Traditional PhD Application Process


Step 1 – Complete the Departmental Supplemental Application for Fall 2020

Fall 2021: Click HERE to access your Supplemental Application.

Item 1: Submit the Supplemental Application

Insert personnel information including education history, program of interest, and contact information. Click the link above to create your account and to start this application.  

Item 2: Submit Statement of Career Goals

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.

Item 3: Submit Current Resume

Current resume with three academic or professional references on last page including: reference name, title, company, contact information.

Item 4: Submit Unofficial Transcript(s) or Unofficial Transcript Evaluation

Upload your unofficial transcript(s) from both your bachelor’s and master’s program or transcript evaluation (this step is NOT required for FAU graduates). If you only have an official copy of your transcripts or evaluation, please mail them to our office.

Item 5: Submit Unofficial GMAT/GRE Score

Applicants that have completed the GRE/GMAT, please upload your unofficial GMAT or GRE score. 

Item 6 (if applicable): Submit Unofficial TOEFL or IELTS Exam Score

Applicants that have completed the TOEFL or IELTS, please upload your unofficial score. This is only required for students on an F-1 visa where English is not the primary language in their home country. Applicants who have completed a minimum of two years of postsecondary education in the United States are exempt from this requirement.

Item 7: Submit 3 Letters of Recommendation

Three completed letters of recommendation. 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. The supplemental application includes a "Recommendations" tab with space to enter three email addresses corresponding to your recommenders. If email addresses are entered, please notify your recommenders that they can expect a request from you - via email - containing a link to our database. Alternatively, upload scanned letters of recommendation.


Step 2 – Complete the Graduate College Application

Item 1: Submit Graduate College Application and $30 Fee

Be sure to indicate Ph.D. in Business Administration. Applications are accepted only online. To file your application, click here.

Item 2: Submit  Official Transcripts or Official Transcript Evaluation

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.

Item 3: Submit Official GMAT/GRE Score

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.

If applicable- 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). International applicants may have additional requirements – see Graduate College graduate international admissions.


Step 3- Decision and Next Steps

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 from steps 1 and 2 have 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. Your admissions coordinator will then send you information for the next steps to complete the application process.

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