• Schulich’s PhD in Marketing centres on research and emphasizes the relationship between theory development and empirical analysis. It offers unprecedented depth in certain areas of specialization, and also offers students a broad background across several of marketing’s core disciplines.

    Students will develop the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills that are necessary to become successful, productive researchers, as well as the teaching experience and training to communicate this new knowledge. Graduates of the program have the ability and motivation to conduct meaningful, interesting, and significant research on a variety of marketing-related problems and issues.

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Student admission is restricted to full-time study exclusively for the first four years. It is not recommended to be working outside of the PhD program during your studies. Students must be able to participate in the PhD program in Toronto.

Typically, a PhD in marketing will take at least four years to complete. The first two years will be dedicated to graduate-level coursework.

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Specialization Requirements

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In general, most students focus in one of four areas: consumer culture theory, consumer information processing, marketing strategy or international marketing. The training students receive in consumer culture is anchored in anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies, while consumer information processing students focus on cognitive and social psychology and decision making. Students interested in strategic and international marketing often drill down on economic and management theories.

Doctoral students must complete four marketing seminars, two courses in a minor area (typically in an allied discipline such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, management studies, cultural studies, statistics, or economics), and four method (DCAD) courses.

Core Course Requirements

an ANOVA/regression course taken at Master’s or PhD level


Elective requirements:

Two electives in a Minor Field (may be taken outside of the Schulich School of Business). To browse all of our course offerings, please visit our Course Catalog.


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Schulich's Marketing faculty actively publishes in the top journals in the world. They develop and promote new research methodologies and work closely with students to define solid research questions, develop a plan of study and identify scholarly publication outlets. Our doctoral program offers students an interdisciplinary environment to generate creative ideas and hypotheses, the analytical skills to assess them, and the training to communicate them.

The following faculty are accredited by the Schulich School of Business and the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the supervision of doctoral students:

Career Opportunities

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  • Placement of Recent Graduates


    Sean T. Hingston – Western University, Canada


    Leah Schneider – University of Oregon, USA


    Arundhati Bhattacharyya – Indian Institute of Management Udaipur, India

    Zhennan Wang – Syracuse University, USA (post doc)

    Pierre-Yann Dolbec – Concordia University, Canada


    Amanda Earley – University of Leicester, UK

    Andrew Smith – Merrimack College, USA


    Kamila Sobol – Concordia University, Canada

    Aron Darmody – Suffolk University, USA


    Eric Li – University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Canada

    Daiane Scaraboto – Pontifical Catholic University of Chile


    Sutapa Aditya – Long Island University, USA

    Ahir Gopaldas – Fordham University, USA

    Sarah JS Wilner – Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

    Brynn Winegard – Ryerson University, Canada


    Andrew Wilson – Saint Mary’s College of California, USA 


    Marie-Agnes Parmentier – HEC Montreal, Canada 

Student Research

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  • A critical component to academic scholarship is the dissemination of knowledge through peer-reviewed scholarly journals (e.g., Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, etc.). Faculty and students work closely together from the first year of the program to develop the skills necessary for scholarly success—defining solid research questions, developing a plan of study for the questions, and identifying scholarly outlets for the findings.

    Selected Publications

    2018 Nükhet Taylor, Theodore J. Noseworthy, and Ethan Pancer, “Supersize My Chances: Promotional Lotteries Impact Product Size Choices,” Journal of Consumer Psychology, Forthcoming.

    2018 Mariam Humayun and Russell Belk, “Satoshi is dead. Long live Satoshi – The Curious Case of Bitcoin’s Creator,” Research in Consumer Behavior, Vol. 19, pp. 19-36.

    2017 Luciana Velloso and Mirabel Suarez, “Social Representation of Cigarettes in Brazillian Popular Culture,” Revista Interdisciplinar de Marketing, Vol. 7, 1. 

    2017 Angela da Rocha, Beatriz Kury, Rodrigo Tomassini, Luciana Velloso, “Strategic Responses to Environmental Turbulence: A Study of Four Brazilian Exporting Cultures,” Journal of Regional Research. 

