McGill PhD in Management, Canada

Publish Date: Nov 14, 2015

Deadline: Jan 15, 2016

The McGill PhD in Management aims to attract individuals who possess a strong academic background, personal initiative, and the potential to become excellent researchers. Applicants are assessed according to their past academic record, evaluations by former professors or supervisors, performance on standard graduate examinations, relevant work experience and the fit between their interests and the Faculty's focus and objectives. The McGill Doctoral Committee reviews all completed applications and makes the final admission recommendations to the Joint Doctoral Committee and to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research for final approval.

Candidates typically hold a Master's-level degree, with a strong academic record from a recognized university. 

The PhD in Management is a full-time program only. Please note that our doctoral program does not review applications for Special/Exchange/Visiting.

Applying online

An online application - is available.

Student Visa

International students must obtain both a Visa from the Government of Canada and a CAQ from the Government of Quebec. As these documents are issued by the government, we are unable to assist with this process. Visit International Student Services - for more information.

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.

As of October 2012, McGill's formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instruction on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see:

The Fall 2016 onine application system is now open to receive applications.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all supporting documents are uploaded by the JANUARY 15, 2016 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 ($104.86 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 of marks from all universities attended are required. (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, verifying conferral of degrees. 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. GMAT Score

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 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. TOEFL Score

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 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

Application deadline

Completed applications and all supporting documents are to be uploaded by no later than January 15th  for Fall (September) admission of the same calendar year in which admission is sought. This deadline is for all applicants (Canada and International). There is no January (Winter) or June-July (Summer) admission. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application form and all supporting documents are uploaded by the application deadline.

Tuition fees

If you are an international student, the PhD Program will pay the international portion of your university tuition fees for the four semesters of minimum residency (or up to a maximum of six semesters), worth approximately $12,000 CAD per year (based on 2014/2015 tuition fees and subject to change). Students are responsible for the Quebec rate of the tuition fees, which is approximately $3,900 CAD per year (based on 2014/2015 tuition fees and subject to change). Please note that medical/dental insurance is additional, as well as student services.

For additional details on tuition fees, please visit the Graduate Fees Calculator -

Guaranteed funding

Doctoral candidates will receive $25,000/year in guaranteed funding for four years.  Financial support for the four years is comprised of a PhD Program in Management Guaranteed Funding Award (MGFA), which includes a variety of internal sources of funding.  Your MGFA may also include a McGill fellowship (to be be determined at a later date).  All funding is conditional on satisfactory academic performance.  

Students that receive external awards (i.e., SSHRC, CHIR, NSERC, etc.) will receive partial guaranteed funding from the supervisor/area.

Doctoral fellowships

The PhD Program in Management administers several doctoral level fellowships/awards. Candidates that have been accepted and have registered in the doctoral program are eligible to apply for them. These fellowships/awards are advertised in the Fall and Winter terms by the PhD Program Office. The value of these fellowships/awards vary from year to year.

External funding

External Granting Agency Fellowships are listed on the Graduate Fellowships and Awards website -

Students need not be eligible for funding through external agencies in order to apply for a McGill Graduate Fellowship. However, all applicants for McGill Graduate funding must, if eligible, have applied to CIHR, SSHRC or NSERC and, if eligible, to the Québec funding agency Fonds Québecois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC).

Application forms for the Graduate Fellowships are available only to students currently enrolled at McGill from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office, Fellowships and Awards website - Completed application forms and all supporting documents should be returned directly to the academic department where student is pursuing the degree. No documentation should be sent to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

Loans and Bursaries are administered by the province in which the student is deemed to be a resident. Basic qualifications are that the applicant is a full-time student and a Canadian citizen; certain categories of Permanent Residents may also be eligible. The Quebec Student Loan - and Canada Student Loan - programs operate exclusively on the basis of financial need. Several provinces augment their loan programs with a loan forgiveness programs to help students reduce their debt loads. The McGill Student Aid Office provides information regarding application procedures of these government loan programs. The Student Aid Office also administers institutional need-based funding including short term loans to cover emergency situations, limited bursary assistance and a Work/Study program. Further information is provided in the loans section -

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