Doctoral Program Admissions

The Paul Merage School of Business offers graduate education leading to the Ph.D. in Management for those who wish to pursue careers in scholarly research.  The program is intended to provide a broad knowledge of the core disciplines of management and a depth of knowledge and original dissertation research.  

At the Merage School, Ph.D. candidates are considered carefully as individuals and as future research partners. We evaluate their performance in their business and academic careers, and their potential to become valued members of the Merage network of global scholars and business leaders.

All applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program must hold a bachelor’s degree (or an acceptable equivalent) from a recognized accredited academic institution. No specific major is required, and students from a variety of undergraduate disciplines are encouraged to apply. A scholastic cumulative average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from the undergraduate institution or better is required.  

Scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted for the Ph.D. program.


Applicants whose primary language is NOT English must also submit scores from either

1. the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), reflecting a minimum a score of 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test, or

2. the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), reflecting a minimum overall score of 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module. 


In addition to the TOEFL/IELTS admissions requirement, applicants must also submit scores from an English Proficiency Exam. (Details on the English Speak test (and waivers) are noted on the “How to Apply” section of our Ph.D. Admissions website.)

To apply for our program, the applicant must specify an area of specialization. The areas of specialization in the Ph.D. program are: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations & Decision Technologies, Organization and Management and Strategy.