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Graduate Studies Calendar 2023-2024 Program Descriptions Haskayne School of Business Programs Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Location: Scurfield Hall, Room 427
Phone: PhD Program: 403.220.6073
Fax: 403.282.0095
Email address:
Web page URL:

1. Degree and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management


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

The program requires full-time attendance.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Admission, the Haskayne School of Business requires:

a) An MBA degree or equivalent from a recognized institution with a recommended minimum admission grade point average of 3.50 on a four-point scale. Students with an undergraduate or master’s degree in an area other than business may be required to complete a qualifying period to gain a general business background before beginning the normal doctoral course requirements.

It is possible to enter the PhD program without an MBA or other master’s degree. Consult the Director of the PhD Program for further information.

b) 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.

c) For those students required to present proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 97 with no section less than 20, an IELTS score of 7.0 with no section less than 6.0, or a PTE score of 68.

d) Current CV.

e) Two reference letters.

f) A personal statement outlining objectives, intent and commitment to a research program.

g) Availability of a research-active supervisor and resources for the area in which the student wishes to study.

Work experience in business or public organizations will be considered.

*Consult the Haskayne School of Business about the Graduate Management Admission Test.

4. Advanced Credit

Course requirements for doctoral students will be based on the student’s background and program needs. Credit for previous courses will be provided as appropriate.

5. Course Requirements

The program consists of a minimum of 36 units. Two of these are core courses required of all students. In addition, students choose at least five courses in their chosen area(s) of study and five research methods courses.

a) Two core courses – Management Studies 794 and 795. Students should take Management Studies 795 during the Spring/Summer Sessions between their first and second years.

b) Courses in the area(s) of study: Students will take a minimum of 15 units in their area(s) of study. Students can choose a major area and a minor area. The major area must be chosen from those offered within the Haskayne School of Business, which represents the student's specialization:

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

Students will be required to take a minimum of 9 units from the major area.

c) Minor Area – The minor area of study must complement the major area. It may be chosen from those areas offered within the Haskayne School of Business or from those offered from other faculties. Students will be required to take a minimum of 3 units in their minor area.

d) Research Methods and Statistics: Students are required to choose either Stream A or Stream B and to take at least two courses in their selected Stream from the following lists:

Stream A: Economics 615/495; Economics 715/497; plus one other course option (e.g., Operations Management 799.03)

Stream B: Management Studies 773; 783; plus a qualitative research methods course (e.g., Strategy and Global Management 796)

Nine units of additional courses in research methods and statistics (a total of fifteen units) are required, offered within the Haskayne School of Business or by other faculties.

The typical student will take 36 units over the first 20 months of the program. The number of courses may vary according to the student's particular program and background. Students work closely with their research-active supervisors who help guide them to the appropriate courses within and outside the School. There is also a requirement to complete courses/workshops at the Teaching and Learning Centre to develop necessary teaching skills.

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

The PhD program will allow students to pursue the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) with the exception of the following courses:

Students may choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade will not affect students' eligibility for internal awards.

6. Additional Requirements

As part of the program, all doctoral students are required to teach two courses as instructor (after passing Field of Study Exams). Courses will be assigned in consultation with Supervisor and Area Chair.

Attendance at an orientation session is mandatory for all incoming doctoral students. Regular attendance at seminars offered by the PhD program, their disciplinary Areas, and the School is also required of all doctoral students.

7. Time Limit

Six years.

8. Supervisory Assignments

Doctoral students are required to have secured a permanent supervisor within the first twelve months of their program. A supervisory committee reflective of the student’s research interests is required within three months after the permanent supervisor has been approved.

9. Required Examinations


Doctoral students must pass oral and written Field of Study examinations. For complete details of the examination format and other candidacy requirements, see HSB Candidacy Requirements.

Thesis Examination

Doctoral students will complete an oral thesis examination at the end of their programs. The student presentation portion of the thesis examination is public. In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Thesis Examinations, the program requires:

Scheduling of the Examination
All members of the Supervisory Committee must have reviewed the student’s research, including a relevant written sample of the materials related to the thesis, before an examination can be scheduled.

Composition of the Committee
The Internal Examiner may be internal to the home program.

10. Research Proposal Requirements

Students must complete a written thesis proposal, which will be evaluated by the supervisory committee in a meeting. See HSB Candidacy Requirements for further information about the proposal requirements and approval process.

Students whose research involves human subjects must receive approval from the Haskayne School of Business and from the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board before beginning data collection.

11. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, please see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar.