Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Strategy and Business Economics (PhD)

Overview

This PhD specialization covers applications of the disciplines of economics and statistics to topics of relevance for business or business related government policy. Applications include business strategy and international business drawing on insights from industrial organization and international economics. Topics in which faculty members have expertise include entrepreneurship and venture capital finance, international trade and investment; international trade policy, environmental management and policy, industrial organization, competition policy and public enterprise and regulation. 

What makes the program unique?

We are unique in that we use economics as the core discipline to study business strategies and international business. This makes our program ideal for those who want to do research in these fields as applied economists. Economics is one of the main tools employed by various fields in business research (e.g., real estate, finance, marketing, accounting), and our students can benefit from working with economists in other divisions at Sauder school or at the Vancouver School of Economics.

Our PhD program is relatively small, and this allows us to pay more attention to each student with a very high faculty-to-student ratio. There are many collaboration opportunities with faculty members.

Quick Facts

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

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

GRE required?

GRE or comparable test (check program website)

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2018
Transcript Deadline: 18 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 31 January 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2018
Transcript Deadline: 18 January 2019
Referee Deadline: 31 January 2019

Funding Sources

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

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

Our graduates have been placed very well and have obtained positions at institutions such as Queen's University, York University (the Schulich School of Business), Concordia University, Tsinghua University, and the City University of Hong Kong.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (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. 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.
 20172016201520142013
Applications2912232941810
Offers2013241710
New registrations131214128
Total enrolment6161596166

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 80.77% based on 52 students admitted between 2005 - 2008. Based on 41 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 8.00 years with an average of 5.45 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: 9 March 2018]. 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: 23 September 2018].

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.

  • Antweiler, Werner (high-tech businesses; innovation; international trade; exchange rates; currency unions; environmental economics; e-business; international environmental issues; trade and the environment; Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI); public policy and the economics of cannabis prohibition., International Trade and Business, Environmental Economics and Management, Energy and Electricity Economics, Applied Econometrics and Panel Data, Applied Empirical Finance, Prediction Markets)
  • Brander, James (international trade; government; economic policy; budgets; international and environmental economics, International trade policy, Renewable resource management, Venture capital finance and the entrepreneurial sector, The role of renewable resource management in economic growth and decline)
  • Davidoff, Thomas (Housing, Real Estate, Annuities, Mortgages )
  • Head, C Keith (Strategy/economics)
  • Helsley, Robert (Growth and development of urban areas, the operation of private land markets, and the economic impacts of government tax, spending and regulatory policies)
  • Lee, Sanghoon (Urban economics; Real estate economics; Public economics; Labor economics; Industrial organization )
  • Parra Perez, Alvaro (Innovation and Patent Policy; Industrial Organization; Microeconomic Theory; Applied Theory )
  • Ries, John (Economic Phenomena on a National or International Level, international trade, international business, applied microeconomics)
  • Ross, Thomas (competition policy, public-private partnerships, Strategy/economics, Regulation of competition policy)
  • Somerville, Tsur (Housing markets, Real estate development, Real estate finance, Affordable housing, Economics of cities)
  • Vertinsky, Ilan Boris (Forestry, international trade, natural resource economics, trade, forest policy, softwood lumber agrerement, cross-cultural management)
  • Winter, Ralph (competition policy, regulation, mergers, electricity, Competition policy, insurance markets, corporate finance)
 

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 December 2018
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2018

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