Ph.D. Program Admissions and Requirements


Application and Admission

As a competitive applicant, you must demonstrate — through your application, personal statement, and interview(s) —your commitment to devoting four or more years toward rigorous training and academic research, as well as effective communication skills, a command of the English language in both verbal and written contexts and the intellectual curiosity and personal discipline needed to excel in an academic career. You are encouraged to contact our faculty in your area of interest before and after you apply to identify possible specialization interests, as well as faculty researchers with whom you are likely to work.

Applicant Requirements:
  • Completed application form, transcripts, three recommendation letters, and a personal statement. GMAT is preferred, but the GRE is also acceptable.
  • TOEFL official score report is required for students whose native language is not English. The TOEFL iBT minimum score requirement is 100.

  • A graduate degree (master’s level) is preferred but not required.

Application Period

Dec. 1 - Jan. 15

Admission Decision

By April 1


Areas Admitting for Fall 2024 

All areas (Accounting/Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, Finance, Management, Marketing)


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You are welcome and encouraged to proactively contact our faculty in your area of interest before and after you apply (Faculty Directory: Accounting / MIS, Entrepreneurship, Finance / Statistics, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management). This could help you identify the specific specialization areas of most interest to you as well as individual faculty researchers with whom you are more likely to work.


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We look forward to receiving your application.

Note: Applications to the Whitman Ph.D. program (and all other units) are handled centrally by the Graduate School at Syracuse University. As such, the application forms are not unique to Whitman. Your application forms, therefore, must specify clearly the area to which you are applying within Whitman.