Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Philosophy in Business program at the University of Alberta!

Our Vision: Be a leading Business PhD program worldwide.

A leading PhD program educates high quality research scholars. Being a leading PhD program will enable our graduates to have more meaningful and productive research careers. It will also improve the reputation of the Alberta School of Business and the University of Alberta, enhance the recruitment of research-oriented faculty, and provide high quality research assistance to current faculty. Our vision to be a leading business PhD program worldwide fits well with the vision of the Alberta School of Business: Leaders, from Alberta, for the World.

Our Mission: To educate students to become high quality research scholars in business disciplines.

High quality research scholars make substantial contributions over their careers to academic knowledge and students’ understanding of business. They learn the fundamentals of high quality research and teaching necessary to make such contributions in their doctoral program at the Alberta School of Business by working closely with world-renowned faculty. Our mission to educate high quality research scholars fits well with the mission of the Alberta School of Business: To Excel and Lead through Research, Teaching, and External Engagement.


The Doctor of Philosophy in Business program at the University of Alberta offers specializations in Accounting, Finance, Operations and Information Systems, Marketing, and Strategic Management and Organization – including macro and micro organizational behavior. We have between 60-70 students, with an entering class of 12-15 per year. There is substantial demand for business faculty at universities around the world. Many of our students obtain multiple offers for tenure-track positions, and starting salaries are usually between C$100,000 and C$200,000, depending on university and specialization. Graduates of our program have obtained positions in prestigious universities throughout the world, including California-Berkeley, Emory, HEC (Paris), Hong Kong Inst of Science and Technology, Imperial College (London), Iowa, Ivey Business School at Western U., McGill, and the Wharton Business School at U. of Pennsylvania. 

Minimum Admissions Requirements

GMAT or GRE score: All applicants must submit their scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Your scores should be in the 80th percentile. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

English language proficiency: All applicants must demonstrate English Language proficiency prior to admission. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Earning a baccalaureate degree from an academic institution that is recognized by the University of Alberta and where the instruction of language is English is typically sufficient. If you have a degree from a non-English language university, then you must have either:

1. a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 on the paper-based test.

2. a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 88 (with a score of at least 20 in each of the individual skill areas) on the internet-based test.


3.  an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with a band of 5 in each of the four areas.


4. an overall minimum score of 59 on the Pearson Test of English Academic.

If you meet these initial requirements, please learn more about our program and additional admissions requirements at Program Information.