Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Organizational Behaviour (PhD)

Overview

The emphasis of the PhD Program in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (OBHR) is on developing research-oriented academics who study problems related to organizations, including the effects of management practices on people, between people within organizational settings, and between organizations themselves. The Program is not intended for the development of consultants or managers.

What makes the program unique?

OBHR Division professors are internationally recognized scholars who represent an array of academic disciplines, including sociology, psychology, industrial relations, organizational behaviour and human resource management. Examples of their research interests include entrepreneurship, organizational knowledge and learning, social networks, family business, territoriality, trust, customer sabotage, power and status, gender and diversity, harassment, and ostracism.

OBHR faculty members have won numerous awards for research and for innovations in teaching and pedagogy, traditionally maintaining among the highest teaching ratings in the Sauder School of Business. The norms and culture of the OBHR Division are characterized by highly collaborative and collegial relationships.

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Business
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Organizational Behavior
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration
School
Sauder School of Business

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. 

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

100
22
21
22
21
7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Depending on program, applicants either reach out to faculty members directly or the program supports this process in different ways.

This program has not specified whether applicants should reach out to faculty members. Please review the program website for additional details.

Test Scores (GRE / GMAT or similar)

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE or a comparable test is required. Please check the program website.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

Funding Sources

We provide a financial package that includes tuition plus $30,000 per year for the first five years of the PhD Program.

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.

Career Outcomes

102 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 100 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
Western University (Ontario) (5)
City University of Hong Kong (5)
University of Manitoba (3)
University of British Columbia (3)
Simon Fraser University (3)
University of International Business and Economics (3)
Arizona State University (2)
Boston College (2)
University of Toronto (2)
University of Ottawa (2)
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Banco de México (2)
Bank of Canada (2)
IBM Research
Ministry of Education - Guyana
Ontario Public Service
Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Royal Bank of Canada
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Strategic ICT Specialist
Senior Economist
Research Scientist
Senior Financial Specialist
Economic Staff
Consultant / Analyst
Information Organization Manager
Deputy Executive Secretary
Assistant Chief
Head of Research
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
The data show all specializations in Business Administration combined. These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Career Options

Almost all of our students secure tenure stream academic positions at graduation.  This has included universities in Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Australia among others.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

The following table shows data for all specializations in the PhD in Business Administration combined.
 20182017201620152014
Applications25329122329418
Offers2322132417
New registrations1013121412
Total enrolment6061615961

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 81.13% based on 53 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 36 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.83 years and the maximum time is 8.00 years with an average of 5.52 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 27 October 2019].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Berdahl, Jennifer (Ostracism, Harassment and Bullying, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Power and Status in Groups, Harassment, Work-Family Interface)
  • Clough, David (Technological change, Organizational learning, Interorganizational networks, Entrepreneurship, Innovation management, Organization theory)
  • Daniels, Michael (Emotions in organizations; Emotional Labor; Workplace mistreatment; Leadership; Cultural values)
  • Knight, Thomas (Role of line managers in labour relations, interest-based collective bargaining, change processes in labour relations, human resources management, industrial relations, family business)
  • Langton, Nancy (Kenya, organizational behavior )
  • Robinson, Sandra (Workplace psychologist, workplace dysfunction, employee problems, workplace mistreatment, bullying, aggression, ostracism, broken promises, territoriality, trust, betrayal, deviance, theft, sabotage, social undermining, incivility, Employment contracts, Psychological contracts, Employee-employer relationships, Workplace deviance, Aggression)
  • Schulz, Martin (Change and Persistence, Organizational Rules, Organizational Routines, Organizational Learning, Organizational Knowledge, Rule Networks, Bureaucracies, Knowledge Relevance, Obsolescence, Decision Making, Logics of Appropriateness and Consequences, Social Order)
  • Seidel, Marc-David (Organizational Theory, Distributed Trust Technologies (Blockchain, etc.), Early life factors role in later life workplace outcomes, Social networks and organizational decision making, Discrimination and networks in the employment relationship )
  • van Jaarsveld, Danielle (call centre management practices; employer-employee relations, Call centre management practices, employer-employee relationship, employment policy, labour market analysis, public sector collective bargaining, work and employment relations)
  • Yu, Lingtao (leadership and ethics , abusive supervision , workplace deviance , emotions , mindfulness )
 
 
 

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