Entrepreneurship and Organization - PhD at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business
Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Admit term(s) Fall (September - December)
Application and document submission deadline(s)

February 1 (for admission in September)

Delivery mode On-campus 
Program type Doctoral, Research
Length of program 48 months
Registration option(s) Full-time
Study option(s) Thesis

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • Applicants will ideally hold a graduate degree in Business, Management, Economics, Psychology, Sociology or a related social science discipline, and must have a minimum overall average of 75%, or equivalent, in the previous degree. Those with more technical degrees (e.g., Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics) may also be considered where there is clear evidence of interest in the application of those fields to human behavior and choice in organizational or entrepreneurial settings. Applicants should highlight any prior research or research assistantship experience in their applications. The graduate degree could be a one or two-year program.
  • In exceptional cases, where a student has performed extremely well in a 4-year Honours degree in one of the domains listed above, and excelled in a scholarly research project, applicants can gain direct admission to the PhD program with the agreement of the Committee, Associate Director, Research and Doctoral Studies, and the Director of the Conrad School.
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results are required for domestic and international applicants to the PhD program. Applicants should have written these tests within the past five years.

Application materials

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Supplementary information form
  • Transcript(s)
  • References
    • Three references are required; at least two should be academic references and one can be professional 
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

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