The JMSB PhD Admissions Committee reviews every application on an individual basis. The Committee looks for students with real-world work experience, strong academic credentials, clear career objectives, strong intellectual ability and leadership potential, superior interpersonal and communication skills, motivation, maturity, and a commitment to excellence. Additional criteria, such as a record of active community involvement (although not required), may also be taken into consideration.
The selection process is competitive and thorough and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to the admission cycle of their choice.
- February 1 for September admission
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
- February 1 for September admission
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.
Meritorious students enrolled in the Master of Science programs at the John Molson School of Business who have completed all program requirements except for the thesis may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies in the same discipline without submitting a master’s thesis. These students are expected to meet the same PhD program requirements as all other students.
*Prerequisite course information
The minimum number of credits a student must take will be determined upon acceptance to the program. Students without a formal academic background in business administration will be required to take up to five 3-credit courses, usually at the MBA or MSc level, from among the following disciplines: business economics, organizational behaviour, supply chain and business technology management, marketing, finance, business policy and strategy, accountancy and control. Up to two of these courses may be in the student’s intended area of PhD specialization. Students may also be required to take Applied Linear Statistical Models and Multivariate Data Analysis depending on previous studies.
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.
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
To apply for admission you will need to follow the steps in the guide for the online application process. This how-to guide will lead you through the online application process.
- You may save your application at any point, allowing you to partially complete the process (if necessary) and return to it later.
- Be sure to have a valid credit card ready (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) for the application fee and a valid email address for correspondence.
Provide your name, date of birth, first language, email address and other details. Please ensure that all information is accurate and coincides with all your official supporting documents. The email address you provide here will be the one we use to communicate with you throughout the admissions process.
In this section you also have the option of specifying if you wish to apply to one of Concordia’s specialized colleges, schools or institutes.
Application Fee: To finalize your application, you need to agree to our terms and conditions, and pay a non-refundable application fee ($100 CAD) by credit card or debit card. Please note: we accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and the following debit cards: Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank or TD Canada Trust.
Once you submit your online application, you will receive a confirmation email that prompts you to create a username and password for the MyConcordia Portal. This email will include an eight digit student ID number that you will use throughout your studies at Concordia.
If you did not receive a confirmation email, check your junk mail folder. If it’s not there either, call at 514-848-2424, extension 2668 and request that we mail you your student ID number. If you have any technical difficulties with your online application please contact the Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS) Helpline.
You may check the status of your application or upload missing documents on the MyConcordia portal.
- Visit the MyConcordia portal
- Find the tab Application Center in the left-hand column. You can verify your status and see which documents the university has received.
Once you’ve received your letter of acceptance, you should visit our new student pages and prepare for your new career as a grad student!
International students: Please visit the International students’ pages for important information including study permits and living in Montreal.