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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.

Twelve 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)

Data Sciences 

Statistics; data analysis; data mining; machine learning; artificial intelligence; big data; deep learning; recommender systems.

Professor responsible: Denis Larocque


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

Professor responsible: Alexandre Jeanneret (Departement of Finance)

Financial Engineering

Financial engineering; quantitative finance; mathematical modelling; numerical methods; optimization; statistics; Monte Carlo simulation.

There are applications in fields such as pricing, risk management, high frequency data and energy management.

Discover this specialization and its outstanding team of professors.

Professor responsible: Geneviève Gauthier

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; economic geography; the geopolitics of international business; management of knowledge and innovations; risk management in international business; market globalization; international strategies.

Professor responsible: David Doloreux

Logistics and Operations Management

Supply chain analytics; vehicle routing and transportation planning: network design; production and distribution planning; healthcare operations and logistics; humanitarian logistics; purchasing management; supply chain management; transportation management; service operations management; operations strategy; lean operations and process improvement.

Professor responsible: Raf Jans

Management Sciences

Decision analysis; combinatorial optimization; operational research.

Professor responsible: Georges Zaccour

Management, Strategy and Organizations

Sustainable development; entrepreneurship; corporate social responsibility; intercultural management; innovation and creativity; leadership; management; family business; business strategy.

Professor responsible: Isabelle Le Breton-Miller


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

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

Attracting and retaining talent; skills management; conflict management; strategic HR management; mobilization and empowerment; globalization and labour; new employment statuses; innovative HRM practices; organizational behaviour, motivation and engagement; organizational change.

Professor responsible: Olivier Doucet

Program details
90 credits
  • Full time
  • Day

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