Doctoral Programs Tuition & Financial Planning


Tuition is paid each fall and spring semester the student is registered in the doctoral program including dissertation research semesters. The tuition amount is a fixed amount per semester and covers as many courses as required or approved in the student’s study plan. The fixed tuition is charged for all semesters the student is in the program. The doctoral tuition for each academic year is $21,770 (for two semesters – Fall and Spring).

The Ph.D. in Business Administration is a full-time program of studies. Typically, admitted students are supported by financial aid packages offered by GWSB, the university, or outside sources. The Associate Dean and the Doctoral Committee must be satisfied the student intends to pursue the doctoral degree as a full-time student and has the financial resources to do so.

Students admitted as full-time students, including students who are offered a GW fellowship but turn it down, cannot work for more than 20 hours per week inside or outside the university. Students fully or partially supporting themselves may work more than 20 hours per week over summer with the permission of the Associate Dean. Misrepresentation or withholding information regarding any of the matters in this paragraph are grounds for dismissal from the program at any stage.


The terms of current GWSB doctoral fellowships are:

  • Fellowships pay full tuition for the two semesters of each academic year and a salary/stipend for the academic year.
  • Recipients are required to be in residence totaling 11 months of each year starting September.
  • The fellowship is for five years subject to satisfactory performance and progress in the program. In the first two years, it is generally based on timely completion of courses, study plans, summer research and comprehensive exams. In subsequent years it is based on research productivity.
  • Fellowships require the student to work 20 hours a week as a Graduate Assistant or Graduate Research Assistant in GWSB. In addition, students are required to teach one course in the 4th or 5th year as part of the program and fellowship requirements.
  • Students receiving GWSB fellowships cannot work for more than the required 20 hours a week inside or outside the university (including teaching). Some relaxation of this rule may be approved by the Associate Dean for summer after the 3rd year. The work rules apply to students who are offered a fellowship but chose to turn it down at any time in the program.
  • Fellowships are withdrawn if a student is placed on academic probation for any reason. Fellowships can be withdrawn at any time if a student fails to maintain the support of the designated faculty advisor group.

In addition to its doctoral fellowships, GWSB has a limited number of endowed scholarships for designated classes of students. These include the Hyundai (for students from Korea), the Daewoo (for students from China or Vietnam), the Poncelet (for students from the EU), and a number of others that offer partial support. These scholarships are not available in years when they are held by continuing awardees.

GWSB Departments and Research Centers may have external grants or teaching assistantships to support doctoral students. Usually, these provide partial support for students during research years of their programs.

The University also has a number of graduate fellowships that doctoral students can apply for, such as the Global Leadership, Presidential Merit, McNair, Scottish Rite and Walcott Foundation fellowships. Please note that many have application deadlines early in the spring semester. Some provide only partial support, but for qualified applicants, the Associate Dean may add the remaining funds to match them with GWSB fellowships. The Provost’s Diversity Fellowships are full five-year fellowship for minority applicants from the U.S. Information on University fellowships is available at The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.

Students can also avail of student loan programs administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and the Office of Fellowships and Graduate Student Support.

Students must obtain the approval of the Associate Dean for any partial support received (other than student loans) to ensure that associated work commitments are within the overall cap.


Income Tax

Generally, tuition awards are not subject to income tax. Fellowship stipends and salaries are generally subject to income tax. For details or to get assistance, please refer to the policy on stipend and tuition payments to students and their taxability.

The University does not offer individual tax advice. Information regarding student tax issues is available from The George Washington University Tax Department.

One-page summaries of “Tax Implications and Reporting Requirements of Payments to Students” can be located by clicking on the links below: