The Admissions Process


Apply to the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (GPS):

If you are interested in our program, you should submit an application, which is available from September 1 on the GPS Apply for Admission page. The application will ask you to: upload pdf copies of the requirements listed on the Admissions page, provide the email addresses of your referees, and pay an application fee. Transcripts and certificates must meet the requirements for academic documents. Original documents are not required at this time.

Application Deadlines
Accounting December 15
Finance January 15
Marketing January 15
Operations & Information Systems December 15
Strategy, Entrepreneurship and  Management


December 15


Review by Business PhD Office:

GPS will send the application to the Business PhD office for review. Your application will be checked to ensure compliance with GPS and Alberta School of Business PhD Program standards. You can check the application portal to track your referee submissions.

Applicants may be encouraged to rewrite the GMAT or GRE test where the score is below the 80th percentile.

Review by Admissions Committee of Specialization:

Each specialization has an admissions committee that reviews applications. When the application is complete, the PhD office will send it to the admissions committee for review. The committee makes decisions to reject or accept an application. Most applicants with high potential are evaluated as a group soon after the application deadline.

Review by Associate Dean, Business PhD Program:

The Associate Dean reviews the decisions made by the admissions committees and sends letters informing applicants of the outcome.

Review by GPS:

If the Business PhD Program decides to make an offer, the application is forwarded to GPS for final review and verification. GPS will issue an official admission approval letter to successful applicants through the application portal.


updated August 15, 2023