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Years 1 & 2

Stats Bootcamp

The program officially starts in mid-August with a stats ‘boot camp.’ Then, during the first two years of the program, students take classes so they are prepared for their comprehensive exam, which is taken during the summer of year 2.

Throughout their time at Ivey, students are always working on research, presenting their ideas at conferences, writing papers for publication and interacting with academic peers from other universities. Most students complete all of their requirements except the thesis proposal and final defense by the end of second year.

Years 3+


The thesis proposal must be completed by the end of third year and after that students focus on their thesis research.

Students have to meet both program and area-group requirements, which are available in each of the discipline pages.

*General Management includes students focusing on (a) Business, Economics and Public Policy, (b) Entrepreneurship, (c) International Business, (d) Strategy and (e) Sustainability.

Ivey’s PhD Program in Business Administration is a full-time research-based program designed to develop scholars and to place its graduates at high-quality research universities around the world.

Ivey’s PhD program is full-time and students are expected to be on campus in order to be immersed in the research process. Students often have an idea of their research interests when they apply and are mentored by faculty to work on these ideas as well as to join other projects already underway.

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