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Organization Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #401 (WUR) Toronto, Canada
The PhD program in Organization Studies (ORGS) at York University is designed to train students for careers in scholarly research. A major strength of the program is its emphasis on both qualitative and quantitative approaches in research, encouraging multiple perspectives.
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Two distinguishing features of the doctoral program in Organization Studies at York University are its broad interdisciplinary training and its flexibility. Students are able to shape the training around their own research interests once they have completed the core requirements, and are encouraged to undertake interdisciplinary research drawing on the faculty resources within the Schulich School and the broader York community.

Career Opportunities

Graduates typically pursue careers in academic or research institutions. Both current PhD students and graduates of the program are currently making research contributions in diverse areas such as business ethics, technology, team dynamics, sustainability and non-profit organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


Year 1

  • Logics Of Social Research
  • Advanced Topics In Organization Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Graduate Colloquium In Management
  • Selected Problems In Administration

Year 2: Fall Term

  •  Meso Organizational Behaviour
  •  Structural Equation Modeling
  • Graduate Colloquium In Management

*Note: Meso Organizational Behaviour is strongly recommended as an elective which may be considered towards a student’s minor or major area or study; however, students can make a case for exemption from this course based on their unique interests and program requirements.


  • Rekha Karambayya
  • Christine Oliver
  • Kevin Tasa
  • Mary Waller
  • Lorna Wright
  • Gareth Morgan
  • Hazel Rosin
  • Mike Valente
  • Eleanor Westney

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • A master’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum B average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if studies were not completed in English.
  • GMAT or GRE
  • Research Experience
  • Completion of the online application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12518 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6259 CAD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    3708 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1854 CAD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Students entering Schulich's PhD program may expect to receive $25,000 in the first year. This amount is renewable in years two through five, provided that the student maintains full-time status and demonstrates satisfactory progress in the program. If a student defends his/her dissertation proposal before September 15 in his/her fourth year, he/she is eligible to receive an additional $2000 in year four. Funding in years one through three is tied to a research assistantship. Details are available from the PhD program.In addition, a limited number of International Student Fellowships for international students may be available in years one through five. This funding will be applied directly to tuition fees. Schulich PhD students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants may apply for the Royal Bank’s Student Line-of-Credit Program. If you are interested in the RBC loan program, please contact the financial aid office for more details.If you come to Canada as an international student you will need a “student permit” please visit the International Relations website for information on study permit, VISA and options for working on and off campus.

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