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The Schulich doctorate comprises four tightly linked phases of study: coursework to acquire in-depth knowledge of your field of study; a comprehensive examination to demonstrate your mastery of the subject matter; defense of a formal research proposal; and a dissertation.
From the outset of the PhD program, you are invited to start thinking about the direction of your research. Scholarly development through the presentation and publication of papers with professors and other students is a cornerstone of the program.
Once students have firmly established their research objectives, they are given significant exposure to best practices in teaching and course development through the Centre for Teaching Excellence and York University’s Teaching Commons.
Draw on the expertise of Schulich’s world-renowned scholars in your choice of six major areas of study as you gain valuable experience in course preparation, classroom management and honing your personal teaching style.
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- A master’s degree with a minimum B+ average in a related discipline. Exceptional candidates with a bachelor’s degree may be considered. Masters degrees in Business (MBA’s) from South Asia may require further academic qualifications for consideration. A degree certificate will be required if the transcript does not indicate graduation or completion from a program.
- Proof of English language proficiency.
Accepted Tests Minimum Score IELTS 7.5 overall TOEFL 100 iBT YELT Band 1
- GMAT or GRE
- Research Experience
- Prior research experience is strongly recommended.
- Completion of the online application
- The online application requires: essays (written), an updated resume and 3 recommendations. Copies of transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores may be uploaded to facilitate the initial review process.
The PhD program is offered on a full-time basis only. Full-time studies start in September of each year. All applications must be received by December 13, 2017 for Fall 2018. Supporting documentation for the application will be accepted until December 15, 2017.
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Students entering Schulich’s PhD program may expect to receive $32,000 (domestic) and $37,000 (international) each year, up to five years. This funding is guaranteed, provided that students remain in good standing, show satisfactory progress in their work, maintain full-time status and fulfill the expected requirements. If a student defends his/her dissertation proposal before September 15 in his/her fourth year, he/she is eligible to receive an additional $2000 in year four. Funding in years one through three is tied to a research assistantship. Details are available from the PhD program.
In addition, students will have opportunities to pursue special awards through Schulich and York University, a limited number of International Student Fellowships, a loan program through RBC, and options for working on and off campus. For full details click below.
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Candidates for the PhD degree must complete studies in one of the following major fields: Accounting, Organizational Studies, Finance, Marketing, or Operations Management and Information Systems. They must also complete a series of methodological courses relevant to that major field.
Coursework only accounts for one of four phases in the PhD program. For a more detailed overview of the PhD program’s four broad phases of study, view program requirements (below)
The courses you take are dependent on your particular program of study and research interests. To see which courses are required for your area of interest, view specializations (below).
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Coursework is intended to prepare students to carry out leading-edge research in their major field. A student’s coursework plan is developed in consultation with the faculty member from the student’s field who has been assigned as an advisor.
Students entering the PhD program without an MBA degree are required to do a number of Schulich MBA 1 Required Foundations of Management Core Courses.
Students must complete the following course requirements:
- A core of courses designed to support necessary methodology training
- A minimum of four courses in the major field
- A minimum of two electives in topics related to the major field, approved by the PhD program coordinator in the candidate’s major field of study.
These courses will normally be chosen from those offered at the 7000-level at the Schulich School of Business. With permission, some may be chosen from those offered at the graduate level by other graduate programs or at other academic institutions.
Each student must pass a comprehensive examination before proceeding to formal work on her or his dissertation. Comprehensive examinations are designed to demonstrate competence and knowledge in the field. The examination is set and administered by the faculty within the student’s major field.
The Faculty regards the comprehensive examination as a pivotal point for deciding whether students should be allowed to proceed with their studies or be encouraged to withdraw from the program.
Dissertation Proposal and Oral Defence
Candidates must prepare a written proposal to conduct original dissertation research carried out under the supervision of a supervisory committee and must defend this to the satisfaction of the thesis supervisor and members of the committee.
Dissertation and Oral Examination
Candidates must prepare a dissertation based on original research carried out under the supervision of a supervisory committee and submit the results in appropriate dissertation form. After the formal submission of the dissertation, an oral examination is held. It is expected that all or part of the dissertation will be published following professional or scientific review.
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The Schulich School of Business continues to accelerate in its commitment to research excellence across all functional and program areas and through thriving interdisciplinary initiatives within Schulich and beyond. Fundamental to our success in advancing knowledge and understanding in business has been the continued recruitment of researchers of the highest distinction and calibre.
Browse our PhD specializations for faculty profiles by academic area.
Program faculty members
Professor of Marketing; Anne & Max Tanenbaum Chair in Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise; Director, PhD ProgramView profile
Russell W. Belk
Professor of Marketing; Kraft Foods Canada Chair in MarketingView profile
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic ManagementView profile
Associate Professor of Finance; Director, Financial EngineeringView profile
Professor of Accounting; Area Coordinator, AccountingView profile
Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; CPA Ontario Chair in International EntrepreneurshipView profile
Professor of Finance; Scotiabank Chair in International FinanceView profile
Theodore J. Noseworthy
Associate Professor of Marketing; Canada Research Chair (Tier II); Scientific Director: NOESIS LabView profile
Associate Professor of Marketing; Director, BBA/iBBA ProgramView profile
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1. How do I apply?
The application starts by creating a profile in our online system. Once you submit your profile page, check your email to create a password for your application. It may take up to 15 minutes for the email to arrive. Save that email for reference, as it also contains the permanent link to the application portal. You will then be able to begin your application and upload your documents.
2. How much does it cost to apply?
The application fee is $150CAD payable online with any major credit card.
3. When will a decision be issued?
Applications will be reviewed following the application deadline. Decision will usually be made in March/April.
4. Do I need to send in official documents?
You can apply with unofficial documents that are scanned and uploaded to your application. Please ensure all information on scanned documents is clear and legible. Remember to include the grade scale for each institution; this information is often found on the back or at the end of the transcript.
If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official copies of your transcripts, GMAT/GRE test scores and English proficiency test results (if applicable). Official transcripts and test results must be mailed directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope to:
Graduate Recruitment & Admissions, Room W263B
Seymour Schulich Building
Schulich School of Business – York University
4700 Keele Street Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M3J 1P3
5. Which part of the application is most important?
We take a holistic approach during the application review process and all components of the application are thoroughly reviewed. There is no particular weight assigned to any of the components in the application.
6. Is there a word limit to the essay questions?
There is no word limit for the essays. We suggest to provide responses to the questions that equals 1-2 pages in length.
7. Is the GMAT or GRE a mandatory requirement and can this be waived?
GMAT or GRE is a requirement and cannot be waived. All applicants are required to complete the GMAT or the GRE if they wish to be eligible for admission, regardless of their academic or professional profile.
8. What is minimum competitive GMAT or GRE score?
While we do not have a GMAT or GRE cutoff, in order to be considered for admission PhD candidates should have a competitive score of 650 and above. A competitive score for the PhD program based on our successful candidates is 660 with a balanced score (at least 50th percentile) across all four measures of the exam.
9. What are the minimum scores required on the acceptable English language tests?
The following minimum scores are acceptable for admission consideration:
IELTS 7.5 overall TOEFL 100 iBT YELT Band 1
10. Can the English language test requirements be waived?
If you have studied full-time at a university where the language of instruction and examination were English for at least 1 year you will not be required to submit an English proficiency test score.
Please note that your official university transcripts or supporting documentation from the university must state the degree was taught in English.
11. How much is tuition and what financial aid opportunities are available?
For information on PhD fees, please see York University’s Graduate Student Fees table.
Please visit our PhD Financial Assistance page for more information on financial support and scholarships available to full-time doctoral students