Admission Requirements

The School of Business has designed the Ph.D. program to provide a strong background in basic disciplines, particularly management and economic theory, computational methods, research methodology, and statistical methods. Faculty at the school are committed to high-quality research and teaching, and are passionate about instilling those same values and work ethic in Ph.D. students.

Before entering the Ph.D. program at the School of Business, you must have some proficiency in selected areas of mathematics and quantitative analysis — especially calculus, linear algebra and basic statistics — as these tools are the general foundation for study in all business disciplines. To assure your proficiency, we offer remedial courses addressing these areas.

To obtain a Ph.D., a student needs to complete at least 84 credits beyond the bachelor's level. A maximum of 30 credits is awarded for a master's degree from another school. As part of their coursework, students are required to attend research colloquia (lectures) given at Stevens by prominent researchers. When certified for candidacy following completion of the written exams and all coursework, students are required to write and defend a dissertation in a selected area of concentration. It is expected that doctoral dissertations will make significant contributions to the creation of knowledge and the development of theory and practice in a selected area. 

Admissions criteria

Admission to the Ph.D. program is decided by the Ph.D. program committee at the School of Business, and is based on a review of the candidate’s scholastic record, professional accomplishments, and the fit between the student's research objectives and those of the school’s faculty.

  • For U.S. citizens or students with a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. university, the candidate must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in a business or management discipline. 
  • A master’s degree is usually required before a student is admitted to the Ph.D. program. A student’s master’s-level academic performance and career must reflect the ability to pursue advanced studies and perform independent research. 
  • All Ph.D. applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) results taken within the past four years.   
  • As part of the application package, a Statement of Purpose is required. This should be limited to three pages and describe the applicant’s research interests and rationale, and general career objectives. 
  • Each applicant must also submit an example of prior scholarly work. This work should be written solely by the applicant; any published work under solo authorship will be highly valued.  

The following is a summary of the application submission contents:

  • Complete application and $60 nonrefundable application fee. 
  • Statement of Purpose, including academic interests, research interests and rationale, general career objectives, and desired full/part-time status.
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae.
  • Official transcripts for accredited schools of higher learning attended. Typically, a GPA (on a 4-point scale) of 3.0 or better at the bachelor’s level, and 3.5 or better at the master’s level, are required for admission.
  • GMAT or GRE test scores.
  • International students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to admission by taking an internationally accepted standard test, like TOEFL.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • For all applicants to part-time study: Letter of endorsement from current employer.
  • Evidence of written work.


The preferred application deadline is January 31.

Domestic applicants may enroll and take up to three courses as non-matriculated students. International applicants may do so, also, depending on visa status.

English proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must achieve a satisfactory TOEFL score of 550 (213 for computer-based, 85 for Internet-based) or a comparable IELTS score of 6.5 in each sub-component or above. This requirement may be waived for foreign students that have completed a bachelor’s or master's degree at a university where English is the primary language of instruction.

The ETS TOEFL code for the Ph.D. in Business Administration program is 2819.

International students for whom English is a second language need a TOEFL score of 550 (213 for computer-based, 85 for Internet-based) to be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program. The subsections of TOEFL — reading, listening, verbal and writing — are evaluated by the English-as-a-second-language coordinator, and in the event of a weakness in any of the subsections, the student will be placed in the English Language Communication course offered by the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens.