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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence

PhD in Organizational Behaviour & Human Resource Management

Who Should Apply?

Students who wish to pursue a doctoral (PhD) degree in a research-based program that is aimed at developing students into researchers and academics.

What Can You Expect?

Coursework that is designed to provide a solid theoretical foundation in OB and HRM combined with exceptional statistical and methodological training including research methods, research design, and quantitative analyses. Students will also have the opportunity to delve deeper into topics with special topic courses, electives, and directed studies.

Students will also conduct their own research under the guidance of our faculty supervisors. Students are expected to engage in research throughout the program, culminating in the completion of their dissertation.

Exposure to cutting edge research from our faculty supervisors and guest speakers as well as networking opportunities within the academic community.

Program Overview

4 year program
Students focus on completing course work in Years 1 and 2
Comprehensive exams occur at the end of Year 2
Students further refine their research skills and complete their dissertation in Years 3 and 4
*Students are expected to engage in research throughout the program

A Sampling of Our Required Courses

BU700 – Univariate & Multivariate Statistics
BU800 – Fundamentals of Behavioural Research
BU801 – Management Foundations
BU802 – Research Methodology
BU804 – Organizational Behaviour
BU814 – Human Resource Management
BU891 – Comprehensive Exam
BU899 – Doctoral Dissertation
PS800 – Advanced Multivariate Methods

Students are also required to take several electives. The full course structure is available here.

Detailed course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar 2013/2014.

Note that students admitted into the PhD program from the Laurier MSc of Management will be exempt from some courses already completed at the Master’s level. 


$19,000 per year in funding, for up to four years

Teaching assistantships, internal and/or external scholarship awards, and research assistantships are also available.

International PhD applicants can apply for an Ontario Trillium Scholarship, valued at $40,000 per year for up to four years. More information about this opportunity can be found here.

Information regarding external awards can be found on the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the PhD program is judged primarily on the applicant’s ability to undertake research successfully and his/her prospects for completion of the program.

A Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in business or a related field with a minimum B+ average is normally required.

The School of Business & Economics requires that all applicants submit scores obtained on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). GMAT test scores (min. 85% percentile, generally a score of at least 650) are standard. When appropriate, equivalent Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores will be accepted (generally, a composite score of at least 305; 1100 for tests taken prior to August 2011). Applicants whose language of instruction during the undergraduate degree was other than English must furnish evidence of proficiency in English prior to admission.  Normally, this evidence is an acceptable score on one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL Assessment. For more information please refer to the English Proficiency Requirements.

Please note the supporting documents you must submit as part of your application to the PhD in Management program. Applications will only be reviewed once you have applied online and we have received all supplementary materials in our office.

As this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces available, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Application Deadline

The early application deadline for September admission is January 15. We will continue accepting qualified applications after this date based on space availability in the program.

Contact Information

For program information please contact our Graduate Field Coordinator at

For application information please contact