    2016 Maribel Suarez, Roberta Dias Campos, Leticia Moreira Casotti, Luciana Velloso, “So Hard to Say Goodbye? An Investigation into the Symbolic Aspects of Unintended Disposition Practices,” Journal of Consumer Behaviour, Vol. 15, 5, 420-429. 

    Selected Presentations

    2018 Nükhet Taylor, Theodore J. Noseworthy, and Ethan Pancer, “Uncertain Reward Campaigns Impact Product Size Choices,” presented at Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP) Annual Winter Conference, Dallas, TX.

    2018 Gülay Taltekin Güzel and Eileen Fischer, “When a House Can’t Be Your Home: How Markets Manage Supply Scarcity,” presented at Consumer Culture Theory (CCT) Annual Conference, Odense, Denmark. 

    2018 Mariam Humayun and Russell Belk, “Trust No One. Verify Everything: Bitcoin,” presented at Association for Consumer Research (ACR) Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

    2018 Mariam Humayun and Russell Belk, “The United Nodes of Bitcoin,” presented at Consumer Culture Theory (CCT) Annual Conference, Odense, Denmark. 

    2018 Russell Belk and Mariam Humayun, “When Objects Trump Subjects,” presented at European Association for Consumer Research (EACR) Annual Conference, Ghent, Belgium.

    2017 Luciana Velloso and Eileen Fischer, “Where Do We Go From Here? Consumer-Brand Relationships After Brands Do Bad,” presented at Association for Consumer Research (ACR) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. 

    Recent Dissertation Topics

    • 2018 Sean T. Hingston – Essentialism, Moral Opposition, and the Aversion to Genetically Modified Foods
    • 2017 Leah Schneider – The Activist Tale of Emergent Crowds and Mobilized Communities: Investigating the Interplay Between Consumer Activism and Consumer Collectives
    • 2016 Arundhati Bhattacharyya – Technology Metaphors at the Base of the Pyramid
    • 2016 Pierre-Yann Dolbec – How Do Mainstream Cultural Market Categories Emerge: A Multi-Level Analysis of the Creation of Electronic Dance Music
    • 2014 Amanda Earley – From Occupy Wall Street to Occupying the Academy: Three Interventions from One Demonstration
    • 2014 Andrew Smith – Sensegiving Word-of-Mouth and Collective Sensemaking About Epistemic Objects
    • 2013 Kamila Sobol – Goal Disengagement Via “Vicarious Affect” : Why Visualizations of an Ideal Self Demotivate Consumer Behavior 
    • 2013 Aron Darmody – Place, Meeting and Sociality: Exploring Fullness in the Themed Retail Environment
    • 2012 Eric Li – The Production and Consumption of Ethnicity in a Multi-Cultural Marketplace: A Case Study of Chinese-Canadian in Toronto
    • 2012 Daiane Scaraboto – From Co-Creation to Cultures of Circulation: Understanding Market Dynamics in Value-Creating Networks
    • 2011 Sutapa Aditya – To Tell the Truth; It Doesn’t Really Matter: The Role of Entertainment in Propagating Unlikely Brand Rumours
    • 2011 Ahir Gopaldas – Essays on Consumption
    • 2011 Sarah JS Wilner – Can I See Some Identification? An Examination of Product Development Managers’ Relationships with there Imagined Consumers
    • 2011 Brynn Winegard – Knowledge Creation in New Product Development Teams: A Contingency Theory of the Effectiveness of Knowledge Integration Mechanisms
    • 2010 Andrew Wilson – The Defensive Trust Effect: Consumers’ Use of Belief in a Just World to Cope with Consumption Threat
    • 2009 Marie-Agnes Parmentier – Consuming and Producing Human Brands: A Study of Online Fans of Reality TV

Research Seminar Series

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  • “How Sharing Affects Perceived Product Efficacy”

    Presented by Lauren Block, PhD
    Lippert Professor of Marketing, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, CUNY

    Areas of Expertise:
    Helping Organizations Strategize and Effectively Shape Their Communications in Varied Media, Such as Traditional Advertising and the Internet

    Friday, September 21, 2018
    10:30am to 12:00pm  Room S127

    Event is open to Faculty and PhD