Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics (PhD)
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.
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.
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||$1,665.26||$2,925.58|
|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)||$930.14 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (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.
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)