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What it takes to succeed

For those with intellectual curiosity and the ability to work independently, an academic career offers the extraordinary opportunity to explore in-depth issues that interest you. Publications are your channel for sharing research results with the wider community. An academic's professional life also offers rich opportunities for teaching subjects of one's choosing and sharing research questions and findings with students who will be leaders in their own fields.

Program structure

Our program is not offered via distance learning.  Students cannot do the program on a part-time basis.

You have applied

Thank you for your interest in the McGill PhD Program in Management. Admission to the program is based on a number of requirements, and every application is seriously considered.

Admission decisions are usually made within 6 to 8 weeks after the deadline date of January 15. Only completed dossiers with all supporting documents will be considered. However, depending if a large volume of applications have been received, decisions on completed files may be taken 8 to 10 weeks after the deadline date.

Contact us

PhD Program in Management
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University
1001 Sherbrooke Street West [Map], Room 501
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5

Tel.: 514-398-4060
Fax: 514-398-3876
phd [dot] mgmt [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Professor Samer Faraj
Director, PhD Program
Tel.: 514-398-1531

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral research offers recent doctoral degree recipients the chance to further their professional development, build on their research, and effectively transition from life as a student to that of an independent scholar. At McGill, postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s foremost professors and researchers, and work in an environment that supports and celebrates excellence.


Most doctoral program graduates seek academic positions at research universities in North America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. A smaller number opt for research positions in leading consulting and financial organizations. While the quality and ambitiousness of the student's own research program is the most important factor in placement, attendance at doctoral consortia and the personal contacts of supervising faculty often facilitate the placement process.

Tuition and financial aid

It is important that thorough financial planning be undertaken before beginning doctoral studies. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that adequate financing is in place for the duration of the program.

PhD Program in Management

Building excellence

The Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill, renowned world-wide for cutting edge research, offers a PhD Program in Management where outstanding students conduct fundamental research at the frontiers of management knowledge and practice.

With the collaboration of faculty and industry leaders, the program prepares students to become autonomous researchers, whose teaching, publications and consulting activities contribute to leading universities and organizations around the world.

The Desautels PhD program participates in a joint doctoral program that brings together the four leading Montreal universities (HEC-Montreal, Concordia, UQAM, and McGill).  As a result, students gain access to the rich doctoral offerings from other universities and are expected to include professors from other universities on their committees.

Areas of specialization

Before entering the PhD Program in Management at Desautels, students must select an area of specialization from one of the following or from a combination thereof:


PhD specialization in AccountingThe PhD specialization in Accounting focuses on issues related to the use of accounting information by various users (i.e., investors, financial analysts), the effect of regulations and of changes in accounting practices and theory. These include financial reporting and disclosure, management accounting and control systems, and auditing.


PhD specialization in FinanceThe PhD specialization in Finance prepares students for research-oriented academic careers. While students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, the typical student holds an undergraduate or a master degree in economics, finance, mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering or physics. All admitted students will receive funding of at least $20,000 per year for a four year period.

Information Systems

PhD specialization in Information SystemsThe objectives of the PhD specialization in Information Systems (IS) are to promote theoretical and applied research on topics related to information systems practice with a combined focus on scientific rigour and relevance.


PhD specialization in MarketingThe PhD specialization in Marketing is concerned with the behavior of consumers, competitors and intermediaries, and the outcomes of their decisions as they relate to the performance of firms and brands. An interdisciplinary field, marketing relies considerably on fields such as psychology, economics, statistics and sociology to develop theory and methodology.

Operations Management

The PhD specialization in Operations Management is typically characterized by a blend of theoretical and applied research. In addition to the Management Science Research Center of McGill, the area members are affiliated with two main inter-University research centers, GÉRAD and CIRRELT.

Organizational Behaviour

PhD specialization in Organizational BehaviourThe fundamental objective of the PhD specialization in Organizational Behaviour is to train world-class researchers in this field. The term "organizational behaviour" refers to a collection of theory and research that focuses on individual and group attitudes, cognitions and behaviours in organizations.

Strategy and Organization

PhD Specialization in Strategy and OrganizationThe PhD specialization in Strategy and Organization is designed to train students in the theory and methods of strategy and organization. Desautels is renowned for its process approach to strategy – a focus on the dynamics through which strategies emerge and are realized in organizations, and the particular concepts and methodologies for studying the dynamics of strategic change.