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Policy and Strategic Management, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #401 (WUR) Toronto, Canada
The field of strategic management is concerned with understanding the sources of firms’ success and failure as a prerequisite for improving their performance. Strategy is viewed as an important determinant of organizational success.
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The field draws from a variety of intellectual disciplines such as economics, sociology, psychology, and biology. It combines and complements other business specialties such as operations, marketing, finance, information technology, and human resources.

Throughout their program, students have many opportunities to collaborate with their peers as well as a large group of internationally known researchers from within the broad field of strategic management and other areas of research within Schulich.

The program is designed to develop the content knowledge and methodological skills necessary for a student to become a successful and productive scholar. Coursework and associated activities help students cultivate the values of research excellence and intellectual curiosity that are essential for their careers. Students are expected to engage actively in research projects throughout their entire graduate program.

In addition, students are required to participate in the departmental research seminar series. By the end of the second year (24 months) students are also expected to have fulfilled the research paper requirement and passed their comprehensive exams.


York University has successfully met all of the AAAHC’s accreditation requirements and has, therefore, been awarded Full Accreditation by the AAAHC’s after being evaluated on the agency’s standards of the global best practices in Organizational Management, Academic Management and Institutional Performance. AAAHC’s full accreditation is proof of Test Institute’s commitment to providing an education that is on par with global standards.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Logics of Social Research
  • Research Design
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Strategic management seminar I
  • Advanced Topics In Organization Theory
  • Graduate Colloquium In Management


  • Preet S. Aulakh
  • Andrew Crane
  • Yuval Deutsch
  • Moshe Farjoun
  • Dirk Matten
  • Theodore Peridis
  • Justin Tan
  • Tom Wesson
  • Ellen R. Auster
  • James L. Darroch
  • Burkard Eberlein
  • Anoop Madhok
  • Charles J. McMillan
  • Willow Sheremata
  • Stephen Weiss

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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