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.
Deadline: Our online application opens on October 15. The on-line application form and all supporting documentation listed below is due by January 10. To apply to our program, please refer to the Apply page.
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)
- 10 Things You Should Know Before Starting a PhD 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/)
(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. In exceptional cases, we will consider applicants who only have an undergraduate degree but solely if their grades are truly outstanding. Must have at least a "B+" average.
Please upload a copy of each official transcript to the online application in the language of the issuing university (Please note that if you are ADMITTED to our program, each University will need to provide us with official hard copies of all transcripts).
- if any of the transcripts are not in English: please upload a certified translated copy
-if you are 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 a 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.
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.
This requirement may not be waived or substituted. We strongly prefer scores whose individual components (e.g. verbal and quantitative components) each rank within or above the 75th percentile.
Please arrange to have official results sent directly to the PhD office on-line:
- GMAT: Please quote our program code on your request form: CMB-MG-20. Further information is available on the GMAC site.
- GRE: Please quote the university code 0984 on your request form. Further information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org
Test scores older than five years are not accepted.
Applicants whose mother tongue is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency through an English language test. 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 report to the online application. Please also arrange to have official results sent directly to our office by the issuing authority. Our TOEFL code number is 0984 (SGPS UWO). Test scores are valid for two years after the test date.
- TOEFL score must be at least 100 and no component (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) should be less than 25.
- Equivalently, each component of the IELTS should be above a 7.5.
- Any other versions of paper or computer-based tests will be held to a comparable standard.
Request to Waive the English Language Test: English Language Tests are sometimes waived if, during the past two consecutive years, you have studied and/or worked in a country where English is the primary language used*. If this is the case, we require the submission of a written request to waive the English language proficiency test. This request must include evidence of your proficiency. It is important to note that our assessment of an applicant’s ability to communicate in English impacts the admission decision. If you apply for a waiver but do not provide a convincing case, you risk being denied admission. 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. Your statement (in three pages or less) 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 you are applying to?
3. What are your research interests?
4. Which Ivey faculty 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?
Applicants must 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 before the application deadline (January 15).
Please upload your resume 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, e-mail addresses, and phone number.
If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada, please include a photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card or a photocopy of your Record of Landing.
*If you are applying to be a Permanent Resident, but have not been granted landed-immigrant status, you must apply as an international applicant.
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 successfully 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.