Application process

The PhD in Management Program offers only Fall (September) admission of the same calendar year in which admission is sought. The deadline of January 15 is for all applicants (Canadian and international). Very important: Do not apply to start the program in winter or summer - applications for winter or summer will be cancelled and the application fee will NOT be refunded.

For detailed instruction on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents, please see:

The Fall 2017 online application system will open on September 15, 2016 to receive applications.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all supporting documents are uploaded by the JANUARY 15, 2017 deadline. Incomplete files will not be reviewed. 

You must upload all your documents with your online application. No more mail will be directed to the department and referees will be prompted to upload their reference letters. Do NOT mail or fax a copy of the documents that you have already uploaded to your application - doing so will slow down the review of your application.

1. Application Fee

The application fee ($107.39 Canadian) should be remitted in Canadian or in US funds. The online payment must be paid by credit card. The application fee is non-refundable.  Application fees and other charges are listed on the student accounts website.


2. Transcripts

Transcripts from all universities attended are required, including Exchange terms. (This also applies to McGill students.) For all applicants, the academic records must include: transcripts in the original language with official translations, listing courses and grades for each year of study, as well as confirmation of degree conferrals.  The degree conferral information must appear either on the transcript itself or upload the separate degree/diploma certificate confirming the full name of the degree and the date it was awarded to you.  These documents must bear the signature of the registrar and the official seal or stamp of the institution. Please check the International Degree Equivalency website for more information regarding your particular country: International Degrees

3. Letters of Recommendation

At least two confidential letters of recommendation must be uploaded by professors who have taught you, preferably in your chosen area of specialization and who can assess your research potential. There is no special form for these letters.  They may be written on letterhead, with a date (no more than 12 months) and signature and then uploaded or typed directly onto the space provided to the referee.  The letters should be specific as to which program the applicant has applied and include information that would aid the admissions committee in making an informed decision; the referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution on the letter. It is preferred that e-reference letters be sent from a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address.  Faxes or copies are not admissible.

4. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The Graduate Management Admission Test is required of all applicants. This examination is administered by Pearson Vue (Institution code 58H-MN-62). The minimum GMAT score required is 70% equivalency. It is your responsibility to ensure that test scores are forwarded to our office directly by Pearson Vue. GMAT tests written in the last five years will be considered valid. In order to ensure timely receipt of scores, you are strongly encouraged to take the test in the preceding Fall to meet the January 15 deadline.

The GRE (General Test) official scores taken within the last five years would be accepted as a substitute for GMAT. The institution code for GRE is 0935 and this examination is administered by ETS.  If you wish to submit GRE (General Test) test scores instead of GMAT, you MUST send an e-mail to phd [dot] mgmt [at] mcgill [dot] ca advising the PhD in Management program of this.  The GRE requirement will substituted for the GMAT on your application form.  Make sure to include your full name and McGill ID number in your e-mail.   It is MANDATORY to include either test report in order to complete your application.

5. English Proficiency Tests (TOEFL and IELTS) 

The language of instruction at McGill University is English. Students must write term papers, examinations and theses in English or in French. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate degree or graduate degree from a recognized 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. In order to ensure timely receipt of scores, you are strongly encouraged to take the test in the proceeding Fall to meet the January 15th deadline. Only TOEFL and IELTS tests written in the last two years will be considered valid. The minimum TOEFL score is 600 for the paper-based test, or 100 for the Internet-based test. The computer-based test (CBT) results are not accepted, as ETS no long reports these results. The TOEFL Institution code is 0935. The IELTS minimum overall band score is 7.0. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available.

6. Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae indicating work experience, formal education, age, professional affiliations, and any other information relevant to your candidacy is required.

7. Personal Statement

Be sure your Personal Statement includes the answers to the following questions:  (typed only; please label questions clearly and include your name on each page) and upload to your application:

(a) In which specific area do you wish to concentrate your doctoral studies and what specific research problems do you wish to investigate? Please be as precise as possible and keep your response to a maximum of two pages.

(b) Why do you wish to obtain a PhD?

(c) Why do you wish to study at McGill?

(d) Comment on your career activities. Specifically, discuss your past professional experience/employment, your planned future endeavours (during and after your PhD), and how these two fit together. (Maximum one page)

(e) Please comment briefly on any education you have had in the French language, as well as your ability to comprehend, read, write, and speak French.

(f) Indicate your registration number(s) and your date(s) of examination for the GMAT and TOEFL (where applicable).


Please note that all documents submitted to McGill University in support of an application to be admitted, including, but not limited to transcripts, diplomas, letters of reference and test scores, become the property of McGill University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution under any circumstance.

Contact information

PhD Program in Management
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University
1001 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5 Canada
Telephone:  514-398-4060
phd [dot] mgmt [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Website%20enquiry)