PhD Admission Requirements

Requirement Checklist

  1. 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.
  2. Proof of English language proficiency.
    • 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.
      Accepted Tests Minimum Score
      IELTS (Academic Test)  7.5 overall
      TOEFL 100 iBT
      Schulich’s TOEFL code is B710 with Department Code 02
  3. GMAT or GRE
    • Acceptable scores on all measures of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination taken in the last five years.
    • While we do not have a minimum GMAT or GRE cut-off, it is recommended that candidates present a competitive score of 650 and above in the GMAT or 320 and above in the GRE.
    • To send your scores for these tests to us please use the following codes: GMAT code Z75-X8-80 or GRE code 5697
  4. Research Experience
    • Prior research experience is strongly recommended.
  5. Completion of the online application
    • The online application requires: essays (written), an updated résumé and 3 recommendations. Copies of transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores, and language proficiency test scores (if applicable) may be uploaded to facilitate the initial review process. Note that unofficial documents are sufficient at the application stage.


The PhD program is offered on a full-time basis only. Full-time studies start in September of each year.

The Fall 2024 PhD Application portal will open on August 15th, 2023.

Fall 2024 Application Deadline: December 8, 2023

Please complete all sections (personal information, education, program of study, payment) of the online application and upload all supporting documentation (e.g. Curriculum Vitae, Scanned Transcripts, Unofficial GMAT or GRE results, and proof of English Proficiency – TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable) by the deadline date. Hard copies of supporting documents are not required at the time of application. Official transcripts and official copies of test scores are only required once an offer of admission is made.

Admissions Decision: March 2024

For additional admissions information and/or questions about the application process, contact the Schulich PhD Admissions team through our Graduate Enquiry Form. 

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