DeGroote School of Business


We’ve put together a list of questions students often ask — along with the answers — on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

New Students

Your McMaster email address should be available for activation after registration. Please consult the University Technology Services (UTS) website for more information. You will be expected to use your McMaster email address for all correspondence with the PhD Program Office as well as DeGroote faculty and staff once activated.

No, there is no specific format required. However, we ask that you include:

  • A very specific topic within your chosen specialization that you wish to research
  • Any past research experience (including publication history)
  • Future career goals
  • Your reasons for choosing the DeGroote School of Business (and list up to three supervisor names who would be a good match for your work).

Please keep in mind that there is a 4,000 character limit for each question; however, you will be able to attach a PDF version of supporting documents later on in the application. We recommend that you create your statement in a separate document and copy and paste it into the space provided OR indicate “Please see attached” and ensure that the attachment has responses to each individual question.

The residences located on McMaster campus are for undergraduate students. However, we do have an Off-Campus Resource Centre that can assist you with finding a place to live.

If you have any questions regarding housing, their office is located in the McMaster University Student Centre, Lower Level B112. They can be reached via telephone at 905-525-9140 ext. 24086 or by email at

The DeGroote School of Business guarantees each student a minimum of $20,000 of funding per year in scholarships, teaching assistantship and research assistantship positions for the four years in the program. Top ranked candidates are granted additional funding through tuition bursaries and entrance scholarships. You are also encouraged to increase your income by working for faculty on leading edge research projects and future published works. Many PhD students from DeGroote have also secured generous government scholarships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as well as earning Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).

Additional Benefits

Students in our program can also take advantage of the following:

  • $4,000 for travel expenses related to attending conferences (e.g. presenting papers, job market, etc.) provided by the Dean’s Office over the duration of the program
  • $1,000 for expenses arising from developing and writing a thesis (e.g. data collection, specialized software, survey compensation for participants, etc.) over the duration of the program
  • A dedicated study space (cubicle) in a secure room with their PhD colleagues
  • A computer paid for by the department to use for the duration of the program
  • Required software for course work paid for by the department

If you are an international student on a Visa, please visit the Government of Canada website for more information about studying in Canada.

We encourage you to get started on it as soon as possible because we’ve found there can be some lengthy wait times. (You can find more information about the processing times here: Check Processing Times.)

McMaster’s International Student Services (ISS) office has useful resources to help you get settled. You can also find some frequently asked questions on the ISS FAQ page.

There is a $110 (CAN) fee for submitting a formal application. 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.

For the latest COVID-19 news and updates, please visit (and bookmark) the McMaster COVID-19 website.

The Graduate Studies COVID-19 page also provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding academic services, campus services, completing your degree, and travelling under the current COVID19 situation.

Please remember that as a PhD student, you will need to build your network and connect with other researchers. A strong online presence including a well-developed profile on the DeGroote site will help foster your legitimacy as a researcher and academic. You can send your research efforts, professional activities/experience and headshot to

If you are a newly admitted student, you’ll need to upload a passport type photo (head shot) in the Mosaic Student Center > Personal Information > Demographics.

More information for students can be found here: Student Card Instructions

We require a non-refundable deposit of $500 CAN. If you accepted our offer of admission, you are required to pay the deposit in the month of June (prior to registration in July). When you pay this deposit, you secure your position in our program and the value of the deposit will be deducted from your tuition once you begin in September.

Instructions for making payments can be found here: McMaster Payment Methods

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