Application Process

Applicants are required to use the online application.

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An application fee of $50 must be submitted by applicants through the online application system. This system allows applicants to pay by credit card. Do not send cash. The application fee cannot be waived, is nonrefundable, and does not apply toward registration fees.

Applicants either must request that an official copy of all transcripts be sent directly from each institution to the Ph.D. Program Office or submit the official transcripts unopened with the application. A copy of the degree certificate must also be sent if transcripts do not include an official degree statement.

Three letters of recommendation are required from persons who are able to evaluate the applicant's intellectual capacity for advanced study, independent research, analytical thinking, and the potential for effective teaching at the collegiate level. Applicants and students are not permitted to have access to letters of recommendation.
Applicants must take either the GMAT or GRE. Typically, competitive test scores are at least in the 50th percentile in the verbal and quantitative sections.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

All applicants to the Ph.D. in business administration program must submit official scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) of the Educational Testing Service. The school code is QCK-ZW-59.

GMAT scores will not be considered if they are more than seven years old at the time of application to the Ph.D. program.

A GMAT Information Bulletin may be obtained by contacting the Educational Testing Service:

Graduate Management Admission Test
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6103
Princeton, NJ 08541-6013
Phone: 609-771-7330
Fax: 609-883-4349

Please Note: Accountancy and Strategic Management will only accept the GMAT.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Alternative

The following units will accept scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) as a substitute for the GMAT from applicants:

  • Business Process Innovation
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Finance
  • Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management and Insurance

The GRE school code is 5251.

This portion of the Ph.D. application is your opportunity to highlight qualities relevant to success in graduate study in business that may not be evident in test scores and past academic performance. This statement should also address your research and career interests.

A résumé is required. Please ensure you include the following information: name of employer, dates of employment, current title, job responsibilities, number of hours worked per week, title of supervisor, approximate number of employees in organization, professional affiliations, and awards.

As part of the review of an applicant's file by faculty representatives in the academic unit, an interview or additional information may be required. In such cases, the applicant will be notified.


An international applicant whose native language is not English must submit official scores from the Educational Testing Service on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An international applicant who has received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution is automatically exempt from this requirement. The school code is 5251. Applicants may also submit the IELTS.

Newly accepted international students will be contacted by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services regarding the submission of financial documents after being accepted to the university. Although the Ph.D. program does award assistantships to the majority of accepted applicants, this funding is not always adequate to meet all living expenses. Applicants who are requesting a student (F-1) visa might be required to have some independent sources of funding, depending on the amount of their award. Applicants with dependents will be required to document additional funds. This documentation will be requested of applicants who are offered admission and is not required before the file is reviewed.