Management, PhD

Program Overview

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is home to Canada’s premier management doctoral program, currently ranked 4th in the world by the Financial Times. The Rotman PhD program is a growing, vibrant, and intellectually rich environment for those interested in developing new insights in management. This close-knit community of scholars value and celebrate insightful, breakthrough research. ​

The PhD program offers specialization in seven fields:

  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management

Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline PhD:

1-Dec-2020

PhD:

1-Dec-2020

Minimum admission average PhD:

B+

PhD:

B+

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

Yes (Minimum GPA: A-)

PhD:

Yes (Minimum GPA: A-)

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? PhD:

After

PhD:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? PhD:

No

PhD:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? PhD:

Graduate Unit

PhD:

Graduate Unit

Program length (full-time only) PhD:

4-6 years

PhD:

4-6 years


Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The Graduate Department of Management offers a world-class doctoral program. Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree or 2) direct entry following completion of a bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants to all fields must also satisfy the Rotman School's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Some depth in the cognate disciplines relevant to the field is required.

  • These requirements may be satisfied prior to entry to the PhD program through an MBA degree program coupled with a relevant undergraduate degree, or through an undergraduate degree in business, management, or commerce coupled with a discipline-based master's degree.

  • If the depth requirements are completed prior to entry to the PhD program, then the student is expected to complete the program in four years. If additional coursework is required, then the student may need an additional year to complete the program.

  • Applicants should provide:

    • ​​​transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended

    • a letter of intent for applying to the PhD program

    • an updated curriculum vitae (CV)

    • two reference letters

    • a valid GMAT or GRE score

    • proof of English-language proficiency, if applicable.

Program Requirements

  • Students are expected to be qualified in the three basic disciplines essential to the study of management: economics, behavioural science, and quantitative analysis/statistics.

  • Students in all fields normally complete coursework in one field and two areas of study during Years 1 and 2. In subsequent years of study, students concentrate on deepening knowledge through additional coursework and on generating unprecedented insights through research that culminates in a written doctoral thesis.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) to satisfy requirements for one field and two areas of study.

    • ​​​​A minimum of 2.0 FCEs comprise the major field. These will normally be taken from 3000-level Management courses, but additional courses from other departments may be required.

    • 2.0 FCEs: courses in the two areas of study are usually taken in cognate departments. Each area of study comprises at least 1.0 FCE.

    • Upon completion of the courses, students are expected to pass comprehensive examinations in the field.​

    • ​Successful completion of the required course RSM 3080H Research Methods in Business (0.5 FCE).

  • A thesis embodying the results of original investigation must be submitted and defended at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination in accordance with the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.​

  • During all years of study, students must maintain residency, whereby students are on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit​

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants to all fields must also satisfy the Rotman School's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Some depth in the cognate disciplines relevant to the field of study is required.

  • These requirements may be satisfied prior to entry to the PhD program through an MBA degree program coupled with a relevant undergraduate degree, or through an undergraduate degree in business, management, or commerce coupled with a discipline-based master's degree.

  • If the depth requirements are completed prior to entry to the PhD program, then the student is expected to complete the program in five years. If additional coursework is required, then the student may need an additional year to complete the program.

  • In exceptional cases, and at the discretion of the Rotman School, admission to the program by direct entry may be approved for applicants with an appropriate bachelor’s degree with high standing (a least an A- average in courses relevant to the discipline) from a recognized university.

  • Applicants should provide:

    • ​​​transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended

    • a letter of intent for applying to the PhD program

    • an updated curriculum vitae (CV)

    • two reference letters

    • a valid GMAT or GRE score

    • proof of English-language proficiency, if applicable.

Program Requirements

  • Students are expected to be qualified in the three basic disciplines essential to the study of management: economics, behavioural science, and quantitative analysis/statistics.

  • Students in all fields normally complete coursework in one field and two areas of study during Years 1 and 2. In subsequent years of study, students concentrate on deepening knowledge through additional coursework and on generating unprecedented insights through research that culminates in a written doctoral thesis.

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 6.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) to satisfy requirements for one field and two areas of study. Direct-entry students must complete 2.0 of the 6.5 FCEs within Year 1.​

    • ​​​​A minimum of 2.0 FCEs in the field. These will normally be taken from 3000-level Management courses, but additional courses from other departments may be required.

    • 2.0 FCE: courses in the two areas of study are usually taken in cognate departments. Each area of study comprises at least 1.0 FCE.

    • An additional 2.0 FCEs in any field related to the student's program of study.

    • Upon completion of the courses, students are expected to pass comprehensive examinations in the field.​

    • ​Successful completion of the required course RSM 3080H Research Methods in Business (0.5 FCE).

  • A thesis embodying the results of original investigation must be submitted and defended at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination in accordance with the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.​

  • During all years of study, students must maintain residency, whereby students are on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit​

7 years

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