The University of Waikato - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa

Applying for a PhD

Prospective applicants should review the university's application process, available at You should note that decisions about admission are not finalised or made by the Management Communication department; rather, they are made at the school and university levels. The department makes recommendations and assessments of its ability to support prospective students, which are then forwarded on to the management school and the university's postgraduate studies office.

The department has a process in place to make recommendations for application. See the flow chart about this process. Initial expressions of interest should be emailed to the department's doctoral convenor Alison Henderson.

Students may then be invited to submit a formal application for admission to the Waikato Management School. Once the department receives the formal application from the Management Student Centre, we make a formal assessment of the application, as well as our resources and abilities to supervise students. If we are able to support the student, our formal recommendation to the school might include a stipulation that students take some relevant coursework during the period of provisional enrolment. 

Once students are provisionally enrolled, then the department makes a formal decision about the constitution of the student's supervisory team. Students may move from provisional enrolment to full enrolment only if they successfully submit a full Ph.D. proposal to the university. The university stipulates that the preparation of a full proposal should typically take 6 months from the time of initial provisional enrolment.

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