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PhD in Business Administration

If you are seeking a future in teaching and research, the UBC PhD program in Business Administration at Sauder's Robert H. Lee Graduate School provides an outstanding foundation to launch your academic career. 


Our faculty members hold editorial positions at major journals in their fields, and our PhD students regularly win best student-paper awards at major conferences. Learn more or find out how to apply.

What you’ll learn

Sauder offers PhD programs in all major specializations, and our research centres support your research activities and offer opportunities for applied projects.

Program Overview


Student experience

Sauder’s student body is highly diverse, with over 80 PhD students in residence from four continents and 18 countries.

Meet our students


Career prospects

Sauder PhD graduates earn attractive faculty positions around the world, including at top academic institutions in the USA, Canada, Asia, Europe and South America.

Alumni around the world


Is the UBC PhD for you?

We encourage people with strong backgrounds in mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, psychology, and other social sciences and physical sciences to apply.

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"The PhD program in Finance at UBC has been a truly enriching experience. The faculty is extremely knowledgeable, supportive, and friendly; fellow students are a pleasure to be around and discuss ideas with; and the city offers great opportunities regardless of what your interests are."
- Mikhail Simutin, PhD 2010, University of Toronto