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Business Administration, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
The PhD program in Business Administration at the McMaster University offers students the opportunity to study and conduct leading-edge research with some of the top researchers in their fields. 
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Students develop the theoretical and methodological expertise required to create original research that makes a significant impact on the business community.

As a student in the PhD Business Administration at the McMaster University, you can choose a specialization and focus your studies and research in a particular field. This gives you the opportunity to interact with experts in your field from DeGroote’s distinguished faculty and engaging student population.

You must complete between 6 and 12 one-term courses. The exact number and mix of courses depends on your background and research interests, assessed by your supervisor.

When qualified, students can sometimes receive exemptions for courses. You can also take additional courses as long as you do not take more than twelve degree requirement courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Health Management
  • Information Systems
  • Management of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources
  • Management Science
  • Marketing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Master’s degree in a related field with a minimum B+ average

  • Minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 600
  • In lieu of a GMAT score, a comparable Graduate Records Exam (GRE) score will be considered

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7008 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7008 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7008 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7008 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


All DeGroote PhD students are guaranteed funding for the first four years of study. Currently, each full-time student receives a minimum of $20,000 per year. The vast majority of our students receive more.

Graduate studies scholarships, teaching assistant positions and research assistant positions provide this funding. Students are encouraged to increase their income by seeking out research assistant positions with faculty members during the summer term as well.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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