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A Journey of Academic Discovery

Research and collaboration are at the heart of the UBC PhD program. Here, you will be equipped with the in-depth knowledge, communication skills, and immersive research capabilities you’ll need to be at the forefront of your discipline.

Right from the outset of the program, you will receive individualized attention, guidance, and mentorship from our faculty. Not only will they enrich your knowledge and build your skillset, our faculty will be your support network as you as you integrate yourself into a vibrant academic community.



“I cannot say enough positive things about the Sauder PhD program (in Marketing). I have received world-class research training that prepared me to make significant contributions to my field, and enabled me to earn a tenure-track position at a research-one university. The support that PhD students receive from faculty and staff is second-to-none.”


Kirk Kristofferson
UBC PhD in Marketing, Class of 2015
Assistant Professor, Arizona State University (W. P. Carey School of Business)


PhD Program Length

The UBC PhD program is a rigorous journey designed to hone your research skills. Most students require at least four years to complete the doctoral degree, though the University has established a six-year overall limit. This will enable you to tailor your course of study to your own pace.

PhD Program Overview

Program Goals and Objectives

The UBC PhD program attracts some of the world’s sharpest, most curious minds who, over the course of the program, sharpen their skills and deepen their knowledge. Upon graduating from the UBC PhD program, you will:

  • Have in-depth knowledge of the process of scientific discovery and the Philosophy of Science (epistemology), which you will be able to apply to your research discipline.

  • Be a skilled communicator with the ability to share your knowledge and expertise effectively with a variety of audiences. You will be able to present your findings at a research seminar or a conference, to teach a complete course effectively, and be able to publish in the academic genre of your discipline.

  • Have the appropriate analytical research foundation for your chosen area of specialization, and you will be able to apply your analytical knowledge and skills to research problems in that area.

  • Have an in-depth understanding of leading research within your chosen area of specialization, and you will be able to enrich and advance that body of knowledge through deep analysis and synthesis of research problems and findings.