in advance economic theory, quantitative analysis and applied research with emphasis on the business and management of organizations, including applications to innovation and entrepreneurship, industrial organization, competitive strategy and international trade.


Explore both classical and cutting-edge research in capital markets, corporate finance, asset pricing, financial institutions and investments. This specialization exposes students to diverse financial research and helps them acquire the technical skills to conduct their own innovative research with potential applications for both practitioners and academics.

International Business

Dive into the key elements of a global strategic orientation by examining the ways in which economic globalization and international presence impacts organizational processes and business strategy. This specialization also covers the major terms, constructs, theories, and debates in the cross-cultural management field. Not accepting applications for the 2024 intake year.

Management Information Systems

This specialization draws on a wide range of disciplines to examine the impact of digital technology and data on individuals, groups, organizations and society. Beyond course work, students learn how to design and conduct research studies that enhance knowledge and impact technology management practices.


Design and conduct research studies that enhance knowledge across the marketing spectrum, including branding, brand management, consumer persuasion, consumer fairness, consumer activism, and the impact and use of social media.

Organizational Behaviour

This specialization draws on several disciplines, including psychology, sociology and economics in examining the behaviour of individuals, groups and organizations. It is designed to be accessible to students from academic backgrounds spanning social sciences, business and education interested in conducting applied research in the field. Not accepting applications for the 2024 intake year.


This specialization is an interdisciplinary area that combines theories from sociology, economics, and psychology to study how organizations relate to their economic, institutional and social environment. Through coursework and faculty mentorship students gain the theoretical and methodological foundations to conduct research in the fields of strategic management and organization theory.