- Admission Criteria
- Application Process
- Admission Tests/Language Requirements
- Recognition of Courses
- GMAT & GRE Tools
Note: The PhD courses are not currently offered in French. The PhD program is offered only on a full-time basis and it is not a distance education program.
To be considered for admission, applicants must:
- Hold a master’s degree with thesis in a relevant discipline. Each field has articulated its own list:
- Accounting: Accounting or Finance;
- Entrepreneurship: Management or Social Sciences, and depending on the area of inquiry, applicants with other areas of specialization at the master's level may also be admissible;
- Finance: Finance, or a relevant discipline with a solid understanding of finance theory and how it applies to financial management;
- Health Systems: Health Systems, Nursing, Health Informatics, or Health Sciences. Depending on the area of inquiry, students with a degree in Information Systems, Electronic Business Technology, or Operations Research may also be admissible;
- Organizational Behavior (OB) and Human Resources (HR): OB/HR or Psychology.
Note: Exceptionally, applicants holding a master’s degree without thesis may be considered provided their file includes scholarly publications or equivalent evidence of their capacity for advanced research. Students whose master’s degree was not in a related discipline may be required to take up to 9 units of additional courses beyond those normally required for the PhD in Management.
- Have an admission average of at least 8.0/10 (A-) calculated in accordance with University of Ottawa regulations;
- Submit their results in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Show English proficiency;
An interview with the admission committee or a member thereof may be required.
All Candidates: January 15
Any document not written in English or French must be accompanied by an official translation in English or French. Note: The selection committee will not consider applications without all the required documents.
Find a thesis supervisor before you apply
Finding a thesis supervisor before you apply to the PhD in Management program will give you an advantage for gaining entry into the program provided that you meet all the admission requirements. By having a thesis supervisor and some idea of the topic you would like to pursue before you apply, you show the admissions committee that you are committed to your doctoral education.
Advice on finding a thesis supervisor is available from Telfer and from the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
- Telfer School of Management—How to find a thesis supervisor
- Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Telfer PhD Program Checklist
In order for your admission file to be reviewed by the Telfer School of Management Admissions Committee the following tasks must be completed:
- Complete the OUAC application form online at, uOttawa.ca/graduate-studies/programs-admission/apply.Your application will be transmitted once you have paid the $100 fee.
- Provide in a sealed envelope a recent official transcript from each university institution you attended.
- To accelerate the admission process an electronic copy of your transcript(s) can be temporarily accepted until we receive your official copies.
- Provide official proof of degrees (if not indicated on the transcript)
- Transcripts from non-Canadian or non-American institutions should include the grading scale (often found at the bottom or back of the transcript. If not, you need to obtain it from your school). If the transcript is not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.
- Candidates who completed their studies in China must ask the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Development Center to assess the authenticity of their degree(s) and transcript(s). For details, visit http://cqv.chinadegrees.cn/en/.
Note: Transcripts from the University of Ottawa will be requested by our office.
- Provide an electronic copy of your curriculum vitae (resume).
- Detail research or academic experience relating to your area of research interest and any pertinent volunteer work.
- Add your two referees’ contact information in the Admission Portal checklist. The referees should be academic or research contacts.
- Once the online application has been submitted, you will receive by email your uoAccess ID and password.
- This ID and password will allow you to log in to the uoZone student portal where you can access your admission file via the uoZone “Applications” tab and enter the contact information of your referees.
- Identify at least one professor who is a member of the Telfer PhD program and whose research interests correspond to yours. Include this information in your statement of intent.
- Provide by email an electronic copy of your statement of intent clearly identifying your chosen field of interest (Accounting and Control, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Systems or Organizational Behavior and Human Resources). The statement of intent should be between 800 and 1000 words.
- Provide an electronic copy of a writing sample, such as a scholarly paper, between 10 and 15 pages in length.
- Provide the official admission test scores (GMAT or GRE).
- Request that official GMAT or GRE result be sent directly to the Telfer Graduate Office;
- The GMAT department code is 4BZ-76-85;
- The GRE department code is 0993.
- If applicable, provide your official language proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, CanTEST, etc.).
- To be valid, the test must be less than two years old at the time of application.
- Request that your official test scores be sent directly to the Telfer Graduate Office.
- The TOEFL Department code is 02.
- The institution code is 0993.
Note: Provide only one copy per required document (electronic or paper).
Exceptionally, applicants holding a master’s degree without thesis may be considered provided their file includes scholarly publications or equivalent evidence of their capacity for advanced research.
Deadline: January 15 (All candidates).
Please have all hard copy documents delivered to the following address:
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 4160
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5 Canada
Any document not written in English or French must be accompanied by an official translation in English or French.
NB: The selection committee will not consider applications without all required documents.
GMAT or GRE
The PhD requires one of the two following Admission Tests:
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®)
Candidates whose first language is not English must submit ONE of the following to confirm their English proficiency (the test scores cannot be more than two years old as of September 1 of the year of potential entry into the program):
- A score of at least 100 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is administered by Educational Testing Service, www.toefl.org.
- A score of at least 7 in at least three of the four International English Language Testing System (IELTS) rubrics (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking) and at least 6 in the fourth. The IELTS is administered by the British Council: www.ielts.org.
- Proof of completion, within the last five years, of a previous degree program in an English language university.
- Proof of recent prolonged residence and employment in an English speaking country (normally at least four of the last six years).
- A score of at least 4.5 on the CanTEST , administered by the University of Ottawa, with no individual test score below 4.5, along with a score of 4.5 on the oral component of the test.
- A score of at least 68 on the Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE Academic).
Recognition of Courses
Exemptions, Retained Units and Advanced Standing
Students enrolled in the MSc program in Management or Health Systems at the University of Ottawa may be allowed to fast-track to the PhD program without being required to write a master’s thesis, provided they meet the following conditions:
- Completion of 9 units of master’s courses with a minimum average of 8.5;
- Satisfactory progress in the research program;
- Submission and successful defense of a well-developed research proposal;
- Written recommendation from the proposed PhD thesis supervisor (and co-supervisor if applicable) and another professor in the program;
- Students must request permission to fast- track during the third term of enrolment or earlier and, if approved, must enrol in the PhD in the fourth term.
Students who have successfully completed compulsory units in other universities or their equivalents prior to admission may be granted an exemption. That is, they may be permitted to replace those units with elective units in the program on the advice of their supervisor and the program director, provided the units were completed with a grade of 85% or better no more than five years prior to admission to the PhD.
The maximum number of units for which an exemption can be granted is six. The General Regulations of the FGPS, section B 2.7, apply for transfer of units.
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