PhD Courses

Students enrolled in the PhD in HRM are required to complete the following:

Year 1: HRM 6500 HRM Effectiveness (fall) HRM 7020 Quantitative Research Methods (fall)
HRM 7040 Univariate Statistics (winter)
HRM 7110 HRM Research Seminar 1 (winter)
Year 2: HRM 7030 Teaching, Learning + Pedagogical Processes (fall)
HRM 7010 Qualitative Research Methods (fall)
HRM 7050 Multivariate Statistics (winter)
HRM 7120 HRM Research Seminar 2 (winter)
Year 3: Comprehensive examination
Dissertation Proposal
Teaching practicum
Year 4: Dissertation

Advanced standing

Some applicants to the program will have successfully completed graduate level courses that are the equivalent of the required courses in Univariate Statistics and HRM Theory and Practice prior to admission. These students may apply for advanced standing in either one or both of these courses. Students granted advanced standing will be allowed to take the Year 2 research method (s) courses.

Comprehensive examination

Students are required to write a three-part comprehensive examination after successfully completing the required coursework. The examination is designed to assess the student’s competence and knowledge in three areas: Research Methods; Seminal and Macro-HRM Research –material from Seminar 1; and Micro-HRM research –material from Seminar 2. The  parts of the exam (one in each area) are held on three successive days.

Students are given "Fail," "Pass," and "Pass, with distinction" grades. A second and final exam may be allowed for students who do not pass the exam in their first attempt.

Dissertation proposal

All students are required to submit and defend a formal research proposal in their third year in the program. The proposal defence involves a presentation to the HRM faculty. In general, the proposal (approx. 3500 words) outlines the objectives for the study, the need for research on the selected issue, a review of the pertinent literature, and a discussion of the proposed methodology. To be acceptable, the proposal must be judged “achievable” (e.g., the research issue is well-defined, data and resources are available, the project can be completed within time, etc.), and deemed to contribute to the literature.


Each doctoral student writes a dissertation, which is an embodiment of the results of their original research. The dissertation is written under the guidance of a principal supervisor and a committee, established for each student in accordance with the rules of the FGS. The evaluation procedures ensure that the dissertation represents high-quality, original research deserving of a PhD in HRM.