Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration – Management

Graduate Students in Program:
Students Receiving Assistantships:
Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 10


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 600 GMAT GRE may be substituted
  • 7.5 IELTS Minimum score
  • 90 MELAB Minimum score
  • 62 Pearson Minimum score
  • 580 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 92-93 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The PhD in Management requires an understanding of the content of management and the ability to conduct scientific research using tools of statistical analysis and research design. As such, the course of study requires a battery of management courses as well as a group of research design and statistics courses. The degree normally takes four years to complete and involves taking courses, developing an area (2nd-year) paper, passing a comprehensive exam, and the completion of a doctoral dissertation. Candidates who are able to defend their dissertation proposal before the fourth year are afforded a fifth year of support (if desired).

Admission Requirements:

A minimum admissions index score of 1250 is required to be considered for admission. The index is based on the formula GPA x 200 + GMAT (and a TOEFL of 580 for ESL students). There is not a minimum GMAT score requirement. However, successful candidates typically exceed 600.

We prefer the GMAT, but we do accept the GRE test as a substitute. In either case, the exam must have been taken within 5 years of the time of application to WSU. A GMAT conversion will be applied to the GRE score submitted by applicants who take the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides a conversion chart. The converted GRE score will then be applied to the Carson College of Business admissions index score in the same manner as a standard GMAT score.

GMAT score report code 09D-TL-81 Pearson Test of English score report code: 8Z2-GT-38

Student Opportunities:

Conference funding is generally available for students presenting a paper if the budget allows for it.

Career Opportunities:

  • University Professor
  • Industry Consultant

Career Placements:

  • Oregon State University
  • Illinois State University
  • University of North Texas
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Peking University, China
  • Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Wichita State University
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage

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