The PhD program in Business Administration at DeGroote offers students the opportunity to study and conduct leading-edge research with some of the top researchers in their fields. Students develop the theoretical and methodological expertise required to create original research that makes a significant impact on the business community.

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Application Procedures

Due to the small number of new admissions each year, we require all students to begin the program in September.

Preliminary applications will be accepted until our positions are filled.

There are two stages to our application process:

  1. All applicants must submit a preliminary application, which is reviewed by the PhD office.
  2. If your preliminary application is approved, you’ll be invited to submit a formal application.

STEP 1: Preliminary Application

The preliminary application is a one page form. There is no fee for submitting your preliminary application.


Before you fill out the form, please review the different fields of study which are available. Each area has specific requirements and you can only apply for one field of study. You can also review the research interests of its faculty members and current students.

If you have made an appointment to take one of the required tests, please wait until you know the results before submitting your preliminary application.


PhD Program – Preliminary Application


To submit the form, email the completed PDF attachment to or mail it to the address below:

PhD Program Admissions
DeGroote School of Business
1280 Main Street West, DSB 104
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4M4

If you have questions, please email

What Happens Next?

When we receive your preliminary application we will review it to determine whether or not you qualify to submit a formal application.

We will send you an email to let you know whether or not you qualify. If you do qualify, we’ll include instructions on how to submit the formal application.

STEP 2: Formal Application

If you qualify, you’ll be sent a link to the formal application by email. In addition to the information requested on the form, this application requires supporting documentation (outlined below). You will also be required to provide a concise and well thought out statement of research interests which will be reviewed by the admissions committee. There is a $110 (CAN) fee for submitting a formal application.

Supporting Documentation

  • Official transcripts for all previous degrees
  • Two confidential referee reports submitted online through the eReference tool provided in Mosaic
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores sent directly from the testing centre
  • If required, an official TOEFL or IELTS test score, sent directly from the testing centre
  • Your CV, including academic and professional accomplishments such as publications, awards and teaching experience
  • Statement of research interests

If you have questions about your formal application, please contact

Step by step instructions on how to submit the formal application in Mosaic is provided by the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University. Review the instructions here.

NOTE: The formal application fee is mandatory for all applicants. This enables our program office to process the applications that come in. No waiver can be applied.

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