PhD in Administration - HEC Montréal, Canada

Publish Date: Oct 26, 2016

Deadline: Jan 15, 2017

About the Phd Program

  • Bilingual program. You can do all your courses and your thesis in English, if you wish.
  • Offered by HEC Montréal jointly with Concordia and McGill universities and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM).
  • Daytime, full-time courses allowing you to complete your studies in four years.
  • Tuition fees waived and competitive funding for the first four years of your studies.


Phase I - Preparation (If Necessary)

Qualifying courses in the specialization (preparatory or introductory courses)

Phase II – Specialization: 30 Credits

  • 7 to 12 courses (depending on the specialization)
  • Comprehensive exam (oral and written parts)

This phase may include a first scientific paper.

Phase III – Dissertation: 60 Credits

  • Public presentation of the dissertation proposal
  • Writing of the dissertation
  • Defence

Phase II and III Supervisory Committees

The student is supervised by two committees. The Phase II committee validates the student’s coursework, supervises the scientific paper and administers the comprehensive exam. The Phase III committee (or dissertation committee) supervises the student’s dissertation research work.

These two committees consist of at least 3 members drawn, in principle, from the management faculties of the different universities participating in the joint program. Barring exceptional circumstances, the committee is chaired by an associate professor or full professor from HEC Montréal.

Ten Specializations in the PHD in Administration Program

Contact the professor responsible for the specialization you are interested in to discuss:

  • supervising your research
  • program details
  • your research project

Application deadline

  • Fall Term - January 15
  • Winter Term -  No admission 
  • Summer Term - No admission
  • Check our Academic Calendar for more information.

The program requires a minimum full-time residency of 3 years.

Accounting Studies

Management accounting; financial accounting; international accounting; business ethics, governance and social responsibility; taxation; strategic financial information; investigative and forensic accounting; financial information quality; auditing (private- and public-sector).

Professor responsible: Yves Bozec

Applied Economics

Health economics; labour economics; financial economics; international economics; the environment; open macroeconomics; industrial organization; monetary policy.

Professor responsible: Hafedh Bouazek (Department of Applied Economics)


Insurance; banks; financial econometrics; business financing; portfolio and risk management; financial markets and institutions; capital market theory.

Professor responsible: Alexandre Jeanneret (Departement of Finance)

Human Resources Management

Attracting and retaining talent; skills management; conflict management; strategic HR management; mobilization and empowerment; globalization and labour; new employment statuses; innovative HRM practices.

Professor responsible: Olivier Doucet

Information Technologies

Acceptance of IT; IT use; effects of simultaneous technology use; IT project management; strategic management of IT; IT outsourcing and offshoring; IT implementation; enterprise information systems; IT for the healthcare sector; e-government; IT and pedagogy; impacts of mobile applications; NeuroIS.

Professor responsible: Suzanne Rivard (Department of Information Technologies)

International Business

International trade; international and comparative political economics; international finance; the geopolitics of international business; management of knowledge and innovations; risk management in international business; market globalization; international strategies.

Professor responsible: David Doloreux


Organizational change; sustainable development; entrepreneurship; intercultural management; innovation and creativity; leadership; management; business strategy.

Professor responsible: Isabelle Le Breton-Miller

Management Sciences

Decision analysis; data mining; financial engineering; combinatorial optimization; operational research; stochastic simulations and processes; statistics and data analysis.

Professor responsible: Georges Zaccour


The anthropology of consumption; marketing databases; e-commerce; marketing communication and branding; consumer behaviour; business marketing and services marketing; arts marketing; games theory in marketing.

Professor responsible: Jean-Sébastien Marcoux

Logistics and Operations Management

Process and quality improvement; supply chain management; supply management; departmental operations management; environmental management of operations; healthcare logistics; operations strategies; transportation and distribution.

Professor responsible: Raf Jans

Program Details

Level          Ph. D.

Credits       90 credits

Study Type Full time

Schedule    Day

Cycle          3rd cycle

International Students

Estimated tuition fees for the first 6 terms

Tuition and other fees :  $7 600 (or $500 if the scholarship exempting tuition is fully applied to the tuition).


Tuition $7 155.15
Student association   $25.00 
Insurance student association   $0.75
HEC Montréal fundraising campaign/donation   $10.00
Copyrights   $7.07
Supervision and promotion   $77.85
General fees   $41.57
Technology fees   $142.50
Revue Gestion   $2.00
Student services   $155.95
Total $7 617.84

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