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Business Administration (PhD)


Saturday, October 22
10 a.m. to 4 p.m EDT

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Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
5 years
90 credits
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Program overview

The John Molson School of Business in affiliation with École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal, McGill University, and Université du Québec à Montréal, has offered a joint PhD in Business Administration since 1976. The 5 year full-time program provides students with access to more than 300 professors qualified to supervise doctoral studies. Students in the joint program also have access to the affiliated universities’ library systems, computer facilities, and presentations by internationally recognized researchers.

PhD students work closely with expert faculty from many prestigious research institutions, maintaining outstanding international reputations for their innovative research, publishing in some of the best journals, and sitting on the boards of many Learned Societies. With nine research centres brimming with talent and ambition, John Molson's faculty and graduate students are busy creating innovative solutions to many contemporary business problems.

Program structure

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree or equivalent with high academic standing.
  • Applicants must submit proof of satisfactory performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) within the previous five years.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.
  • Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT). Applicants who have been admitted by a program and whose test results fall within the range requiring a language placement test must write the Concordia Comprehensive ESL Placement Test (ConCEPT).
  • Language Requirement. The language of instruction at Concordia University is English. However, students who also have capacity in French will be able to best profit from the joint nature of the program. In particular, the ability to read technical material and to follow lectures and discussions in both languages is an asset. Students may write reports, examinations and the thesis in English or in French as they choose.

    Application process

    Application deadlines



    January 15







    Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

    International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

    Tuition & funding

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.

    Awards and funding

    Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

    The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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