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Our PhD program is full-time only, and it is not a distance education program. All students must complete the minimum six terms of full-time enrolment at the beginning of the program or nine terms in the case of students fast-tracked from the master’s.

Core Courses

The requirements of the PhD program in Management include successful completion of 27 units of coursework, a comprehensive examination (oral and written), a thesis proposal, and a thesis.

All students enrolled in the program (regardless of their chosen field) will take two common compulsory courses.

MGT7101 METHODOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MANAGEMENT RESEARCH (3cr.)

Theoretical and methodological foundations of management research and research ethics are explored. Topics include the purpose of social science research; nature and role of theories; relationship between facts and values; theory construction, testing, falsification and inference; "positivist" and "non-positivist" methods; social studies of science and scientists; and research ethics involving human subjects.

Students who have taken MGT5100 or MHS5301 at the Telfer School of Management as part of their MSc in Management or MSc in Health Systems will replace MGT7101 with another methods or analysis course of their choosing, which they will identify in collaboration with their supervisor. 

MGT7102 THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF MANAGEMENT (3cr.)

The foundations of various management disciplines are examined in the context of emerging and sometimes conflicting theoretical paradigms such as rationale exchange process, sustainability, responsible management and need to balance environmental, economic and social outcomes.

Methods and Analysis Courses

All students will take a minimum of 9 units of research methods and analysis courses, including:

MGT 7302 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (3 CR.)

MGT 7103 ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN MANAGEMENT (3 cr.)

Topics covered include measurement, univariate and simple multivariate statistics such as: simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, logistic regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, principal components analysis, exploratory factor analysis. Students will use major statistical packages to accomplish the work.

Advanced Courses

In addition to the 6 units of core courses, and the 9 units of methods and analysis courses, students will take 9 units (3 courses) of advanced courses in their chosen field of study. Information on these courses is listed in the field-specific pages.

  • MGT8101 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING (3cr.)
  • MGT8102 ACCOUNTING AND CONTROL (3cr.)
  • MGT8103 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING & CONTROL RESEARCH (3cr.)

OR

  • MGT8104 THEORETICAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH 1 (3cr.)
  • MGT8105 ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH (3cr.)
  • MGT8106 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP RESEARCH (3cr.)

OR

  • MGT8107 FINANCE (3cr.)
  • MGT8108 RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FINANCE RESEARCH (3cr.)
  • MGT8109 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FINANCE RESEARCH (3cr.)

OR

  • MGT8110 CURRENT ISSUES IN HEALTH SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: SYSTEMS, INFORMATICS AND ANALYTICS   (3cr.)
  • MGT8111 RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS FOR HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH (3cr.) (note, this course is not offered during the current academic year; it is replaced by MGT 8110B CURRENT ISSUES IN HEALTH SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: MACRO AND MICRO LEVEL HEALTH ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT)
  • MGT8112 SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH (3cr.)

OR

  • MGT8113 FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN RESOURCES (3cr.)
  • MGT8114 FUNDAMENTALS OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3cr.)
  • MGT8115 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT RESEARCH (3cr.)

In collaboration with their Thesis Advisory Committee, students may take a content course offered by another academic unit, in lieu of a Special Topics course, if deemed a better fit for their thesis research.

Optional Courses

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the PhD program, all students will take one optional course (3 units) selected from a field of the PhD in Management other than the student’s primary field of study.

Comprehensive Examination and Thesis

The Comprehensive Examination must normally be completed within five terms of commencing the program and, at the latest, by the end of the sixth term. A student who fails either the written or the oral component of the exam is allowed to repeat it the following term. A second failure leads to withdrawal from the program.

MGT9997 COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

The Comprehensive Examination is a two-part examination (written and oral) that is overseen by the Comprehensive Examination Committee. Once the written exam has been passed, the student proceeds to the oral. The comprehensive examination must be passed before the student can propose his or her thesis.

MGT9998 THESIS PROPOSAL

The thesis proposal, prepared under the direction of the thesis supervisor, must be defended to the satisfaction of the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC).

THD9999 THESIS

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