Doctoral Admissions

Only a very limited number of students are admitted to the doctoral program each year in the fall; thus, applicants accepted for admission must have strong academic achievement records.

Applicants to the doctoral program should hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. An MBA or MS accounting degree from an accredited university is preferred, although outstanding students with an undergraduate degree will be considered. The School of Management seeks applicants who can pursue the doctoral degree on a full-time basis and welcomes applicants from those with strong liberal arts backgrounds as well as those with engineering, science, mathematics, business, or other related degrees.

Applicants typically should have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 in undergraduate work and 3.5 in graduate work and generally should score at least 630 on the GMAT. International students from non-English-speaking graduate or undergraduate institutions must take the TOEFL exam and receive a score of 600 or higher for consideration for admission. Work experience is not required, but is preferred generally. Applicants are also required to submit a personal statement along with three letters of recommendation. The Director of the doctoral program and the Doctoral Admissions Committee consider applicants on a case-by-case basis. Personal or telephone interviews are conducted with applicants; campus visits are encouraged whenever feasible. Initial decisions on applications are generally made by March 15.

Students with masters' degrees in other disciplines need not complete an MBA, but must take or have taken the graduate level foundation coursework in the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management and Organizational Studies. Students may take such foundation course work prior to or concurrent with their doctoral course work.

You may contact the following coordinators of each concentration if you have specific questions regarding the program:

Finance: Murali Jaganathan at
Management Information Systems: Surinder Kahai at
Marketing: Debi Mishra at
OS/Leadership: Francis Yammarino at
Supply Chain Management: Sal Agnihothri at

Because our program is small and top-quality, applications are not accepted in all concentrations every year. When preparing your application, you should contact Marianne Ferry at or 607-777-2342 to make sure your application will be accepted into the concentration that is of interest to you.

Application Instructions

To apply online, please follow these instructions:

  • Go to the Graduate School website
  • Click on "Apply Now"
  • Create a user ID and password
  • Choose "Grad - Domestic Application"
  • Select appropriate admission term
  • Fill in basic information
  • Fill out all required data fields
  • Under "Planned Course of Study", choose "PhD, Management"
  • Click "Complete Application" and follow any additional instructions.

Please follow these instructions to send your supporting documents, transcripts, personal statement, resume, and application fee.


For more information, please contact:

Marianne Ferry
Phone: (607) 777-2342

Last Updated: 9/26/16