Queen’s School of Business is one of the world’s premier business schools - renowned for exceptional programs, outstanding faculty and research, and the quality of its graduates. It is home to a strong research environment where you will collaborate with leading faculty who are widely published in peer-reviewed journals, giving you the chance to deeply explore issues that interest you. Prominent researchers provide cutting-edge instruction in eight fields of study: Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, Management Information Systems, Management Science, Marketing, Organizational Behaviour, and Strategy (M.Sc. only).
The PhD and MSc program is tailored to fit your area of specialization. The program features a series of challenging courses and research opportunities in a structure that allows you to hone your analytic and research skills and offers the tools to generate advanced research. Our goal is to provide the necessary tools to promote success. Students work and study in our modern facilities, including a dedicated office space, computer lab, behavioural lab, wireless classrooms and have access to the research subject pool, and the latest software and database applications.
"My experience as a graduate student at the Queen’s School of Business has been both challenging and rewarding. While I believe that a love of research is integral to success in a graduate program, I would not have been able to get through this program without the institutional and relational support that has been given to me from the Queen’s School of Business. Within the department, the people have truly made the place. The support I have gained from my supervisor, my research group, my cohort, other faculty members and support staff is what makes Queen’s truly unique. Every graduate program is challenging but having a support system such as the one I have had at Queen’s makes it possible to succeed."
—Alyson Byrne, Ph.D. candidate
Degrees Offered / Length of Program / Method of Completion
- M.Sc.: 12 months, full time - six courses plus a research project
- Ph.D.: 4-5 years, full time - course work, comprehensive exam, thesis proposal and defence
Degree Level Expectations & Learning Outcomes
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Students can expect a vibrant research culture within the School. Research seminars, visiting scholars, research opportunities with faculty, and a host of workshops provide a stimulating environment to learn. In a typical academic year, approximately 80 visiting speakers, dozens of workshops and seminars are hosted in the School which provides a productive and stimulating research culture
Supervisors and Fields of Study
Our faculty have consistently distinguished themselves with respect to research, winning numerous awards and holding prestigious editorial positions. Our faculty includes a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Queen’s Research Chair and 24 Research Fellows and Professors who publish regularly in top-tier journals in their areas of specialization. Students will have an opportunity to meet with all faculty to learn about current research and discuss research ideas to help them find a supervisor.
- The Accounting program addresses two broad streams of research from financial accounting and market-based research on the one hand, to auditing, and managerial and behavioural accounting on the other. The program is both theoretical and quantitative, and students should be comfortable with abstract conceptualization as well as quantitative methods and statistics.
- In the Finance program students will develop a deeper grounding in finance theory, and empiricism and delves into advanced derivatives valuation, corporate finance, empirical topics in finance, and research methods. This is primarily for students from finance or economics backgrounds wishing to pursue a doctoral degree or a career in industry.
- Research in the Marketing program examines a range of marketing strategy and consumer behaviour phenomena. With internet technology empowering consumers in their ability to engage in value co-creation with companies, research into how companies devise marketing strategy in this environment, and how customers proactively create value is leading to fascinating insights. In conducting research in the Marketing field, students will draw on a variety of background disciplines (such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, media and cultural studies, to name the most common), and research methods (behavioural, quantitative, and qualitative).
- The Organizational Behavior program is for students interested in developing and testing theory and research on people in organizational settings. The field draws on several disciplines (psychology, sociology, economics) and examines the behavior of individuals, groups and organizations. This program is suitable for students with backgrounds in psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, industrial relations, education and business.
- Drawing heavily on economics and mathematics, Management Science applies analytical approaches to problems of resource allocation and optimal decision making in organizations, and involves rigorous theoretical analysis and the application of mathematical methods to compelling organizational problems.
- The Business Economics specialization provides students interested in applied economics research the opportunity to study the areas of economics that connect to the business environment. Students will develop grounding in microeconomic theory, econometrics and many specialized topics such as the economics of organizations with applications to corporate financial theory, industrial organizations, entrepreneurship and strategy.
- The Management Information Systems focuses on research-based systems and processes that facilitate better decisions in organizations. Students complete courses on the conceptual foundations of MIS, development and implementation of information systems, and the management and evaluation of information systems.
- The purpose of Strategy is to establish the long term goals and objectives of an organization, and to identify the policies, programs and actions that will be employed to achieve them. Good strategy clarifies why the organization exists and helps it to allocate its resources to create sustainable competitive advantage. This program examines the conceptual foundations of strategy and the means by which strategy is formulated and implemented within the organization.
Ph.D. graduates go on to academic careers, and are employed in top tier universities in Canada and internationally.
M.Sc. graduates have an opportunity to enter into high quality PhD programs or pursue research analyst and consulting careers.
- M.Sc.: $12,000. Students may also apply for funding to present at a conference. Additional funding through fellowships, awards, bursaries and research assistantships are also possible.
- Ph.D: $25,000 per year for four years. In addition students can expect $1000 per year to attend a conference and an additional funding if presenting at a conference. Students may also receive additional funding through fellowships, awards, bursaries, teaching and research assistantships.
- M.Sc.: minimum B+ average in the last two years of university study in a discipline related to your field of study. M.Sc. applicants must have a four year undergraduate degree.
- Ph.D.: Master’s degree with A average in order to apply.
- GMAT is required
- TOEFL if required.
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