Ph.D. On Campus

Strategic Management and Organization

University of Alberta

48 months
8700 CAD/year
4192 CAD/year
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The PhD in Strategic Management and Organization at University of Alberta is a multi-disciplinary program that provides students with the opportunity to examine a wide range of topics, foundational, as well as domain-specific.


The PhD in Strategic Management and Organization at University of Alberta covers the following topics:

Entrepreneurship and innovation aims to explore the dynamic socio-economic systems that encourage and support the creation of new businesses, social enterprises and entire industries as well as innovation and strategic renewal within existing organizations. Attention is also paid to the enterprising individuals heading such entrepreneurial initiatives.

Family business strives to understand the significance, diversity and complexity of family firms; the unique and fascinating challenges facing both family businesses and business families; and, the governance practices that can help improve the effectiveness and longevity of these intertwined social structures.

Human resources management is focused on the employment relationship and exposes students to a variety of theory, research, and management strategies. A number of substantive literatures are covered (e.g., recruitment and selection, socialization, training and employee development, performance management, employee relations, compensation and rewards).

Industrial relations exposes students to classical IR theories and themes such as industrial relations systems theory, historical development and theories of the labor movement, strategic choice approach, and the roles of the main industrial relations actors (unions, management, and government). 

Organizational behavior examines the theories and research pertanining to individual and team behavior in a variety of organizational contexts, as well as the management implications of this research. Typical topics covered include work attitudes, motivation, leadership and culture. Focal behavioral outcomes typically include performance, citizenship, absenteeism and turnover.

Organizational theory examines the design and structure of organizations; the complementary processes of differentiation (the division of labor and the grouping of functions) and integration (the distribution of authority); the relationship between organizations and their social, political, institutional, and economic environments; and the nature and role of politics, power, and conflict that may result from inherent tensions in coordinating a range of disparate functions and interests.

Strategic management has as its focus an analysis of the organization in its environment, examining the processes by which organizations position themselves and seek to marshal resources and capabilities to support and implement strategies. It is concerned with how organizations match, or fail to match, organizational capabilities and strengths with external opportunities and constraints.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Organization Theory
  • Seminar in Human Behavior in Organization
  • Seminar in Strategic Management
  • Individual Research
  • Seminar in Contemporary Issues
  • Seminar in Special Organizational Topics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

Admissions to the Business PhD program are based on the following criteria

  • Previous academic record: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university and sufficiently high grades. They should also have a grade point average (GPA) for the last two years of full-time study of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 on the University of Alberta grade scale and from Canadian or American schools with a comparable scale.
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose
  • Availability of a suitable supervisor
  • Summary

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8700 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8700 CAD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4192 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4192 CAD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Edmonton

1201 - 1992 CAD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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