PhD in Management | College of Business and Economics

PhD in Management

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With the University of Guelph's PhD in Management program, you'll explore complex challenges in modern business management and scholarship, and develop relevant research within one of three unique academic fields in which the University has a distinct strength -  marketing and consumer behavior, services management and organizational leadership. Throughout your time here, you'll be conducting innovative and relevant research, presenting your ideas at conferences, writing papers for journal publications and networking with peers from other universities.

Choose one of the following academic fields:

Marketing and consumer behaviour

Understand the basis for consumer purchasing patterns and the development of marketing strategies.

Services management

Investigate management disciplines and challenges within the tourism, hospitality and food services sector.

Organizational leadership

Develop research concentrations from leadership and management challenges facing private and public organizations.

Program timeline

This PhD program consists of six semesters of coursework within the first two years. Students take five core and six field courses along with one teaching course and a subsequent qualifying exam. The remainder of the program is devoted to completion and defense of a full doctoral dissertation.

Meet our students

Graduates of the PhD in Management program come from a diverse mix of academics and backgrounds.



Student profiles


Meet our faculty

Our faculty are a vibrant, engaged group of researchers, who have conducted industry-changing research within their chosen field.

Read more about our faculty 

Jamie Gruman
Jamie Gruman
Expertise: Positive organizational behaviour and well-being in the workplace
Erna van duren
Erna van Duren
Expertise: Food value chain management
Timothy Dewhirst
Timothy Dewhirst
Expertise: Advertising and brand strategy


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Admission requirements

  • A recognized master’s degree in a management field with an average standing of at least “B+”
  • Acceptable GMAT or GRE Score (Minimum Scores - GMAT: 600; or GRE: 60th percentile)
  • Proof of English proficiency if it is not your first language. Read more.

The application deadline is February 1.

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