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    • Asper School of Business
    • Stu Clark Graduate School
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Doctor of Philosophy

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    Expected duration

    • 4 years

Asper PhD student, Peter Pomart.
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Experience the Asper difference

The PhD program is central to the mission of the Asper School of Business at UM. The program was founded in 1990 and our commitment reflects the increasing need for Canadian-trained management academics
The AACSB-accredited program has already fulfilled the expectations of students and faculty and continues to attract highly-qualified individuals who are interested in developing their research and teaching skills.

Program details

The PhD program in management is designed to produce graduates who have competitive research and teaching skills and the abilities necessary for placement in teaching positions in Canada and the world.

Expected duration: 4 years

Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

Throughout their doctoral studies, students are engaged in research apprenticeships with the faculty. Students are assured of working with faculty members on several projects during their program and are required to spend a specific number of hours per week working for a faculty member during the term and in the summer. In this way, students are assured of receiving hands-on experience with the research process.

Students are expected to publish conference papers or journal articles during their program. Travelling to conferences and presenting research is a great way to meet other researchers in your field and gain exposure for your work.

Because the PhD program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue an academic career, a teaching practicum is required to help students develop teaching skills.

Program requirements

The PhD program consists of up to 30 credit hours of courses plus a thesis.

  • 12 credit hours of core requirements (specified by each area)
  • Up to 18 credit hours of other requirements.
  • Two zero-credit project courses are mandatory for all students.


  • MKT 7110 Doctoral Seminar in Marketing
  • MKT 7120 Doctoral Seminar in Consumer Behaviour
  • MKT 7080 Research Design and Methods
  • MKT 7100 Selected Topics in Management

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Business Administration

  • One of GMGT 7410 Organizational Behaviour, GMGT 7440 Organizational Theory or GMGT 7530 Strategy
  • Three from GMGT 7410 Organizational Behaviour, GMGT 7440 Organizational Theory, GMGT 7530 Strategy, or topics courses in the area of organizational behaviour, organizational theory, strategy, entrepreneurship, international business, industrial relations and human resource management

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.


  • FIN 7100 Financial Economics
  • FIN 7110 Asset Pricing
  • FIN 7520 - Finance II: Corporate Finance
  • FIN 7530 Advanced Topics in Finance

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be considered for entry into the PhD in management program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Those applying to the Asper PhD in management program should possess:

  1. An earned Master's degree from a recognized institution in a management or business discipline, or in a cognate or foundational disciplinary area (e.g. psychology, sociology, economics, mathematics), with minimum 3.0 G.P.A.;
  2. A minimum 600 GMAT score (or GRE equivalent);
  3. English Language Test score, where applicable
  4. Three letters of reference
  5. Appropriate research interest and capability as evidenced by a statement of purpose; and,
  6. In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum requirements, the following may be submitted:
    1. A thesis from a recognized institution;
    2. A major research paper from a recognized institution;
    3. An independently completed research article published in a refereed journal;
    4. An independently completed research working paper presented at a conference; and/or
    5. Other evidence of an appropriate nature, such as written class research projects and term papers.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies

How to apply

Applications for the PhD program are accepted once a year for Fall entry. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts
  • CV or resume
  • Statement of intent
  • GMAT or GRE, with a minimum score of 600
  • 3 letters of recommendation from academic references
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if required

Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.

GMAT and GRE resources

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are standardized tests used to demonstrate academic qualification for graduate programs. Applicants to the Asper (PhD) must provide one of these test scores as part of the admissions process.

Application deadlines

Canadian / US / International Applicants

Term Application deadline Apply
Fall 2022 February 1, 2022 Apply

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated. 

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Stu Clark Graduate School
Asper School of Business
Room 501, Drake Centre
181 Freedman Crescent
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4 Canada

Phone: 204-474-6781
Fax: 204-474-7544