What is the language of instruction at McGill's PhD Program in Management?

The language of instruction at McGill University is English. You may, if you wish, write term papers, examinations and theses in French.

Can I enrol in the PhD program as a distance education or part-time student?

No, we do not offer long distance learning and our program is full time only. However, due to Covid-19, PhD courses are currently held online. Once the situation is back to normal, in-person courses and activities will resume.

How is the program structured?

Our program is structured in three phases: preparation, specialization and dissertation. During the first two phases, students complete a range of research classes, seminars and courses, as well as a comprehensive exam, before moving to the dissertation phase.

How are the PhD programs funded?

As a PhD candidate, you will receive guaranteed funding for five years contingent on satisfactory academic performance. Guaranteed funding will be $32,622 per year for the first four years. Fifth year funding will be $20,000+. As part of this guaranteed funding, you are required to teach one 3-credit course following completion of Comprehensive Exam. In addition, PhD program will provide a total of $6,000 as conference/research travel fund. The funding package is covered by the PhD program in Management Guaranteed Funding Award (MGFA). Learn more about Tuition and financial aid.

How long does it take to complete a PhD program in management at McGill?

On average, it takes students five years to complete our PhD program.

Will I be required to teach?

Yes, you will be required to teach at least one course following the completion of your coursework and comprehensive exam. Our program includes a pedagogy course to prepare students for academic teaching.

I am completing a doctoral program at another university. Can I attend McGill University to conduct research as part of my doctorate?

Yes, you can undertake research at McGill University for up to 12 months. You must find a faculty member who is willing to supervise your research project before submitting an application. Read more about Graduate Research Trainee opportunities.


Am I eligible for the PhD program?

If you hold an undergraduate and a master’s degree with a strong academic record from recognized universities, you are eligible to apply for PhD studies.


When is the application deadline?

The application form and all supporting documents for 2022 admission are due no later than January 15. Applications for Fall 2022 will open on September 30, 2021.

Can the application fee be waived or can I pay when I am accepted?

The application fee is required of all applicants to the doctoral program. Your online application form will not be processed without the application fee. No waivers are granted.

What tests do I need to take to apply?

It is mandatory to submit official GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years as part of your application. If English is not your native language or you have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in English, it is mandatory to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores from within the past two years. You can find out more about exemptions on the English language proficiency page.

Please note test scores must be submitted directly from the official offices. See the Application process for more information.

What are your minimum test scores for admission?

The minimum GMAT/GRE score required is 70% equivalency.

The minimum TOEFL score is 600 for the paper-based test or 100 for the internet-based test.

The IELTS minimum overall band score is 7.0.

Should I contact professors before I apply?

Yes, we recommend contacting professors ahead of the application deadline to discuss your research interests and determine who will be the best fit for you. Professors are listed under their respective specialization on our website. Learn more about connecting with a supervisor.

Is teaching experience mandatory for admission to your PhD program?

Teaching experience is not mandatory. As part of our PhD program, we offer a specialized course in pedagogy to prepare you for academic teaching.

Can I reapply to the PhD program?

Yes, applications who applied in a previous year can submit a new application. You must pay the full application fee and ensure all supporting documentation is from within the required time limits.

Can I submit a hard-copy application form?

No, you must submit your application via McGill University’s UApply system.

Do I need to submit research paper or writing samples?

No, this is not required. Please include mention of published material in your CV.

What should I do if my transcript is not in English or French?

If your transcript is not written in English or French, you must submit a notarized translation. Please note, if you are accepted into the program, we will require a copy of your original transcript. Read more about preparing your documents.

Can I apply to the PhD program if I am still completing my master’s degree at the time of application?

Yes. Please submit an official interim transcript with your application. Admission into the program will be conditional on the completion of your master’s degree and the submission of your final transcript.


Do you offer rolling admissions?

No, we do not offer rolling admissions. All applications are reviewed after the deadline.

Do you accept students for January admission?

No, we do not accept applications for January admission.

When are admission decisions made?

Admission decisions are normally made about 8–10 weeks after the deadline date. Each applicant who has submitted a completed application will be notified of the admission decision.

How many candidates are admitted each year?

The PhD program annually admits approximately 15 students out of around 270 applicants.

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