Business PhD

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 behaviour.

At any given time, there are between 50-70 students, with an entering class of 10-15 per year.


Accounting research spans a broad range of inquiry into the production, use, nature and impact of accounting information.

Marketing research encompasses the entire system for bringing goods and services to actual and potential users.

Finance is the branch of economics that deals with capital markets and offers a broad range of specializations.

Operations & Information Systems
Students in OIS train to become scholars in Operations Management (OM) or Management Information Systems (MIS).

Strategic Management & Organization
This multi-disciplinary program provides students with the opportunity to examine a wide range of topics, foundational as well as domain-specific.

Career Outlook

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 Institute of Science and Technology, Imperial College (London), Iowa, Ivey Business School at Western University, McGill, and the Wharton Business School at University 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 to be competitive. 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 official language of instruction is English will meet the requirement. 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 90 (with a score of at least 21 in each of the individual skill areas) on the internet-based test.

  1. OR

  2. 2. An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 6.5 with a band of 6.0 in each of the four areas.

  3. OR

  4. 3. An overall minimum score of 61 on the Pearson Test of English Academic.

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