Doctoral Program Admissions

The doctoral program at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) is a full-time program of studies. Admission is competitive; admitted students typically score above the 90th percentile on the GMAT or GRE aptitude tests, and are proficient in the English language. Although graduate degrees are strongly encouraged, they are not required. Work experience in the applicant’s field may also be considered.

Applications are initially reviewed by faculty in the student’s field of study (department). After an initial screening, department faculty select applicants to interview either in-person or through distance media. Campus visits are encouraged, but not required.

Application Process

Please carefully review the detailed application instructions below prior to beginning the online application process for our Ph.D. programs.

In order to review your application, it must be considered complete. Complete applications include 1) copies of transcripts, 2) graduate entrance examination scores, 3) a current resume, 4) a Statement of Purpose, 5) three recommendation forms, and a non-refundable application fee.* In addition, international applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Applications are accepted for the fall term only. Completed applications must be received by January 15.

*The $80 application fee is waived for current GW degree candidates, GW graduates, McNair Program Scholars, Ph.D. Project participants, and active duty military personnel.


Applicants should submit copies of transcripts from each institution of higher education attended, whether or not the program was completed or the credit appears as a transfer credit on another transcript. Official transcripts should be submitted directly by the universities to:

The George Washington University
School of Business, Graduate Admissions Office
2025 F St NW L-101
Washington, D.C. 20052

Please note: Graduates of foreign universities must also submit notarized English translations of all transcripts if they are not in English. Graduates of foreign universities must also submit a course-by-course credential evaluation; this is required to consider your application complete. Evaluation services that are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) will be accepted.

Graduate Entrance Examinations

Applicants are required to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE–5246) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT–QK4-4F-40). Submitted scores must be for an exam taken within the prior five years.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose should be approximately 1,000 words, and 1) discuss the reasons for seeking a Ph.D. in the specified concentration; 2) describe the academic, professional, and personal experiences that prepared the applicant for the Ph.D. program; and 3) provide any additional information that the applicant deems important.

Applicant Recommendation Forms

Three completed applicant recommendation forms are required, preferably from former professors or others who are acquainted with the applicant’s academic abilities and potential. If former professors cannot be contacted, other qualified persons such as immediate supervisors, may be appropriate. The letters may address the applicant’s intellectual potential, work ethic, character, and special achievements, among other things. The three recommendation forms may be submitted online or sent directly to Ph.D. program office.

Financial Aid and Fellowships

Admitted students automatically qualify for tuition waivers and a graduate stipend/fellowship for a period up to five years. No separate application is needed. 


International Applicants

English Language Requirement

Students residing in countries where English is not an official language, or non-native English speakers, are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Institutional Code 5246, Department Code 02), academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), PTE Academic Test or the Duolingo English Test. A request for an exemption may be made for applicants with a degree from a university located in a country in which English is the official language, and English is 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**
  • PTE Academic Score of at least 68**
  • Duolingo English Test: Score of 110 or higher; scores should be sent to GW School of Business**

**Scores may not be more than two years old.


Begin the Application Process

In order to apply, students must first obtain a user name and password through the university’s online application system. Go to the “Sign Up” tab on the following page: 

GW Online Application System

Next, applicants must fill out an online application form. On that form, the “type of program” is Graduate, the “school” is Business, the “major” is Business Administration, the “degree” is Ph.D., and the “field” is one of the following: Accountancy, Decision Sciences, Finance, International Business, or Management & Strategy. Applicants are required to pay the non-refundable application fee at the time the online application form is submitted.

Questions? Please contact:

The Doctoral Program Office
Duquès Hall, suite 550
The GW School of Business
2201 G St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
(202) 994-6298
[email protected]


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