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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Outstanding students pursuing excellence should consider the Management (PhD Thesis) program. The degree gives them the opportunity to undertake challenging research under the supervision of highly skilled faculty members, giving students the boost they need to make a significant and lasting contribution to the field of management. The Haskayne School of Business helps students achieve this goal by providing a collaborative, supportive and intellectually stimulating research environment for the discovery and dissemination of knowledge applicable to the business community. The Haskayne funding package is one of the most generous among Canadian business schools.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Topics include Conceptual Framework of the Enterprise and Research Development.

  • Areas of Study: Students complete a minimum of five courses in their area(s) of study; students may have a major and minor area of study.

  • Research Methods and Statistics - Stream A: This stream includes courses in econometrics and operations management.

  • Research Methods and Statistics - Stream B: This stream includes courses in multivariate analysis, research methodology and methods and more.

  • Candidacy: Students will complete a research proposal and both oral and written candidacy exams.

  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.


  • Accounting
  • Business Technology Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Environmental Management/Sustainable Development
  • Finance
  • Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Strategy and Global Management


Consulting, Financial Services, Management, Business Analysis, Marketing and Sales, Teaching, Professor.

A PhD in managment is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Two core courses and ten additional courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Six years maximum


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

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    James Agarwal

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    Marketing; Consumer Psychology, Marketing Ethics; Global Marketing; Marketing Research, Statistical Methodology
  2. Marco Bijvank

    Marco Bijvank

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    Giovani da Silveira

    Accepting Inquiries
  4. Jim Dewald

    Jim Dewald

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    Jinhee Huh

    Accepting Inquiries
  6. Mohammad Keyhani

    Mohammad Keyhani

    Accepting Inquiries
    Digital Entrepreneurship Technology, NoCode Entrepreneurship, Strategic Entrepreneurship, Generativity
  7. Pengfei Li

    Pengfei Li

    Accepting Inquiries
    industry dynamics, economic geography, international business, strategy
  8. Barrie R Nault

    Barrie R. Nault

    Accepting Inquiries
    Business Technology Management
  9. Scott Radford

    Scott Radford

    Accepting Inquiries
  10. Chad Saunders

    Chad Saunders

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.


  • A current C.V.
  • A personal statement outlining objectives, intent and commitment to a research program

Test scores

Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT*) with a recommended minimum score of 650, with high scores on both verbal and quantitative subcomponents. (Many successful applicants have earned scores of 700 and above). As an alternative to a GMAT score, results on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will be considered. Overall GRE test score in the 85th percentile is the recommended minimum.


Supervisors must have availability and resources for the area in which the student wishes to study.

Minimum education

An MBA degree or equivalent.

Reference letter


Work samples


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Haskayne School of Business

Scurfield Hall, Room 343
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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