PhD Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: January 15

How to Apply


Degree Requirements

Students are admitted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. Information about International Degree Equivalencies is available from the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Applicants require a master’s degree in Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Economics, Sociology, Public Policy, Political Science, Management, or a related field of study
  • In very exceptional circumstances, students with a Hon. B.A. Degree in Industrial Relations may apply if they have outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated quantitative skills and research ability.

Academic Achievement

Minimum academic standing required is B+ (77%) or 3.3 (4.0 grade scale) overall in the previous Master’s program.

Recommended Courses

The admissions committee considers academic performance in recommended courses.

  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Other courses that may be relevant to the applicant’s area of interest.

GRE or GMAT Tests

GRE or GMAT test scores are required for all PhD applicants.

Results more than five years old are normally not considered.  Although these is no minimum score requirement, the relative strength of a test result is evaluated within the context of the entire application.

GRE or GMAT test scores must be received by January 15.  Use the codes below to submit your test results:

GRE (General Test)
0982 University, 4204 Dept.


English Language Proficiency

  • Facility in the English language must be demonstrated by applicants educated outside Canada whose first language is not English.
  • The School of Graduate Studies recognizes four tests – TOEFL, COPE, IELTS, and MELAB.