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PhD in Business Administration

Admission requirements

The John Molson PhD Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach, assessing candidates on their strong academic credentials, research experience, intellectual and leadership potential, superior communication skills and career aspirations.

For more information on the application process, please consult the step-by-step application guide.

As it is a highly competitive program with a very limited number of available seats each year, we recommend exceeding the minimum requirements for better chances of admission.

Academic credentials

  • Master’s degree in any discipline with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.3.
    • Applicants must have maintained the equivalent of at least a 3.5/4.3 average (roughly equivalent to a B+/A grade) for their final two years of studies
    • International applicants must have obtained their degree from an accredited university; see a listing of international equivalencies.
  • If you are currently enrolled in a Master’s degree:
    • Submit the results of previous terms and a list of your current courses
    • Include mid-year grades if they're available

We accept English or French transcripts. If your transcript is in another language, you must provide the original sealed transcripts, as well as a certified translation.

You may upload unofficial scanned copies of your transcripts for the application. Official sealed transcripts (and certified translation, if applicable) will be requested if you are admitted.  


Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

A GMAT score of 640 or better. For more information on the GMAT, please visit our GMAT page.

  • Although we prefer the GMAT, we also accept the GRE General test.
  • We only accept GMAT and GRE test results completed within the previous five years.
  • We also accept the online version of the GMAT or GRE exam


English language proficiency

Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate and/or graduate degree in a country on our exempt countries list must write a pre-admissions English proficiency test. We accept the following language tests and minimum scores

  • TOEFL iBT: 95 overall with no band under 20;
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with no band under 6.5;
  • Where the testing centres have been closed due to COVID-19 safety measures, , we have been accepting the Duolingo English Test with a minimum score 120. 

Although John Molson prefers the above tests, you may also take another language test as listed on our Graduate Admissions page, if not exempted as indicated below.

  • Exemptions:
    • Quebec applicants who have completed a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) and a university degree in Quebec, regardless of whether it was in English or French;
    • A minimum of five full years of study at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited university in one of the following countries.

We do not accept English proficiency test scores more than 2 years old.

Note: Please upload your unofficial scores to your application. If you are accepted into the program, you will then be asked to have the official scores sent to us.

Other requirements


Non-commerce backgrounds — prerequisite courses

Applicants must select their area of specialization from: Accountancy, Finance, Management, Marketing or Supply Chain and Business Technology Management, at the time of application. Depending on background, non-commerce applicants may be required to take qualifying courses at the MBA or MSc level.

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 may 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.

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