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PhD in Administration

Doctorat en administration (Ph. D.)

Contribute to advancing scientific knowledge in the management field. Do your PhD studies at a world-class school, with research units and faculty recognized for their rigorous approach and quest for excellence.

Your PhD in short

  • 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.

World-class research and faculty

27 research chairs

including 5 Canada Research Chairs

240 professors at HEC Montréal

with research funding totalling $11.5 million

Nearly 600 professors

at the four partner universities

Benefit from the professional and personal experience of your fellow students

6 out of 10

are international students or permanent residents

138 students at HEC Montréal

out of the 440 in the joint program

355 HEC Montréal graduates

out of a total of 750 in the entire joint program

74% of graduates

become professors

…for a career in academia

“During my studies, I worked with an expert supervisor who is one of the best scholars in our field. I received support in applying for external funding and awards. I worked on different research projects, attended international conferences, and taught various courses. My PhD from HEC Montréal has made me a more confident and capable researcher and teacher.”

Mohammad Moeini Lecturer, University of Sussex, United Kingdom PhD in Administration – Information Technologies (2015)

…for a career in business

“HEC Montréal’s rigorous and demanding learning environment gave me the opportunity to enrich my academic experience along with some of the world's preeminent scholars. The school gathered top industry representatives at its career fair and helped me land my dream job. Currently, I am dealing with modelling, business analysis, and simulations with lots of learning opportunities.”

Elnaz Kanani Kuchesfehani Technology Consultant, Information Management and Analytics Technology, Deloitte Canada

HEC Montréal : Among the global élite

  • Founded in 1907, HEC Montréal was Canada’s first university-level business school.
  • It was the first in North America to earn the three most prestigious accreditations in its field:
  • Fewer than 70 business schools, and only two in Canada, hold this three-fold mark of quality.

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

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
Ph. D.
90 credits
Study type
  • Full time
  • Day
3rd cycle

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