Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Strategy and Business Economics (PhD)
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.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
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 2020 Intake
Application Open Date01 September 2019
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.
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 EducationWestern 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 EducationBanco de México (2)
Bank of Canada (2)
Ministry of Education - Guyana
Ontario Public Service
Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Royal Bank of Canada
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher EducationStrategic ICT Specialist
Senior Financial Specialist
Consultant / Analyst
Information Organization Manager
Deputy Executive Secretary
Head of Research
PhD Career Outcome SurveyYou may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
DisclaimerThe 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.
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,698.56||$2,984.09|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|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)|
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.
Completion Rates & Times
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 (international trade , applied microeconomics, international business)
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)