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The Rotman PhD Program

Canada's Leading Management PhD Program

The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is home to the #6 PhD program in the world, according to the Financial Times. The Rotman PhD program is a growing, vibrant and intellectually rich environment for those  interested in developing new insights in management. We are a close-knit community of scholars who value and celebrate insightful, breakthrough research - and we welcome you to join us.

Canada's Top Doctoral Program in Management

One of the key strengths of the Rotman doctoral program are our students, whose breakthrough research and success in the job market has helped propel the Rotman PhD into the top 10 internationally. In addition, Rotman ranks in the top 10 for its faculty and research strengths, according to the Financial Times.

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Our faculty members partner with Rotman PhD students in our research-led culture, which emphasizes rigour, creativity and innovation. Rotman PhD candidates also have opportunities to work closely with faculty across the University of Toronto, Canada’s leading university. The PhD curriculum is carefully designed to support students as publishing scholars as early as possible in their doctoral studies, and we have a terrific track record of placements in leading business schools. 

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Exceptional Students, Incredible Learning

The Rotman School is ranked in the top 10 for its faculty and research strengths, and an academic culture of collaboration and research excellence is a cornerstone of the Rotman PhD. Our doctoral program is delivered in six streams that reflect the organization of the school as a whole: 

PhD students at Rotman study in small classes and form close working relationships with faculty. Take a moment to get to know our program requirements. If you are a strong candidate with an appetite for academic excellence, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about the Rotman PhD.

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Your Research Career Begins Here

The Rotman PhD is for ambitious scholars who plan to teach and research at some of the world's top business schools. If you are looking to study with leading faculty, publish in noted academic journals, and build a global network of like-minded scholars, the Rotman PhD program is for you. Our goal is to prepare our PhD students for exceptional careers in the field of management, and all aspects of the doctoral program are developed with your professional goals in mind. Find out how the Rotman School at the University of Toronto has been the launching pad for many stellar academic careers.

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Imagine Yourself at Rotman

If you're thinking of applying to the doctoral program at the Rotman School, the odds are you are a promising scholar, driven to achieve success in your studies. At Rotman, we believe that your success is fueled by support that extends beyond scholarship. Your ability to achieve both during the program and after graduation also depends on your ability to build strong networks with faculty and your peers. We aim to give you the tools you need to complete your program while achieving a balanced life outside of the classroom. Explore these pages to find advice from other PhD students and relevant resources.

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Each year, the Rotman PhD program at the University of Toronto aims to select a small number of outstanding candidates who will go on to make significant contributions to management research and education. The admission selection process is highly competitive: on average only 15-20 doctoral students are admitted from a pool of 400-500 applicants. 

The faculty admission teams in each area look for excellent academic records that include strong backgrounds in relevant disciplines and/or previous work experience related to the intended area of concentration. Attention is also paid to test scores, letters of references, and to the applicants' own written descriptions of their backgrounds, interests, and career goals. Explore these pages to learn about Rotman's highly competitive application process. 

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Rotman boasts an exceptional Accounting department. Pursue research on everything from financial statement analysis to auditing securities valuation with guidance and instruction from star faculty members trained at Yale, Wharton, New York University and Kellogg.

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The Finance program at Rotman provides PhD education from some of the world’s leading researchers. One of the world’s top-ranked Finance areas, the PhD Program prepares students for careers at premier institutions.

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A PhD in Marketing at Rotman incorporates high quality research on a diverse range of marketing subjects, focusing on strong theoretical foundation and rigorous methods. Our program provides a rich academic environment with state of the art equipment, labs, facilities and exceptional faculty!

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OB & HR Management

With exposure to state-of-the-art theories, research methods, and literature, the OBHRM stream of Rotman’s PhD program provides an ideal training for students seeking a successful research career.

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Operations Management

The PhD program, Operations Management, provides cutting-edge training and research on all aspects of operating systems, supply chain management, and logisitcs via a stellar faculty from Columbia, Indiana, John Hopkins, MIT and Stanford.

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Strategic Management

Drawing from critical economics and sociology theory, the Strategic Management stream prepares students to tackle the strategic challenges of modern institutions through exceptional research.

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Business Economics

The Business Economics area of the Rotman School and the University of Toronto is world-renowned, with expertise in economic issues and problems related to business organization, management, and strategy.

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For further information on our PhD Program, including information on admissions, please contact the PhD Office

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