Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics (PhD)

Overview

Doctoral programs in transportation and logistics (TLOG) are cross-field within Business Administration or interdisciplinary across the University. Although the programs are designed to meet the needs of individual students, there are two main streams: one focusing on transport economics and policy analysis, and another focusing on logistics and supply chain management.

What makes the program unique?

Judging by the standards of research achievement, publications per faculty member and national research grants, the PhD program in transportation and logistics at the University of British Columbia is among the best of North American universities. Entrants into the program can expect to join an active and stimulating research environment.

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Business
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Transportation & Logistics
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

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 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 18 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 31 January 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 18 January 2020
Referee Deadline: 31 January 2020

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.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
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. 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 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: 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: 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.

  • Ding, Yichuan (Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Stochastic Processes, Computer Science and Statistics, Health Care Analytics, Health Care Operations Management , Operations Research)
  • Gillen, David (aviation, airports, ATC, international aviation, urban transportation, supply chain, Transportation studies)
  • Granot, Daniel (Game Theory and Application, Discrete Optimization, Operations Management)
  • Granot, Frieda (Integer Programming, Network Flows, Combinatorial Optimization, Applications of Operations Research, Applications of Game Theory to Cost Allocation)
  • Huh, Woonghee Tim (Inventory control, supply chain management, capacity planning, operations research)
  • Kim, Michael (Dynamic Programming, Statistical Learning, Robust Optimization, Exploration vs Exploitation Trade-offs)
  • Krishnan, Harish (Management, Incentive distortions in supply chains, Contracts and supply chains, Supply chain management, Operations management)
  • Lindsey, Charles (Economic Policies, Transportation Systems, Traffic congestion, Road pricing, Financing transportation infrastructure, Public transit, Advanced traveler information systems, Queuing, Parking policy, Climate change)
  • McCormick, S Thomas (Combinatorial optimization, network flows, operations management, computational complexity)
  • Nagarajan, Mahesh (Supply chain management, applied game theory, inventory management )
  • Queyranne, Maurice (Combinatorial Optimization, Production Planning and Scheduling, Inventory Management)
  • Shechter, Steven (Opertaions and logistics)
  • Zhang, Hao (Stochastic games, dynamic principal-agent problems; Information asymmetry and incentive problems in operations management; Supply-chain management, revenue management; Partially observable Markov decision processes, machine learning, reinforcement learning )
  • Zhang, Anming (transport economics and policy; air cargo logistics, Transport economics and policy, air cargo logistics, industrial organization)

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Kun Wang
    "Dr. Wang analyzed the pricing, competition and investment issues in the transportation industry. His research contributes to a better understanding of the economic impact and the interactions of new transport modes, such as high-speed rail or low-cost airlines. It also has policy implications for transport development in emerging countries such as China." (November 2018)
 
 

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 September 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
31 December 2019
International Applicant Deadline
31 December 2019
 

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