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 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 timeline

This PhD program consists of five 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.

program timeline


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.
  • Acceptable GMAT or GRE Score (Minimum Scores - GMAT: 600; or GRE: 60th percentile)  

    Although the GMAT or GRE remains an admission requirement for applicants to our programs, we are aware that some students may be currently unable to complete one of the tests at an official testing centre or via the online testing platform due to COVID-19 closures.  Accordingly, we are temporarily instituting the following policy:

    • All applicants who are able to access physical or virtual GMAT or GRE testing are required to submit current GRE or GMAT scores with their application.
    • If an applicant is unable to access the testing services at this time due to COVID-19, they may submit their remaining application materials for the time being, with the expectation that they will complete the GMAT or GRE test when the testing becomes available, before the admissions deadline.  Applications without a GMAT or GRE score will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for admission until a score is provided.  We will reassess the situation as we approach the application deadline, as the pandemic unfolds. 
  • 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. 

The application deadline is February 1.



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.


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.


Overall, the proposed program consists of five semesters of coursework (five core courses, four required field courses, two electives and the teaching course), followed by the qualifying exam, presentation and defense of a research proposal, and finally, the completion and defense of a full doctoral dissertation.

Students are required to take a total of 6.0 credits (12 courses), the PhD Research Project Seminar course in the third (summer) semester (0.0 credit) and the Marketing & Consumer Studies Seminar course (0.0 credit) each fall and winter semester the student is registered.



  • MGMT*6950 [0.00] Doctoral Research Seminar
  • MGMT*6820 [0.50] Theory of Management
  • MGMT*6830 [0.50] Applied Univariate Statistical Analysis for Management
  • Required field course

Marketing and Consumer Behaviour stream: one of

  • MCS*6000 [0.50] Consumption Behaviour Theory I
  • MCS*6100 [0.50] Marketing Theory

Organizational Leadership stream:

  • BUS*6830 [0.50] Foundational Theories of Leadership

Services Management stream:

  • HTM*6710 [0.50] Services Management Theory I
Note: MGMT*6830 can be substituted with PSYC*6060 Research Design and Statistics or with STAT*6950 Statistical Methods for Life Sciences, upon recommendation from the Graduate Program Coordinator.


  • MGMT*6950 [0.00] Doctoral Research Seminar
  • MGMT*6840 [0.50] Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate Techniques
  • MGMT*6850 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
  • Required field course

Marketing and Consumer Behaviour stream: one of

  • MCS*6010 [0.50] Consumption Behaviour Theory II
  • MCS*6120 [0.50] Marketing Management

Organizational Leadership stream

  • BUS*6840 [0.50] Foundational Theories of Management

Services Management

  • HTM*6720 [0.50] Services Management Theory II


  • MGMT*6800 [0.50] Philosophy of Social Science Research
  • MGMT*6900 [0.00] PhD Research Seminar Project



  • MGMT*6950 [0.00] Doctoral Research Seminar
  • UNIV*6800 [0.50] University Teaching: Theory and Practice
  • Required field course

Marketing and Consumer Behaviour stream: one of

  • ECON*6600 [0.50] Labour Economics
  • MCS*6070 [0.50] Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling
  • MCS*6810 [0.50] Experimental Design and Analysis for Behavioural Research in Management Studies
Note: The field course can be replaced by a course in Psychological Methods or Marketing Models upon agreement from program coordinator.

Organizational Leadership: one of

  • BUS*6800 [0.50] Readings in Leadership I
  • BUS*6820 [0.50] Readings in Management

Services Management: One of theory or methods courses:

  • ECON*6000 [0.50] Microeconomic Theory I
  • ECON*6140 [0.50] Econometrics I
  • FARE*6380 [0.50] Applied Microeconomics for Agricultural Economists
  • MCS*6000 [0.50] Consumption Behaviour Theory I
  • MCS*6070 [0.50] Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling
  • MCS*6100 [0.50] Marketing Theory

All fields: One elective course [0.50] from Elective Course List below.


  • MGMT*6950 [0.00] Doctoral Research Seminar
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Required field course

Marketing and Consumer Behaviour: one of

  • ECON*6160 [0.50] Econometrics II
  • ECON*6610 [0.50] Topics in Labour Economics
  • One course in Psychology/ Sociology/ Microeconomics/Econometrics/ Economics/Marketing/Consumer Behaviour/ upon agreement with program co-ordinator

Organizational Leadership: 

  • BUS*6810 [0.50] Readings in Leadership II

Services Management: One of theory or methods courses:

  • ANTH*6140 [0.50] Qualitative Research Methods
  • BUS*6810 [0.50] Readings in Leadership II
  • ECON*6010 [0.50] Microeconomic Theory II
  • ECON*6100 [0.50] Experimental Economics
  • FARE*6970 [0.50] Applied Quantitative Methods for Agricultural Economists
  • MCS*6010 [0.50] Consumption Behaviour Theory II

All fields: One elective course [0.50] from Elective Course List below.


  • Thesis Proposal Defence


SEMESTER 7, 8 & 9

  • MGMT*6950 [0.00] Doctoral Research Seminar
  • Thesis Research


SEMESTER 10, 11 & 12

  • MGMT*6950 [0.00] Doctoral Research Seminar
  • Doctoral Thesis


All fields: Two elective courses [1.00]

The elective courses can be one from the required courses list or another course from the list below. Other electives from other University of Guelph academic units can be considered if agreed to by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

  • HTM*6730 [0.50] Cases in Management
  • MCS*6800 [0.50] Best Worst Scaling and Discrete Choice Analysis
  • TRMH*6100 [0.50] Foundations of Tourism and Hospitality
  • TRMH*6200 [0.50] Contemporary Issues in Tourism
  • TRMH*6250 [0.50] Tourism and Sustainable Development
  • TRMH*6310 [0.50] Research Applications in Tourism and Hospitality
  • BU*842 [0.50] Consumer Behavior, Marketing, Wilfrid Laurier
  • BU*862 [0.50] Research in Brand and Product Management, Marketing, Wilfrid Laurier
  • SOC*760 [0.50] Social Networks, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo


For more information on this program, contact us at:

Graduate Program Assistant