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Program Structure and Requirements

Our Strength: Our Program

The PhD program in Strategic Management is a strenuous academic exercise, providing effective training for an academic career. Our program includes required courses, a research project, comprehensive examinations and a final dissertation.

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Program Structure

The Rotman's PhD program incorporates course work, independent research, comprehensive examinations, and a final dissertation. Find more information on program structure, course requirements and expected time-lines for completion.

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Required Courses

Rotman offers PhD level courses specifically created to provide you with the methodological and theoretical training required for exceptional research in your field. Required courses are chosen to provide the maximum benefit to your academic development.

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Research Project

Some areas require a research project component for the purpose of developing research and writing skills and preparing for the final dissertation. Students may be encouraged to present research at academic conferences or develop work to be published.

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Comprehensive Examinations

Comprehensive Exams are an important step in achieving a doctorate degree. Our exams are designed to test a student's competency in several academic areas that are critical to their discipline and support their research.

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The dissertation is a PhD student's final step in completing the doctoral program. A cumultation of course work and research, the dissertation is a student's original contribution to their field of study.

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Student Performance Reviews

Rotman's PhD program provides students with an annual performance review to ensure their successful progress in the program. Each area performs their reviews internally. Evaluation criteria is listed here.

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