Frequently Asked Questions

The following are some frequently asked questions relative to the Ph.D. program at the Sobey School of Business:

Is the program for full-time or part-time students?
The PhD program is a full-time commitment. Ph.D. students have full-time status. Nonetheless, the course work is structured such that students can complete their classroom requirements during the May-June time frame, with final assignments being due in the fall. Directed studies that can be taken either on campus or at a distance during the fall and winter periods. (See the sample course timetables for year 1 and year 2)

How competitive is the selection process?
The selection process is very competitive, and getting more so as the program becomes known. Typically, only five students are admitted each year.

How do I identify potential supervisors?
The Faculty section within the Ph.D. program identifies professors who are teaching and supervising Ph.D. current students. By reviewing this list, and the more complete list of professors in the Faculty and Scholarship section of the Sobey School of Business web site, you can identify those who share your area of interest. Contact them by phone or via email and inquire whether they would be open to supervising your research program.

Is the program recognized nationally and internationally?
Yes, the program has been recognized nationally by the Maritime Provinces Council on Higher Education, and internationally by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. In fact, during the accreditation visit, AACSB International representatives described the Sobey Ph.D. as innovative and exciting.

What are the program fees?
The current program fees can be viewed here. Students who are not in full-time employment may qualify for doctoral fellowships in the amount of $15,000 annually to help defray these costs.

What are graduates doing with the Sobey Ph.D.?
Primarily our graduates (including some who have yet to graduate) are pursuing careers in teaching, and several have already been hired by such institutions as Acadia University (Nova Scotia), Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia), Mount Allison University (New Brunswick), Mount St. Vincent University (Nova Scotia), Nippising University (Ontario)Trent University (Ontario), the University of Lethbridge (Alberta), the University of Prince Edward Island (PEI), the University of Ottawa (Ontario) and several others in Canada, the United States, and the Republic of Georgia. Some of our graduates are have since been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor at their home university, one is serving as Director of her school's MBA program and another is Head of Department. Graduates might also work in consulting, the public or private sectors in senior level positions.

How long does the program take to complete?
Within 15 months, students can have completed all the required courses. Comprehensive exams can then be scheduled as quickly as within a month of the completion of all course requirements, i.e. submission of academic papers or research projects. Students are expected to then take an additional two and a half years completing their dissertation research. In total, this amounts to between four and five years to complete the program.

Is the GMAT or GRE a requirement?
Yes. GMAT is required with minimum score of 600.

Do you admit students prior to May 1st?
No. We only have one entry point and that is May 1st of any given year.

Do you grant conditional or early acceptances to the program?
No. The admission process takes place in late February following the February 1st application date and is highly competitive.

How soon can I expect to hear if I have been accepted into the program?
We normally contact people in early March.

What can I expect if I am accepted into the program?
If you are successful you are required to complete an acceptance form. Once you have completed the acceptance form and no later than one month before the start of the program, you will receive a list of advanced readings (see individual course outlines). You will be expected to have read all the advanced reading and be fully prepared to engage in the program from day one of the program.