1 Ph.D. in Economics Ph.D. in Business Administration emphasis: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS APPLICATION Thank you for your interest in a Ph.D. degree program at the. All of the material you will need to apply to a Ph.D. degree program in the Sam M. Walton College of Business is contained in this packet. The appropriate Admissions Committee will review and evaluate your application once all supporting documents and the application fee have been received. The official GMAT, TOEFL, and/or GRE scores should be sent directly from the test administrator. Applications will not be considered until the packet is complete. Use your application materials to distinguish yourself from your peers. Our goal is to find a group of individuals that, taken together, will excel in our programs and contribute to each other s educational experience. Your goal is to provide information that will distinguish yourself from among the many outstanding candidates who apply to the Sam M. Walton College of Business. If you have any questions about our programs or the application process, please feel free to call (479) , or visit our website at We look forward to receiving your application materials. Admission Criteria Successful applicants to the Walton College s Ph.D. degree programs must be academically strong candidates who demonstrate high leadership potential and an ability to conduct quality research. Each applicant s potential is evaluated on the following dimensions: Academic record, including areas of strength and trends in academic performance. Master s GPA is used to assess this criteria. Applicants must hold at least master s degree from an accredited college or university. In rare circumstances, an applicant may be admitted into a Ph.D. program without a master s degree. Aptitude for graduate work in business, as measured by the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is used to make admissions decisions for the Ph.D. in Economics. Management will also accept GRE scores. Background, growth potential, maturity, motivation, and leadership, as indicated by resume and statement of objectives. Academic Research. Resume, statement of objectives, and letters of recommendation are used to assess a student s ability to conduct quality academic research.
2 Application Instructions All necessary application materials should printed in black ink and be complete in content. The application can be completed online at All application materials MUST be submitted before an admissions decision will be made. To verify receipt of application materials, Application form. Complete the Ph.D. application form for the Graduate School of Business. Application fee. A $40.00 fee for domestic applicants and $50.00 fee for international applicants must accompany application materials. The fee must be made payable to the in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank. The application fee is non-refundable and no application will be processed without the fee. Résumé. A copy of a current résumé is required and can be ed to Recommendations. Three (3) letters of recommendation are required in support of your application. Select individuals who are familiar with your capacity for graduate-level work. Forms can be downloaded at A letter on letterhead will also be accepted. The document should be enclosed in a sealed envelope with the recommender s signature across the seal. Letters may be returned to you and sent with the other application materials or directly to the Graduate School of Business. Letters may also be ed by the writer to Transcripts. One official transcript from each college or university you attended, undergraduate and graduate, is required. Course work completed at one institution and posted on the transcript of a second institution is not acceptable. A transcript from the original institution is required (this includes summer course work, exchange programs, etc.). Contact the institution s registrar s office to determine its procedure for requesting transcripts. Unopened transcripts (with the University s stamp across the seal) can be sent with the other materials or directly from the institution. Graduates from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville DO NOT need to send ANY transcripts unless another degree was completed afterwards at another institution; please send that transcript. Statement of Objectives. Include ways in which you have been influenced by past academic and work experiences, personal strengths and weaknesses, career goals, research interests, and benefits you anticipate from this program. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT is required of applicants to the Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain programs. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), rather than the GMAT, is required of applicants to the Ph.D. in Economics degree program. Management will also accept GRE scores. We require that the test administrator submit your score directly to the. The appropriate test must be taken within five years of the semester in which you wish to enroll. Your application will not be processed until we have received your official GMAT or GRE score.
3 International Student Applicants must also submit the following items: Summary of Educational Experience form. The Graduate School of Business requires a chronological record of your school attendance listing the types of schools attended, the certificates earned, the examinations passed, and your graduation. The form can be downloaded from Supplemental and Financial Information form. A form I-20 or DS-2019 cannot be issued until you have been admitted to the Graduate School of Business and you have completed this form. For your convenience, the form can be downloaded from TOEFL. The TOEFL is required of all international applicants. We require that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) submit your score directly to the (code number 6866). You must receive a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test, 550 on the paper-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test. An IELTS score of 6.5 will also meet this requirement as well a 58 on the PTE. A test of spoken English is required. This can be fulfilled by either taking the internet-based TOEFL and scoring at least a 26 on the speaking portion, by taking the IELTS and scoring at least a 7.0 on the speaking portion, or by taking the PTE and scoring at least a 71 on the speaking section. Since it is often difficult to accurately convert grades/scores from overseas universities into GPAs, international students are strongly advised to provide additional documents that will allow us to interpret their program GPAs/scores. Examples of such documentation include a rank certificate, course content forms, etc. The FINAL application deadline for Accounting and Marketing is December 1, for Supply Chain, it is December 15. For all other programs, final deadline is January 15. All applications received after deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis. Some department will NOT accept applications after their deadline.
4 Frequently Asked Questions What is the required minimum GMAT score? There is no minimum GMAT score and each academic department has different expectations. Applicants with GMAT scores of over 600 increase their likelihood of being admissible and for some departments, scores of 650 or higher are preferred. Can I substitute the GRE for the GMAT? The GMAT is generally required for the Ph.D. in Business Administration. The GRE is required of applicants to the Ph.D. in Economics. Management will accept either GMAT or GRE. Is work experience required? Work experience is used to evaluate the applicant s ability to be successful in a doctoral program and to conduct quality academic research. If this can be proven by past academic performance, work experience is not required. Work experience may strengthen the application and further differentiate the applicant from the application pool. Who should I get to write my letters of recommendation? Professors and supervisors who know you and know your academic and leadership potential, as well as your ability to conduct research, should write your letters of recommendation. If my letters of recommendation are submitted after the deadline, will this affect my application? Yes, only COMPLETE applications received by the deadline will be considered on-time and will receive priority. Can I pay the application fee by credit card? Yes, call (479) What happens if I turn in my application past the program deadline? Applications that arrive after the official deadline will be considered on a space-available only basis and many departments will NOT accept applications received after their deadline. Do I have to provide a transcript from each school I've attended? Yes, we require an original transcript in a sealed envelope from each college/university that you have attended. For, Fayetteville students, we can obtain an unofficial transcript from the Registrar's Office. Is orientation mandatory? Yes. Why does the University collect my social security number? The social security number (SSN) is used to help ensure appropriate classification of in-state residency for tuition purposes, consistent with federal provisions pertaining to immigrant status, as requested by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The SSN is required for administering student financial aid and for reporting to the IRS compensation due to UofA employment. In addition, the IRS requires the University to provide SSNs along with other student information to verify tax credit eligibility. Furthermore, the SSN may be used to match applicant records (such as grades and test scores) and to help track student and alumni records, although it is not mandated for such purposes. SSNs are maintained confidentially and used only for official business by the UofA and affiliated entities and contractors, including for debt collection. Admitted students are issued a University identification number, which serves as the student s primary identifier and which is different from the SSN.
5 CONTACT INFORMATION Graduate School of Business Marion Dunagan, Assistant Dean, Graduate School of Business 310 Willard J. Walker Hall (479) Fax: (479) All application materials are returned to this office. International Admissions Office 747 W. Dickson Street #8 (479) Office of International Students and Scholars 104 Holcombe Hall (479) Office of Financial Aid 114 Silas Hunt Hall (479) Registrar s Office (for residency information) 146 Silas Hunt Hall (479)
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