Our faculty has myriad backgrounds and interests – part of learning to be a successful scholar is figuring out what kind of research sustains and excites you, and who among our faculty would like to work with you as a result. If you have a detailed idea of what we do and an emerging idea about what kinds of research questions you are passionate about, you are well on your way to determining if Ivey is a good fit for you.
The program is small and emphasizes collaboration between the faculty and students. We are looking for applicants with superior credentials who demonstrate a track record of excellence.
Sometimes people thinking about doing a PhD are surprised to learn what earning the degree actually involves. Before you spend a lot of time and money applying, find out about the degree and if it’s right for you.
Some great information on PhD programs can be found here:
- What is a PhD? by Marian Petre & Gordon Rugg (findaphd.com)
- Notes on the PhD Degree by Doug Comer (Purdue University)
- 9 Things You Should Consider Before Embarking on a PhD by Andy Greenspon (elsevier.com)
- 5 Questions to Answer Before Deciding to Study a PhD in 2021 by Julio Peironcely (nextscientist.com)
- Our very own Neil Bendle shares his thoughts on doing a PhD in Marketing
- PhD Admissions Guide by Scott Cowley (scottcowley.com)
- The illustrated guide to a Ph.D. (http://matt.might.net/)
- Understanding who you might want as a supervisor (timeshighereducation.com/)
All required documentation listed below (including references) is due January 15th.
To apply to our program, please refer to the APPLY page.
(Download an admissions timeline to help you plan the application process)
We favour applicants who can clearly articulate their scholarly goals and demonstrate a clear fit between their research interests and those of the faculty in their intended area of specialization. To be considered for admission to our program, applicants must submit the following documentation in their online application:
A master’s degree from an accredited university or college is required, the applicant must have at least a "B+" average. In exceptional cases, we will consider applicants who only have an undergraduate degree, but solely if their grades are truly outstanding.
Please upload a copy of each official transcript to the online application in the language of the issuing university. If you are admitted to our program, each University will need to provide us with official hard copies of all transcripts.
- Grading schemes: Most universities include a grading scheme on the transcript or as a separate attachment. We need this information to assess your eligibility for admission and funding. Be sure the transcripts you provide include a grading scheme.
- Transcripts not in English: Please upload a certified translated copy
- Enrolled in another program at the time of application: Please upload an official interim transcript with your application. If you are offered admission to Western, the offer will be conditional upon completing that degree. You will have to provide confirmation of completing the degree (and official final transcripts) before you may enroll at Ivey.
- If the transcript does not show the degree has been earned: Please upload an official copy of the certificate of completion and/or diploma in the language of the issuing university.
- If the university does not issue transcripts: Please provide an official letter from that university confirming the policy. In such instances, please also provide a list of courses you have completed and, where possible, course outlines for each.
We strongly prefer GRE or GMAT scores with individual components ranking within or above the 75th percentile.
- Please upload a copy of your GRE/GMAT report to the online application, and
- Arrange to have official results sent directly to us by the issuing authority:
- This requirement may not be waived or substituted.
- Test scores older than five years are not accepted.
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency through an English language test.
TOEFL score must be at least 100 and no component (i.e. speaking, listening, reading, and writing) should be less than 25. Equivalently, the total score for IELTS must be at least a 7.5 and each component should be at least 7.5.
Due to COVID-19 related postponements/cancellations of TOEFL/IELTS exams, we will be temporarily accepting Duolingo English Test scores of 120 or higher, with no subscore lower than 100 as proof of English proficiency.
All of our recently admitted students who took an English language test scored significantly better than the minimum requirement.
- Please upload a copy of your TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo report to the online application, and
- Arrange to have official results sent directly to our office by the issuing authority.
- Western's Institution Code for TOEFL is 0984.
- Department is 'Graduate Studies' (or, if applicable, department code 99).
- Test scores older than two years are not accepted.
- Other versions of paper or computer-based tests will be held to a comparable standard.
Request to Waive the English Language Test
If, during the previous two consecutive years, the applicant has studied and/or worked in a country where English is the primary language used*, they may submit a written letter within the online application requesting the English language proficiency test requirement be waived.
The request must be written by the applicant and include evidence of proficiency (e.g., photocopy of a previous English language test score, comments in appraisals concerning proficiency, number of years working/studying in an anglophone country, etc.). Requests are considered only if the applicant has been recommended for admission, thus it is important that the applicant makes a strong case. If the applicant is unable to demonstrate a proficiency in English to our satisfaction, admission will be denied. The program reserves the right to require remedial training for any student who shows an inadequate command of English after starting the PhD program.
*The list of eligible countries is as follows: Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Ghana, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
As part of the application process, we ask candidates to provide a Statement of Research and Professional Interests. This statement is an important part of how we assess your application. It allows us to gauge your preparation, fit and so on.
Please upload your Statement of Research and Professional Interests to the online application. Your statement should address each of the topics below:
1. Why do you want to do a PhD at Ivey?
2. What is your current understanding of the discipline to which you are applying?
3. What are your research interests?
4. Which Ivey faculty members do you think would be interested in working with you and why?
5. Who, if anyone, at Ivey have you talked to about doing a PhD here?
6. If you were to graduate from our PhD program, what would be your career plans?
Statement must be written in three pages or less.
Please list three referees in the online application form, once this is done, an email is automatically generated advising both the applicant and referees of the submission. The referee will be provided with a link to the online appraisal form. If desired, he/she will also be able to upload and submit a written reference letters as a PDF file.
At least two of the three references should be from professors who know you well enough to evaluate your capacity to conduct independent scholarly work.
All three recommendations must be submitted on, or before, the application deadline.
Please upload your curriculum vitae to the online application.
Include your education, work experience, research and publications, awards/distinctions, and any other information you feel would support your application. On the first page, please include your full name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
Please upload a photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card, or a photocopy of your Record of Landing, to the online application.
Please select "Study Permit" in the online application for the status in Canada
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will need a study permit and/or a temporary resident visa to study in Canada. This process takes at least six months. Keep in mind that the PhD program begins in August, that means that if you receive an offer of admission from Ivey, you should familiarise yourself with the application process for this permit or visa as soon as possible. We encourage you to visit Western's International Student Services and Citizenship and Immigration Canada websites for further information. To give you an idea of how long applications for study permits at different visa offices have taken in the past, please visit processing times.
If accepted to our PhD program you must present your original valid Citizenship and Immigration Canada Study Permit to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies prior to the official start date of the term in which you begin your graduate degree.