PhD in Administration (PhD) Program Details

  • The Schulich doctorate comprises four tightly linked phases of study: coursework to acquire in-depth knowledge of your field of study; a comprehensive examination to demonstrate your mastery of the subject matter; defense of a formal research proposal; and a dissertation.

    From the outset of the PhD program, you are invited to start thinking about the direction of your research. Scholarly development, through the presentation and publication of papers with professors and other students, is a cornerstone of the program.

    Once students have firmly established their research objectives, they are given significant exposure to best practices in teaching and course development through the Centre for Teaching Excellence and York University’s Teaching Commons.

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  • Professor Eileen Fischer, PhD Program Director
    Professor Eileen Fischer, PhD Program Director

Study Options

The PhD must be taken on a full-time basis for the first two years of study. To remain eligible for funding, students must maintain their full-time status.

Available delivery options

  • Full-time 48 to 72 months


  • Keele Campus Toronto
Graduation Requirements
  • Curriculum Overview

    Students take a series of core courses to acquire in-depth knowledge of the field they choose to major in. There are four types of doctorate level courses: DCAD Core Courses, Major Field Core Courses, Major Field Elective Courses and Minor Field(s) Elective Courses.

     Learn more about PhD Course Types 

    Coursework only accounts for one of four phases in the PhD program. For a more detailed overview of the PhD program’s four broad phases of study, view program requirements.

    The courses you take are dependent on your particular program of study and research interests. To see which courses are required for your area of interest, view specializations.

    To browse all of our course offerings, view current PhD course offerings or visit our Course Catalog.


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    Coursework is intended to prepare students to carry out leading-edge research in their major field. A student’s coursework plan is developed in consultation with the faculty member from the student’s field who has been assigned as an advisor.

    Students entering the PhD program without an MBA adegree re required to do a number of Schulich MBA 1 Required Foundations of Management Core Courses. They must also complete two courses in each of two minor fields.

    Comprehensive Examination

    Students must pass a comprehensive examination which allows them to demonstrate competence in and knowledge of their major field. The comprehensive is normally scheduled to take place 24 months after entry to the PhD program. The nature of the comprehensive ranges from “closed-book” examinations held over two days, to “open-book” examinations held over a week.

    Research Proposal

    Students are required to submit a formal proposal outlining their research topic and their plan for completing the research. The proposal has to be presented to (or defended), and approved by an individual’s dissertation committee. Typically, students are expected to defend their proposal within 36 months of entering the program.

    The research proposal usually consists of a well researched statement of intent, together with some preliminary results.

    Presented to the student’s dissertation advisory committee and interested faculty members, the committee then assesses whether the research proposed is likely to produce results of sufficient significance to merit the degree.


    The dissertation is the written document that embodies the results of a student’s original research. The dissertation is the core of the PhD program and it is judged by its originality and its contribution to the student’s major field.

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  • Funding

    Students entering Schulich’s PhD program may expect to receive $32,000 (domestic) and $37,000 (international) each year, up to five years. This funding is guaranteed, provided that students remain in good standing, show satisfactory progress in their work, maintain full-time status and fulfill the expected requirements. If a student defends his/her dissertation proposal before September 15 in his/her fourth year, he/she is eligible to receive an additional $2000 in year four. Funding in years one through three is tied to a research assistantship. Details are available from the PhD program.

    In addition, students will have opportunities to pursue special awards through Schulich and York University, a limited number of International Student Fellowships, a loan program through RBC, and options for working on and off campus. For full details click below.

    Financial Aid for PhD Students