PhD Management – Requirements

PhD Program Requirements & Milestones (admitted prior to 2015)

PhD Program Requirements & Milestones (admitted 2015 and beyond)

Fall 2020 & Winter 2021 Course Schedule


All PhD candidates are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination before the PhD proposal defence is scheduled. The comprehensive examination will take place over a period of two to three weeks and will consist of a written and an oral part.


All students are required to successfully defend a proposal. Copies of the proposal must be submitted to all committee members at least 2 weeks prior to the examination date.


All PhD candidates are required to successfully defend a thesis at an oral examination. The examination copy of the thesis must be uploaded at least 4 weeks prior to the examination date.

Additional Requirements

Teaching Education and Experience

In either their 2nd or 3rd year of the program, students must participate in one of two teaching certificate programs:

  1. Preparing to Teach: a 10-week, blended certificate course with weekly 2-3 hour face-to-face meetings, online modules, readings, and assignments (pass/fail). Recommended for students who intend to pursue a career in academia.
  2. Sprott Certificate Program: a 1-term, blended program with 2 full-day face-to-face sessions, 4 online modules, and assignments (pass/fail). Recommended for students who do not intend to pursue a career in academia.

Students must also demonstrate classroom experience by teaching a course or leading a class lecture. Students intending to pursue the former option should enroll in Preparing to Teach; students intending to pursue the latter option should enroll in the Sprott Certificate Program.

Research Seminar Participation

All students must attend at least 15 seminars on current business issues in the Sprott School of Business’ research seminar series. Please bring the attached form Research Seminar Participation Form (.pdf) to each research seminar that you attend and have a faculty member sign off. Once you have attended all 15 seminars, please submit the completed form to the PhD Administrator.

Regulations for BUSI 6900

A student may, with the approval of his or her thesis supervisor, take up to two directed readings courses. These courses should relate directly to the student’s thesis work, but the work submitted for a directed study may not also appear in the thesis or proposal.

Time Limits

Full-time: 15 terms – 5 years from initial registration
Part-time: 27 terms – 9 years from initial registration

Apply to Graduate

You must apply to graduate online at Carleton Central by:

  • March 1st for Spring Convocation (June)
  • September 1st for Fall Convocation (November)
  • December 1st for Winter Convocation (February – no ceremony)

Program Learning Goals & Objectives

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Contact Us

In light of the exceptional circumstances presented by COVID-19, Carleton University is working with minimum in-person staffing levels required to maintain both the safety of our community and the continuity of our operations. As a result, Sprott School of Business staff will be working remotely until further notice. Please contact them by email.


PhD Administrator