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The Rotman PhD: Major Areas of Study

What's Your Specialty?

The Rotman PhD Program offers seven distinct streams of focus; Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Operations Management, and Strategic Management. Review our program structures, courses, faculty and their associated research to determine which stream is right for you.

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Our world-class Accounting program is a major strength of the Rotman School. Faculty members in the Accounting area come from universities such as Yale, Wharton, New York University and Kellogg, and specialize in everything from financial statement analysis to auditing to securities valuation. Explore all of the elements that make our program a success; our incredible faculty, dedicated students and cutting-edge research.

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Economic Analysis and Policy

What is the relationship between international trade and domestic productivity? What are the roles of urbanization and education in the skill development process? How do firms develop and maintain their market position? These are just some of the pressing issues you have the opportunity to study as a PhD student in Economic Analysis and Policy at the Rotman School.

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Rotman Finance offers top-tier training from some of the world’s leading experts in fields such as risk management, corporate governance, delegated asset management, and behavioural finance. The PhD Program in Finance at the Rotman School trains prospective scholars to become highly skilled and innovative researchers and teachers, and to prepare them for careers as faculty members at premier academic institutions throughout the world.

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The Rotman Phd program in Marketing is designed on the premise that to become an effective marketing scholar a student must develop a thorough understanding of marketing institutions and problems, the methodological capability to analyze those problems rigorously, and the ability to communicate findings via written and oral presentation. The success of this approach is demonstrated in our exceptional placement record.

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OB & HR Management

The PhD Program in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the Rotman School is designed to train scholars who wish to conduct high-level theoretical and empirical research and teach at major research institutions. Our students are exposed to state-of-the-art theories, research methods, and literature from the behavioural and organizational sciences.

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Operations Management and Statistics

The Rotman PhD Program in Operations Management and Statistics is designed to prepare students for academic and research careers in universities and industry. Our faculty includes PhDs from Columbia, Indiana, John Hopkins, MIT, and Stanford, and their interests include Supply Chain Management and Logistics, OM in Services, Inventory Management, Call Centre Management, OMS/Marketing Interface, and other areas.

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Strategic Management

The PhD Program in Strategic Management prepares students for research-oriented careers, and it is considered among the top programs in the world. Among these elite programs, it is distinctive for coupling rigorous discipline-based training with an interdisciplinary approach to the most important strategic questions of our days.