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Ph.D. program admission criteria

Overview

Admission to the Ph.D. program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. For Ph.D. program admission a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and a record of undergraduate and master's academic performance are required.

Students for whom English is not their native language must achieve a TOEFL score of at least 550. International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete U.T. Arlington's Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate course work.

Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole or primary criterion for denying an applicant's admission to the Ph.D. program. Specifically, multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant's GMAT or GRE score and grade point averages on undergraduate and masters level work as calculated by the Graduate School. No formula is used nor weights assigned to these factors.

The Ph.D. Graduate Studies Committee and the field coordinator for the student's track in the Ph.D. program give consideration to these and other factors (educational objectives, letters of recommendation, etc.) in the entire file to arrive at a decision. Interviews with prospective students are encouraged and given consideration in the decision process. There are no set minimum scores for GMAT or GRE required for admission and no cutoff scores on grade point averages. Prospective students are encouraged to work with their track's field coordinator to work through the admission process.
 
Applicants must be approved for admission by the Accounting Department Ph.D. Advisory Committee. This committee makes admission decisions once a year each Spring. Students are encouraged to have all materials submitted by December 15th in order to be considered for admission the following September.
 

Admission Decisions

An applicant is unconditionally admitted when all factors for consideration indicate very strong potential for academic success as a business doctoral student. When multiple factors indicate lack of potential, admission will be denied. Probationary admission is not available for the doctoral program.
 
A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional admission but an item of applicant information has not been received by the Graduate School. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant's file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.