Frequently Asked Questions

PhD in Business Administration

No. Once you submit your application you cannot make changes to it. However, you can log into the application and upload new or updated documents and make changes as many times as you wish before you submit your application.

The application fee is $75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, or $100 for non-resident international applications.

No. The MU Graduate School does not have a waiver for the application fee, and our department does not have a budget to cover the fee, or even a portion of the fee, for applicants.

To be exempt from this requirement, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Completed at least one-year of full-time college-level study at a school in a country where English is the native language within the last two years.
  2. Successfully completed the year of study (passed all the classes).
  3. Enrolled full-time for a minimum of one year, defined as 24 credit hours over 2 semesters at the undergraduate level, or 18 credit hours over 2 semesters at the graduate level. Note: English as a second language, intensive English, and/or remedial English courses cannot be included in the credit hour count.

If you meet all the above criteria, the review committee may request a TOEFL or IELTS test from you at their discretion. All of our students are required to teach as part of our program, and because of that, language proficiency requirements are held at the highest standard. If you do not meet the TOEFL/IELTS waiver requirements above, we do not offer waivers for any reason.

In addition, whether or not the TOEFL score is waived, according to University policy, all teaching assistants who received their elementary and secondary education in a country where English was not the official language must participate in language proficiency testing upon admission to the program.


No. The program is designed for full-time, on campus, continuous study only.

Students are not accepted by a recruiting faculty member upon entry into our program. Students select their advisor, by mutual consent, from faculty members in their focus area by the end of their first year. You will learn about faculty members and their research through courses, weekly seminars and by participating in professional activities. Until you select an advisor, the Ph.D. coordinator for your focus area will be your temporary advisor.

GMAT is generally preferred over the GRE, however, either is acceptable. There is no minimum score for either test, however, typically successful candidates have very strong scores.  Please see Admission Decisions for more information about test scores.  

MU Residential Life offers housing options on campus for graduate students. Some students choose off-campus or near-campus apartments or rental homes, and some even purchase a home. The choice would be up to you based on your preference and budget.

There are no minimum requirements (other than a BA) for admission. The review committee will evaluate all components of an application and acceptance or denial of admission is usually not based on only one component. For the 2019-20 academic year, the average GMAT score of our admitted applicants was Finance: 730, Management 630, Marketing 670.  The average composite GRE score of our admitted applicants was Finance 328, Management none submitted, Marketing 321. For the 2021-22 academic year, the average GMAT score of our admitted applicants was Finance: 710, Marketing: none submitted, Management: none submitted.  The average composite GRE score of our admitted applicants was Finance: 317, Management: 319, Marketing 324.  Successful candidates have a well written statement of purpose that demonstrates good fit with our program and faculty interests. Letters of recommendation should be strong and indicate likelihood of successful completion of program.

Depending on program size and funding availability, each academic unit normally admits two students per year.  

Faculty evaluate personal statements to learn about you in 3 primary ways: 

  • General qualities that make you well-suited for graduate school, such as intellectual curiosity, passion, persistence, work ethic.
  • Specific experiences and interests that make you a good fit for the program. 
  • To get a general sense of your writing ability and ability to think about business questions and issues.