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Joint Ph.D. in Management Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Joint Ph.D. in Management Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

About the Joint Ph.D. in Management

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Management
The Ph.D. program in Management is offered jointly by the four Montreal universities: Concordia University, École des Hautes Études Commerciales (affiliated with the Université de Montréal), McGill University, and Université du Québec à Montréal. The program is intended to educate competent researchers and to stimulate research on management problems.

The program represents a number of innovations in doctoral work in the field of administration. First, by cooperating, the four universities are able to make available to its students a diverse pool of approximately 250 professors qualified to direct doctoral-level study and research. Second, the program has been carefully developed to encourage independent, creative work on the part of its students, with close, personal contact with the professors. This program will appeal especially to the mature, experienced candidate with relatively well-defined interests. Across the four member universities, some courses are offered in English and some in French. (All papers may, however, be written in English or French.) This is viewed as a definite advantage of the program for those students who expect to work in Canada or francophone countries after graduation.

The program places considerable emphasis on the theoretical foundations of management and its underlying disciplines. Graduates of the program are expected to have: (1) some knowledge of all the main areas of management, (2) a thorough knowledge of one applied area of management, and one support discipline, (3) a complete command of the research methodologies used in management, and (4) some familiarity with modern theories and methods of the pedagogy of management.

The program consists of three phases: preparation, specialization, and dissertation.

Phase I – Preparation

Before entering the program, the student will have selected the area of specialization from the following areas or a combination of them:

  • - Accounting
  • - Finance
  • - Information Systems
  • - Operations Management
  • - Marketing
  • - Organizational Behaviour
  • - Strategy and Organization

* NSERC CREATE Ph.D. Program on Healthcare Operations and Information Management: Offered jointly by six Canadian universities: McGill, British Columbia, Ottawa, Queen's, Toronto, and Montréal, this Ph.D. program brings together expertise on healthcare processes, operations research, information systems, and telecommunications engineering.

Some students – notably those with strong master's degrees in administration or related disciplines – have a minimum of work in Phase I; others require up to one academic year of work.

Phase II – Specialization

In Phase II, students probe deeply into their chosen area of specialization. With their advisory committee, students work out an individual program of study, which takes about 18 months. The phase focuses on a specialization area and a support field. The specialization area could be one of the basic ones listed in Phase I (for example, marketing or operations management), a sub-area within one of these (such as organizational development within organizational behaviour), or an interdisciplinary area that combines two or more of these (such as behaviour aspects of accounting or international marketing).

The support field is selected to help the student develop a foundation of knowledge in a fundamental discipline that underlies the theory in administration. For example, a student in marketing might select psychology, sociology, or statistics. One in management policy might select political science or general systems theory, or perhaps even philosophy. Other choices are possible.

Students officially enter Phase II of the program when their advisory committee has been established and, together with the student, formally agrees on a proposal for the work to be done in Phase II. Phase II must be approved by the McGill and the Joint Doctoral Committees. This includes the following:

  • - Doctoral seminars in the specialization area; minimum four courses
  • - Any other existing graduate-level courses in the specialization area and support field deemed appropriate by the advisory committee; minimum two courses in support field
  • - Seminar on Research Methodology (MGMT 707, 3 credits) or equivalent approved graduate-level course
  • - Seminar in Pedagogy (MGMT 706, 3 credits) or Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (EDPH 689, 3 credits)
  • - Comprehensive Examination (MGMT 701, 0 credits)
  • - A publishable research paper (MGMT 720, 3 credits)

The advisory committee will normally consist of at least three or four persons; a Chair and others decided upon jointly by the Chair and the student. One of these members will typically come from the support field. Every student's advisory committee must have representation from at least two universities in the joint program.

Phase III – Dissertation

The third phase of the program consists of the dissertation in the course of which the student probes deeply into a well-defined research topic. The topic is developed with the thesis committee (at least three members), which may be the same as the Phase II advisory committee or may be reconstituted, again with representation from at least one of the other participating universities. The topic is approved formally by the thesis committee and, once the research is completed and the dissertation written, the student publicly defends the completed thesis.

Admission Requirements

Candidates normally hold a master's-level degree, with a strong academic record from a recognized university. Individuals possessing a qualified undergraduate degree with a high GPA will also be considered, and will be required to take additional management graduate courses during their first year in the Ph.D. program.

GMAT (or GRE-General Test) results are required for applications to the doctoral program; this includes McGill master's students applying to the Ph.D. The minimum score required is 600. Tests must have been written within the past five years.

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. A minimum score of 100 for the Internet-based test, with each component score not less than 20, is required for admission. Tests must have been written within the past two years.

Files will not be considered unless GMAT (or GRE-General Test) and TOEFL scores are received by the dates for guaranteed consideration.

Students may apply for admission to one or more of the participating universities. These applications will be processed by the individual university to which the applicant has applied and by the joint committee of the four schools. Students' preferences will prevail when more than one participating university is prepared to accept them. The Ph.D. degree will be granted by the university that admits the student. The program requires a minimum full-time residency of six terms.

Application Procedures

Applications will be considered upon the receipt of all of the following:

  1. online application form;
  2. two copies of official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate degrees FORWARDED DIRECTLY BY ORIGINATING UNIVERSITIES. For international applicants, the academic records must include: transcripts in the original language with official translations (in English) listing courses and grades for each year of study, verifying conferral of degree. These documents must bear the actual signature of the registrar and the official seal or stamp of the institution. Please check the International Degree Equivalency website for additional information regarding your particular country:
  3. at least two letters of reference from individuals who can assess research potential;
  4. test results: TOEFL (where applicable) written within the last two years, and GMAT (or GRE-General Test) written within the last five years – test scores must be forwarded directly from the Educational Testing Service;
  5. personal background form (specific questions pertaining to our program); and
  6. CV.

No documents submitted as part of the application package will be returned to the applicant.

Admission to graduate programs at McGill is competitive and the final decision rests with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.


For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: Then select the appropriate program.

Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the dates for guaranteed consideration. All documents are to be submitted directly to:

  • Ph.D. Program Office
  • Desautels Faculty of Management
  • McGill University
  • 1001 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 517
  • Montreal, QC H3A 1G5
  • Canada

The addresses of the three other institutions are:

  • Concordia University
  • John Molson School of Business
  • 1450 Guy Street
  • Montreal, QC H3H 0A1
  • Canada
  • École des Hautes Études Commerciales
  • 3000 Chemin de la Cote Ste-Catherine
  • Montreal, QC H3T 2A7
  • Canada
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Département des Sciences Administratives
  • 315 Ste-Catherine Est
  • Montreal, QC H2X 3X2
  • Canada
Desautels Faculty of Management—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 10, 2011) (disclaimer)