Ph.D. in Business Administration

Ph.D. in Business Administration

Prospective Ph.D. Student - Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Prospective Ph.D. Student - Frequently Asked Questions

What materials should be submitted as part of my application to the PhD Program?

  • Official GMAT or GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (if an International student)
  • Completed official application and application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous universities attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose

What is the early application deadline?

Most fields of study only accept students for a fall semester start. The early application deadline is January 15 of the year in which the applicant wishes to enter the program. It is suggested that all documents be submitted in advance of the deadline as it can take up to a month for the applicant's documents to be processed and their file to actually be received by the College of Business. Some major areas will consider applications after the deadline for self-funded students.

How do I submit letters of recommendation?

The Request Recommendation form may be used. It may be submitted electronically to the Ph.D. Programs Coordinator or via postal mail to:

Becky Neilson, PHR, SHRM-CP
Director, Graduate Business Services
University of Texas at Arlington
College of Business
Graduate Business Services
Box 19376
Arlington, TX 76019


Andrea Yen, M.S.
Assistant Director, Graduate Business Services
University of Texas at Arlington
College of Business
Graduate Business Services
Box 19376
Arlington, TX 76019

Do any fields of study accept students for the spring semester?

Information Systems may do so. Please contact the field coordinator for the particular field to confirm before you apply.

Do you accept students to begin in the summer semester?

We do not accept students to begin the Ph.D. program in the summer.

When will a decision be made about my application?

Most decisions are made by April. You can contact the Major Field Coordinator for an update on your application status.

Who evaluates my application?

Applications are reviewed by a committee of professors from the applicant's chosen field of study.

Is the applicant required to take the GMAT (or GRE) before they can be accepted into the Ph.D. program?

Yes, a valid GMAT or GRE score for an exam within the past 5 years is required for admission to the Ph.D. program.

Is the applicant required to take the TOEFL exam to be accepted into the Ph.D. program?

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate a level of skill with the English language to assure success in the Ph.D. program. An official TOEFL or IELTS score is required.

Is there any way to get an exception to taking the TOEFL exam?

The only exception is if the non-native speaking applicant has earned their undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

May an applicant receive a probationary admission decision without a GMAT (or GRE) score, and then take the GMAT after being admitted?

An applicant may not enter the Ph.D. program on a probationary or provisional admission without the GMAT or GRE.

I have (5, 10, 15) years of experience in the field. Do I still need to take the GMAT (or GRE)?

Yes, an official test score must be received before your application can be considered.

What is the approximate cost to get my Ph.D.?

Feel free to use the UTA Cost Estimator for an approximate cost.

What is the duration of the Ph.D. Program?

Four years is the anticipated full-time timeframe, to earn a Ph.D.
  • Coursework - 2 years
  • Comprehensive exams - 1 year
  • Dissertation writing, Proposal and defense - 1 year

How do I change the semester I am enrolling?

Contact the Major Field Coordinator in your area to discuss this.

Where do I submit my application?

The application can be completed and submitted online.

Is funding available?

Funding in the form of teaching assistantships (TAs) is limited and highly competitive. All teaching assistantships include a stipend. Some TAs allow in-state tuition rates, and others waive tuition. A few College of Business Scholarships are available.

What may have prevented me from getting admitted?

The Major Field Coordinator may be able to share information on this. However, common reasons for being denied admission include:
  • Not meeting the application deadline
  • Applying for a semester in which the major field is not accepting students
  • Incomplete application
  • Competitive qualifications of other applicants
  • Combined academic record and test scores not acceptable