Business Administration: Ph.D.

School of Business

Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The doctoral program in Business Administration prepares students for full-time careers as business academics. Working with a distinguished faculty, students develop expertise in research and scholarship and learn to contribute as vital members of a dynamic community of scholars. Graduates aspire to faculty appointments at internationally recognized business schools, and plan to balance teaching and active research.

For the Fall 2021 semester, the Ph.D. in Business Administration offers the following concentrations: Accountancy, Decision Sciences, and Finance.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadline:

Fall – January 15

Standardized test scores:

Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-26) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE – institution code 5246) is required.

Recommendations required:

Three (3) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants should upload only the English-language version of their transcripts.

Statement of purpose:

Applicants must submit a 750 to 1,200-word Letter of Intent that clearly indicates the specific concentration; explains the reasons for seeking a Ph.D. in the specified concentration; describes how present objectives relate to previous life experiences; identifies key long-range professional objectives; and supplies members of the Doctoral Committee with any additional clarifying information the applicant considers important. The Letter of Intent should be typed and double-spaced.

Additional requirements:

A current resumé is required, listing any publications. A master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet in person or by telephone with lead professors in the intended area of concentration.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.
  • PTE Academic: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Ph.D. Program Office – The GW School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW ~ Duquès Hall 450
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6298
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday