A Bachelor’s degree (in the US), the completion of the first year of a Master (in Europe) or an equivalent diploma, representing a four-year course of study in an accredited college or university, is required for admission. A completed Master’s degree is not required, although many applicants have a Master’s degree in such fields as management, finance, economics, engineering, psychology, statistics or other related fields. Superior academic performance is expected. 

European students with a Master’s in Research are also welcome to apply. Successful applicants would gain exemption from certain lectures and, depending on their background, would follow a sequence of lectures covering approximately one year instead of two.

Each application will be carefully studied by the professors in the field of specialization, and by the Doctoral Programme Council composed of professors from all fields.

The academic year starts in early September.

Application checklist


Resume and research proposal

A research proposal is a personal statement explaining your choice of pursuing a PhD in management. Indeed the Doctoral Programme is interested in your motivations for pursuing doctoral studies in Toulouse as well as your ambitions and more importantly your research interests. What topic, question, or field would you like to research for your Master’s thesis?

Please describe them in a reflection note in English: Maximum of 6 pages, single line spacing, font size 12.


You have to submit a copy of your transcripts for all college/university degrees and courses. Superior academic performance is expected. 

Applicants with foreign qualifications in a language other than English or French must also include a professional translation of degrees and transcripts into English or French.

English language proficiency test score report

Since the programme is in English, adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. All students whose native language is not English must take one of the following English tests: TOEFL or IELTS.

Submitted scores must not be older than two years, and must be from a test taken between December 1, 2017 and December 1, 2019 for Fall 2020 enrolment.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to choose the TOEFL internet-based test when possible.

The committee prefers scores of at least 85 on the TOEFL internet-based test, equivalent to a CEFR B2 level.

Reference letters

NOTE: if you are a student at Toulouse School of Management, Toulouse School of Economics or Toulouse Business School you do NOT have to provide these letters.

The Doctoral Programme requires two references (at least one from an academic source) who will be contacted for a recommendation. To prepare your application, you should contact professors who are in the department in which you did the major part of your studies and who are well acquainted with your work to ask them whether they would accept to be a reference for you.

If you have had a year or more of full-time experience in research since graduation, one of the two letters may be a recommendation from a supervisor.

EasyRecrue pre-recorded video interview

Pre-recorded individual interviews via EasyRecrue are mandatory to assess your motivation and engagement and to check your English level.

All of the interview questions are given in English: Please answer all questions in English.

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