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Admission to the Ph.D. Program is highly competitive. The Committee on Doctoral Studies reviews between 200 and 250 applications each year; 10 to 15 percent of applicants are admitted.

Minimally, an applicant must hold a bachelors degree, preferably in a related major. Although not required, most successful applicants hold at least one masters degree. In general, an admitted applicant shows (1) high potential for successful pursuit of an academic or similar career within the chosen field; and (2) a high probability of successfully completing the program.

For more information, see the Ph.D. Handbook (201KB PDF).

Application Requirements

Apply to the Ph.D. program online. Specify the degree (Ph.D.), field of study (Business Administration), and concentration within field.

Deadline: January 15

Completed applications and all required credentials must arrive by January 15 for consideration for enrollment in the following Fall semester. No exceptions.

  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Required Entrance Exams (refer to Application Procedures for codes)
  • Letter of Intent
  • Applicant Recommendation Forms
  • Interview - applicants are strongly encouraged to meet in person or by telephone with lead professors in the intended area of concentration.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • Financial Certificate (complete both sides)
  • Students from countries where English is not an official language and non-native English speakers are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Exceptions may be made for applicants who hold a degree from a university located in a country in which English is the official language and also the language of instruction at the university. Minimum satisfactory TOEFL and IELTS scores are defined as follows: TOEFL: 600 or above (paper exam), 100 or above (internet exam); 250 or above (computer exam); IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0. TOEFL and IELTS scores may not be more than two years old.

Contact Information

  • PhD Office
  • School of Business
  • The George Washington School of Business
  • 2201 G Street, NW
  • Duques Hall 450
  • Washington, DC 20052
  • Phone: 202-994-6298
  • Fax: 202-994-5225
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