Business Administration (PhD)
Doctorate (PhD)Offered by:
John Molson School of Business
Why pursue a Doctorate in Business Administration?
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration is joint degree program to promote advanced scholarship and stimulate research on management solutions. It is offered by the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) in conjunction with three other Montreal-based universities:
- École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal, the business school affiliated with the Université de Montréal
- McGill University
- Université du Québec à Montréal
This joint PhD degree program has been offered since 1976. It offers Doctoral students the opportunity to obtain the greatest possible expertise in their chosen field or specialization.
Privileges include access to more than 300 highly qualified faculty members and world-renowned researchers. Many of these professors are leading scholars with advanced degrees from prestigious academic and research institutions. They are widely published in academic journals and texts and sit on the boards of many learned societies.
PhD courses are cross-listed, meaning students have the opportunity to take courses at all four affiliated institutions.
The bilingual nature of the joint PhD program is one of its greatest strengths. The program serves as a meeting place for scholarship from diverse research traditions in North American and European cultures. This makes the program one of the leading destinations for management studies in Canada. Students are not required to be bilingual but will benefit most if they are able to understand both English and French when written and spoken.
The JMSB PhD program has a semi-structured curriculum design that allows students to pursue personal research and career interests. The program requires students to choose a major area of specialization, as well as a minor support area, in order to develop the conceptual, analytical, and research skills required to make a significant contribution to the field of knowledge.
Major disciplines include:
- Business economics
- Business policy and strategy
- Organizational behaviour
- Supply Chain and Business Technology Management
Related interdisciplinary fields and subfields include:
- International business
- Consumer behavior
- Long-range planning
Master’s degree in any discipline
- Depending on background, non-commerce applicants may be required to take qualifying courses*
- Minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 4.3
- Students applying from Canadian universities must have maintained at least a 3.5 average for their final two years of studies. Students from other countries must, in their final two years, have obtained the equivalent, from an accredited university.
- View Concordia's international equivalencies listing
- GMAT - Applicants must score in the 70th percentile or above to be considered into the program.
- A student whose primary language is not English must write a pre-admission proficiency test (TOEFL iBT minimum score 95 or IELTS (Academic) minimum score 7.0)
Students will be accepted only for full-time study. Applicants must select their area of specialization from: Accountancy, Finance, Management, Marketing or Supply Chain and Business Technology Management, at the time of application. Enrolment in the program is strictly limited.
After reviewing the Admission Requirements the following items must be submitted before the application deadline:
- $100 CAD Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee paid online by credit card.
- Application Form
- To apply for admission you will need to follow the steps in the guide for the online application process
- Statement of Purpose
Applicants must provide a Statement of Purpose indicating their reason for choosing the PhD and their chosen area of specialization, their career goals, and how the program will contribute to achieving those goals. Applicants may also state their preliminary research interests. Statement of Purpose should be 500-1000 words in length.
- Student Questionnaire
Applicants must complete and submit the PhD Student Questionnaire along with their application.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Applicants must include an updated resume.
- Three Letters of Reference*
Applicants must include at least two academic references (i.e. from former professors). The third may be from a business reference.
When completing your application online, you will be required to enter your referees’ names, affiliated institutions and email addresses (college/university or company mail). Your referees will then receive an email inviting them to complete an electronic assessment form and attach their letter of reference. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your referees to confirm they received this mail from email@example.com.
Academic references: Professors must both complete an electronic academic assessment form and submit a scanned copy of their reference letter written on the institution’s letterhead and bearing an original signature.
Business references: Your employer must submit a scanned copy of their reference letter, written on company letterhead and bearing an original signature.
You are strongly encouraged to submit your application before your program’s application deadline in order to give your referees sufficient time to provide their assessment and letter of reference.
- Official Transcripts*
Please upload unofficial copies of transcripts, from all previous educational institutions, when you apply to Concordia because it speeds up the review of your application.
If you are currently enrolled in school:
Submit the results of previous terms and a list of your current courses
Include mid-year grades if they're available
Uploaded transcripts, however, are not official transcripts. Official transcripts are documents sent directly from an institution to our Admissions Application Centre. Unless otherwise specified, we request official transcripts only once you are admitted.
- Official GMAT Score (minimum of 630)
For information on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) please visit the GMAT page.
- Official TOEFL Score
A student whose primary language is not English must write a pre-admission proficiency test (TOEFL iBT minimum score 95 or IELTS (Academic) minimum score 7.0), if not exempted as indicated on the English Proficiency page. Test results must be reported directly to the Admissions Application Centre by the test centre. Results more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency.
- Proof of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residence, or Refugee Status
Where applicable, applicants must include a certified copy of their birth certificate, Permanent Resident card, Canadian Citizen card, or Refugee Status papers.
*Once requested upon acceptance, official transcripts must be sent directly to Concordia University:
P.O. Box 2002, Station H
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
In-person/courier delivery location:
Graduate Admissions Services
Birks Student Service Center
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
All applications must be submitted online.
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Teaching assistantships of two courses per academic year are available to PhD students in Phases II and III. Students are discouraged from working during their first year in the program.
Students in financial need may hold research assistantships on a part-time basis (10 to15 hours per week).