PhD in Management | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

PhD in Management

phd management students

Lang's PhD Management program prepares you for tenure-track positions at top universities around the world.

You will work alongside Lang's prolific, world-class faculty who are on a mission to use business as a force for good.

With the Lang's PhD in Management program, you'll explore complex challenges in modern business management and scholarship, and develop relevant research within a general degree or in one of three unique academic fields in which the University has a distinct strength -  marketing and consumer behaviour, 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.

Program Progression 

The typical progression through the program is: coursework, qualifying exam (no later than semester 5), thesis proposal, research, and thesis defence.


Lang Scholar Amanda Wuth

"The School's values and research being conducted by its faculty aligned with many of my core values and interests - that is why I chose Lang over other business schools. It is rare that one finds a graduate program that is committed to helping its students achieve a healthy work-life balance while preventing burnout but the Lang Doctoral program appears to be just that. This program offered everything that I was looking for in a grad school experience."

Amanda Wuth
PhD Management student and Lang Scholar




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Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • A recognized master’s degree in a management field with a first class (A- / 80%) average;
  • 2 references, with an option for a third reference. Our preference is for academic references, but professional ones may be substituted if appropriate;
  • Acceptable GMAT or GRE Score (Minimum Scores - GMAT: 600; or GRE: 60th percentile)
    • COVID-19 consideration: We recognize that in-person testing may not be accessible due to COVID-19 protections. Both the GMAT and GRE tests are available in an online at-home format, which will be accepted on par with the in-person version. We encourage applicants to choose the format best suited to them.

    • Applications without GMAT or GRE scores will be considered incomplete and may not be reviewed for admission until a score is provided.  

  • Proof of English proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English. Please note that test scores must be valid for the start of the program.

    • Applicants who completed a post-secondary degree from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand may request that this requirement be waived. This request will be reviewed by the graduate selection committee, who may ask for an interview and/or supplementary documentation in their consideration. 

Application deadlines for Fall 2024 admission:

  • January 15 -- submission of the online application form
  • February 1 -- submission of all required supporting documents



To apply to the University of Guelph, follow these steps:

  1. Create your OUAC account online.
  2. Complete the online application form through the OUAC portal (this will take about an hour – save your application regularly to avoid losing your work) by listing your demographic information, academic experience, work experience and referee information.

    Statement of Research: Please do not enter your statement into the OUAC online application. You will upload your statement later in the application process.
    Application Fee: Your application will not be submitted until you have paid the application fee.
  3. Following the completion of your online application, you will receive an email from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies staff with login information for the University of Guelph’s WebAdvisor portal. Please note that access to WebAdvisor will be granted within a few business days, but may take up to 5 days during peak periods.
  4. Upload the necessary application documents to WebAdvisor. All documents, including references, statement, and transcripts must be received by the application deadline
  5. Monitor your email and WebAdvisor for your admissions decision. You will receive email notification when your admissions decision has been posted to WebAdvisor.

Funding for PhD Students

Full-time PhD students are offered guaranteed financial support in their offer of admission. The funding extends throughout the program duration for all eligible semesters (generally the first 12 full-time semesters) and can include a combination of: Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA), Graduate Service Assistantships (GSA), scholarships and awards.

  • Minimum guaranteed funding for PhD students (full-time) is: Domestic students: $21,000 per year for 4 years
  • International students: $21,000 per year for 4 years, plus the University of Guelph International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship for eligible students.

Please note: Additional funding is available to students in the form of competitive scholarships and additional GTA, GRA and teaching earnings. Funding packages may be adjusted if major external or internal scholarship is awarded.  


Faculty research explores the following topics:

  • Consumer decision making
  • Innovation adoption
  • Sustainable tourism management
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Social identity and organizational change
  • Leadership and psychological capital
  • Sport management

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

Full faculty and staff list for the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.


The PhD program requires the completion of 4.50 credits. Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Calendar.

  • A set of core courses common to all PhD Management students [2.00 credits]
  • A set of field-specific courses [1.50 credits]
  • Electives [1.00 credit]
  • Other requirements as listed below

Common Core Courses [2.00 credits]

MGMT*6800    Philosophical Foundations of Management Research                  [0.50]

MGMT*6810    Management Research Methods & Design                                 [0.50]

MGMT*6840    Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate Techniques           [0.50]

MGMT*6850    Qualitative Research Methods                                                   [0.50]

Field-Specific Courses & Electives [1.50 credits & 1.00 credit]

Organizational Leadership:

BUS*6840         Foundational Theories of Management                                      [0.50]

MGMT*6150    Micro-Organizational Behaviour                                                 [0.50]

MGMT*6160    Macro-Organizational Behaviour                                               [0.50]

At least 2 additional courses, selected in consultation with your advisory committee.

Services Management:

HTM*6710       Services Management Theory I                                                  [0.50]

HTM*6720       Services Management Theory II                                                 [0.50]

TRMH*6100      Foundations of Tourism and Hospitality                                     [0.50]

At least 2 additional courses, selected in consultation with your advisory committee.

Marketing and Consumer Behaviour:

MCS*6000        Consumption Behaviour Theory I                                               [0.50]

MCS*6100        Marketing Strategy                                                                   [0.50]

MCS*6850        Models for Marketing Decisions                                                 [0.50]

At least 2 additional courses, selected in consultation with your advisory committee.

Other Requirements:

  • Participate in MGMT*6950 Doctoral Research Seminar each Fall and Winter semester until semester 12. 
  • Complete MGMT*6900 PhD Research Seminar Project, a mentored research course, in the third semester.
  • Pass a qualifying examination. The qualifying examination will normally be scheduled during the fourth or fifth semester of full-time study and must be completed no later than the end of the fifth full-time semester.
  • Prepare, present and orally defend a research proposal upon passing the qualifying exam.
  • Complete and defend a full doctoral dissertation.

For more information on this program, contact us at:

Graduate Program Assistant