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PhD in International Management & Organization

Our PhD program is for those pursuing a research-track academic career. You'll receive rigorous training in management theory and methodology. With that knowledge, you will create insights that are publishable in top academic management journals.

We value research that goes beyond simply describing the world the way it is and, instead, imagines the world the way it might be. Our program is well-suited for those who are curious about the world around them. This is especially true for those who want to explore meaningful societal issues and topics on a deeper level. The program can take 4-6 years to complete.

Research excellence

Our PhD students study with world-renowned experts in the field of management and organization studies. Our school and faculty members have received significant international and national awards, grants and special appointments for the quality, impact and relevance of our research.

A culture of mentorship and collaboration

Be part of a close-knit community with our program’s small size. You'll collaborate with faculty and their peers as you build your research portfolio. You'll also be paired with a teaching mentor to help develop your teaching skills. Connect with other Gustavson researchers at weekly research seminars and other workshops and events.

Program structure

The PhD program is a 4-year, full-time, research-focused program designed to prepare you for a tenure-track position at a leading business school. You will spend the first 2 years on formal coursework and research projects to build a solid research foundation. You will spend the last 2 years on further developing your research identity and developing your dissertation. 

Your academic journey will also include submitting and presenting academic papers at top management conferences and to top-tier journals. To further develop your network for research collaborations, you have an option to incorporate an international research exchange into your program.

Year 1 Year 2 Summer Year 3 Year 4
Theoretical & empirical
foundation courses

Advanced theory &
methods courses
Theoretical & empirical
foundation courses

Advanced theory &
methods courses
Candidacy exam*  Dissertation

Proposal defense*

final oral exam*
    Teacher training • optional international research exchange 

*Program milestones

Research that makes a difference

The Gustavson School of Business aims to conduct research that is:

  • recognized as rigorous and of high quality by the academic community
  • practically relevant to organizations, regulators and stakeholders in business and society
  • meaningful to students and educators
  • consistent with our core pillars of international, integrative, innovative and socially responsible/sustainable

Recent placements

Our PhD program has a history of producing successful graduates.

Academic placements in the last 5 years include:

  • Smeal College of Business, Penn State University (USA)
  • Smith School of Business, Queens University (Canada)
  • Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (UK)
  • Newcastle University Business School (UK)
  • York University (Canada)
  • University of the Fraser Valley (Canada)

Student & research stories

To me collegiality is about having a sense of mutual respect or reciprocity toward the people you are working with. This has been an important characteristic of my experience at Gustavson insofar as my research and teaching has been sustained by interaction with truly generous and kind people—who treat one another holistically as people first.

Homing in on pandemic-proof healthcare leadership

December 14, 2023

Cheryl Mitchell has spent much of her career studying leadership in the complex and dynamic world of healthcare, both as a consultant and academic director of UVic’s MBA in Sustainable...

$2.5M grant integrates Indigenous knowledge into sustainability projects

August 29, 2023

A University of Victoria-based research team has received a $2.5-million grant to design and advance a sustainability framework for decision-making in Indigenous communities that ensures their...

Research spotlight: Trevor Israelsen on building businesses that last

June 12, 2023

Trevor Israelsen, one of three PhD students to graduate from Gustavson’s Gill Graduate School in June 2023, begins his first academic position this summer, taking on the role of assistant...

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