The Queen’s School of Business PhD program is designed to develop highly skilled and ethical researchers who discover and transmit new knowledge that contributes meaningfully to the academic community, the broader business community, and society. As a Queen’s PhD student, you will foster the critical thinking skills necessary to serve as a respected researcher, teacher, colleague and mentor, respectful of the diversity of methodologies, philosophies and perspectives through which contributions to knowledge can be made.
There are three stages to the PhD program structure, each designed to help you learn the skills necessary to develop a successful academic career. The three stages of the PhD program are:
The first two years of the PhD program are comprised of the following three components, each designed to capture the foundational skills you will need for your academic career.
This part of the program, which is common to all PhD students across all areas of specialization, is designed to help you:
This part of the program helps you hone the fundamental skills in research methods that are tailored to your research interests. Students in the “Behavioural” subject areas, such as Behavioural Accounting, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Organizational Behaviour, will follow the Behavioural Core courses. Students in the “Quantitative” subject areas, such as Business Economics, Financial Accounting, Finance, and Management Science, will follow the Quantitative Core courses.
After completing the first two years of coursework, all students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam in their respective areas of specialization. The comprehensive exam, which is conducted at the end of your second year in the program, is designed to help you solidify the foundational knowledge and research skills you will need to successfully complete your thesis, and ultimately emerge as an independent scholar.
After successfully passing the comprehensive exam, students are ready to move on to the thesis development stage of the PhD program. This stage typically takes 2 – 3 years, but includes more than just completing a PhD thesis. In addition to the development of your thesis, you will continue to build on the foundational skills established in the first stage of the program, by working to build your stream of research in collaboration with your faculty mentor; serving as a mentor to students just entering the PhD program; continuing to develop your teaching skills by assuming independent teaching opportunities; participating in academic conferences in order to present your research ideas to other scholars in the field; garnering faculty and program support as you pursue academic career opportunities.