Because of the sequential structure of the first-year curriculum and the benefits of students working together, new students are only admitted in the Fall semester. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early such as in the period from October to November (when applying for the following Fall), since stipends may be reserved for prospective students with outstanding credentials who apply early. The application deadline is January 15. However, if there are openings for perspective Ph.D. students beyond the deadline date, the deadline to apply for the fall semester may be extended beyond January 15.
Admission to the Ph.D. program is restricted to students who show exceptionally high promise for mastering conceptual and analytical tools in business. While the minimum requirements have been listed here, higher requirements may be used when there are numerous applicants with strong credentials. A limited number of Ph.D. students are allowed in the program in any given year. There are also constraints on financial assistance, as in the number of stipends available. The following criteria are used when assessing applicants to the Ph.D. Program:
- Previous coursework
- Standardized admissions test (GMAT or GRE)
- Letters of recommendation
- Applicant's statement of career goals
- Language requirements (for students whose native language is not English)
The previous coursework is assessed to determine whether applicants have the proper background to enter the Ph.D. Program. This can include an assessment of the rigor of the previous courses taken. It can also include the performance as measured by grades. Normally, the minimum acceptable grade point average is 3.0 in the undergraduate program and 3.5 in the masters program.
The perceived quality of the previous programs where an applicant completed course work may also be considered. An MBA or related master's degree from an AACSB accredited institution is most desirable. Applicants whose master's degree is focused on a non-business discipline or is not accredited may be required to take additional courses to for ensure sufficient background on fundamental business subjects. Entering students are also expected to be proficient in computer skills, calculus and statistics.
Standardized Admissions Test (GMAT or GRE)
Either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE) are accepted; although, the GMAT is preferred. Normally, the minimum score is 600 on the GMAT (or a comparable score on the GRE). Individual section scores may be evaluated separately. Some departments may weigh the components in different ways. For example, the quantitative score of the GMAT or quantitative reasoning score on the GRE may be given more emphasis to applicants who wish to pursue a concentration in Finance, although the verbal and writing skills are still viewed as important.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. At least two of the letters should be from professors who can offer insightful comments about the applicant's performance in one or more previous courses taken.
Applicant's Statement of Career Goals
The applicant should provide a statement (maximum length 3 pages) regarding why the applicant wishes to pursue the Ph.D. degree.
For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score as set by the Graduate College on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Test of Spoken English (TSE) is required (applicants who have completed a minimum of two years of post-secondary education in the United States are exempt from this requirement). No application will be considered by the faculty for admission until these minimum requirements have been met. Additional measures of English writing and speaking skills may be required, such as (1) a face-to-face interview or an extended telephone interview, or (2) a video tape of an extended conversation between the applicant and a fluent speaker of English.
Adequate English comprehension, writing, and speaking are necessary to perform well in course work and to perform the tasks such as research assistance and teaching. For example, papers required in courses must be grammatically correct, and it is the student's responsibility to ensure correct grammar. Students must be able to speak English clearly in order to retain an assistanceship for teaching. Therefore, applicants who are accepted into the program are encouraged to meet with their respective departmental Ph.D. advisor before they start the program to determine if they should do any special preparation to ensure that they have sufficient English skills.
Applicants must submit a total of eight documents, four of which are sent to the Graduate College, and four of which should be sent to the Ph.D. Program in the College of Business.
Graduate College Documents
Applicants should make certain that the following documents are submitted to:
The Graduate College
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
(1) The completed on-line application and a $30 processing fee. Be sure to indicate Ph.D. in Business Administration. Applications are accepted only online. To file your application, click here.
(2) Officially certified transcripts covering all undergraduate and graduate courses, with a clear indication of degrees awarded. . All applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must have professional transcript evaluation by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Transcript evaluations should be sent directly to the Graduate College.
(3) An official report of performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or General Record Examinations (GRE) from the Educational Testing Service. Reported Examination results should be no older than five years.
(4) International students whose native language is not English must also submit official reports of their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Test of Spoken English (TSE).
College of Business Documents
In addition, the following four documents must be attached in an email to BusinessPhD@fau.edu (PDF only).
(5) A completed Ph.D. Applicant Profile Form. Ph.D. Applicant Profile Form click here.
(6) A statement of career goals (not exceeding two double-spaced pages) describing the applicant's educational and career goals and how the Ph.D. degree will help achieve those goals.
(7) A résumé of the applicant
(8) Three completed letters of recommendation (an Applicant Evaluation form may be used in lieu of a letter). The evaluations are intended to assist the faculty in its assessment of the student's ability and potential for performing Ph.D. level work in this program. Thus, it is important that at least two of the references possess doctoral degrees from fully accredited institutions. For a printable version of the Applicant Evaluation form click here.
An application will not be referred to the Departments for evaluation for admission until complete. For any additional Ph.D. Program information, please contact the Ph.D. Program Coordinator Judith Benson at (561) 297-1176 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission decisions are based on an appraisal of the applicant's qualifications with respect to all of the required criteria, which means that exceptions to the stated minimal requirements are occasionally made. Exceptions will only be granted if the faculty involved in the assessment of the application believe that the potential for successful completion of required courses and the dissertation is extremely high in spite of the borderline deficiency in meeting the admissions criteria.
Once all information required for the application has been submitted, the applicant's file is reviewed by an Advisory Committee in the applicant's desired area of concentration to decide whether or not to admit the applicant.