The Doctoral Program in Business commits to train students to become successful scholars and educators. Each year we admit 10-15 business doctoral students. We provide all admitted students with financial and professional development support.
Application Check List
- Completed application
- Official GMAT/GRE Score
- 2 Letter of Recommendations
- Curriculum Vita
- Personal Statement
- Writing Sample
- Application fee – $125
- Transcripts of all college work
- Request for Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) and Declaration & Certification of Finances for International Students
- GMAT code: XWT-S7-47
- GRE code: 2113
Deadline: January 1st
We do not admit students in the spring semester.
The admissions committee meets in late February and again in early March, and the departmental programs make their final decisions by late March. Admission notification is made by April 15.
You will be notified of departmental decisions via the e-mail address you provide, so be sure to check your email regularly and to notify the Doctoral Office of any changes in your contact information.
The applicant must have earned an acceptable bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution whose requirements for the particular degree are substantially equivalent to those of the City University of New York.
New York State law requires all students born on or after January 1, 1957, be immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella. Registration will not be permitted if a student does not comply with this regulation. Questions should be directed to the Office of Admissions, 212 817-7470, or the Wellness Center, 212 817-7020
International students must present authoritative evidence of sufficient competence in the English language to pursue a regular course of study at CUNY. It is required that applicants who have not studied in an English-speaking country take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered internationally by the Educational Testing Service, and request ETS to report examination results directly to the Office of Admissions, City University Graduate School-College Code 2113, 365 5th Avenue, New York, New York 10016. Inquiries concerning this examination may be made to Test of English as a Foreign Language, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, U.S.A., or to most American embassies and consulates in cities outside the United States.
International students who wish to obtain or maintain F-1 student visa status or J-1 exchange-visitor status may be admitted only as matriculated students. Immigration regulations require full-time enrollment in a degree-granting program for students in F-1 or J-1 status; therefore, students in F-1 or J-1 status may not be admitted as part-time or nondegree students. The only exception to this requirement applies to students who are sponsored by another United States educational institution while attending The Graduate School. Contact the Office of International Students regarding potential exceptions.
If an applicant has an immigration status other than F-1 or J-1, appropriate documentation must be provided to the Office of Admissions prior to admission. Applicants who will be applying for nonimmigrant F-1 or J-1 visas for entry into the United States and applicants in F-1 or J-1 student status already in the United States must complete the “Request for Certificate of Eligibility” (1-20 or IAP-66) and “Declaration & Certification of Finances for International Students.” United States government regulations require documentary evidence of financial support for the duration of a proposed course of study prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility (Form 1-20 or IAP 66). This documentation may also be requested by United States consular officials upon application for an entry visa, by US Immigration Inspectors at ports of entry into the United States, or by Immigration inspectors when applications are made for extension of stay or change of status in the United States. Submit original documents in support of this application and prepare an additional set of original documents for support of visa applications.
University financial assistance for which international students are eligible to apply is extremely limited and is usually not adequate to fund a student’s total expenses. Information about financial assistance is available elsewhere. Students are asked to review their financial situation carefully because the cost of living in New York City is high, and immigration regulations restrict employment. F-1 and J-1 students should not expect to finance their education through work in the United States.
There are two steps to follow in order to obtain or maintain F-1 or J-1 student status. One step involves your admission into the academic program of your choice. The second step is to document the amount and source(s) of your financial support. All questions regarding your academic admission should be directed to the Admissions Office.
All questions regarding your immigration status should be directed to the Office of International Students. Applicants who would like to change their status to F-1 or J-1 student status in the US, including applicants who may currently be in the US with B-2 status, should consult the Office of International Students for information on the correct procedure to follow.
Please note that you will not be eligible for employment authorization incident to F-1 or J-1 status (including employment pursuant to a financial aid award) until your request for change of status is approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. (Typically these requests require approximately 2 months to adjudicate.)
If you have more questions, please visit the Office of International Students.
The Office of International Students
The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Applying for Admissions
The online application form must be completed in its entirety and submitted electronically prior to the program deadline. Recommendation letters, writing samples, and other supporting material, will be uploaded into the online application.
DO NOT Mail them to Baruch College they need to be processed through the Graduate Center.
You can complete an application form online by visiting the
Attention Applicants to clarify: when applying to the PhD program in Business please make sure you submit all of your application materials prior to the January 1st deadline. The online application system closes after that date and does not allow you to upload additional materials after that date.
If your application is incomplete and you need to upload additional materials please email those toand CC: so that those documents can be added to your application.
Can I request an interview when applying?
Interviews are not granted prior to decisions. Accepted candidates are generally invited to visit before they make a decision on whether to attend.
Can I defer admission?
An offer of admission with financial support is made for the upcoming academic year only. Acceptance of the offer may not be deferred. An accepted applicant who must postpone acceptance of an offer of admission may request that the application be reactivated for consideration the following year. The applicant must notify the Business Doctoral Program office by December 1 to reactivate the application.
The program accepts approximately ten to fifteen students a year.
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What type of people study for the PhD?
Doctoral students come from a variety of backgrounds. More than half of the students are international. We welcome students who will dedicate themselves to full-time study in order to prepare for careers in the academic profession. More than 95 percent of our graduates are placed in academic positions upon completion of the program.
Do I need prior work experience or business courses?
No, not necessarily. Application decisions depend primarily on an evaluation of the candidate’s ability to handle complex course material and do original research. While experience is helpful, evidence of strong intellectual ability — as indicated by test scores, course grades, or letters of recommendation — is the most important factor.
Can I meet with someone to discuss my prospects?
We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our website before scheduling an appointment. Applicants interested in meeting with the Executive Officer or one of our area coordinators must make an appointment via emailand include a current resume, transcripts and provide a copy of their GMAT or GRE score for evaluation (unofficial copies are fine).
Can I take non-matriculate courses through the Ph.D. in Business program?
Courses are at the discretion of the executive officer and the course instructor.
Can I attend the Ph.D. in Business Program part-time?
We do not offer part-time enrollment in the Ph.D. program. All students must maintain a full-time course load during their enrollment in the program. Full-time is considered a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
Does the program offer night or weekend classes?
The Doctoral Program in Business is a full-time, day-time program. As such, we do not offer any night or weekend courses.
Is there a distance learning or online program?
No. The PhD program in Business is a full-time (12 credits per semester) day-time, on campus program. There are no PhD-level courses offered through distance or online learning.
Can I work full-time while I am completing the program?
Because the program is full-time and day-time, most students do not work while completing the program. We do offer research assistantships, and there are many opportunities for adjunct teaching during the summer months.
Can I apply as a transfer student from a PhD Program at another school?
All applicants must complete an application with all required materials by the January 1st deadline regardless of their status at another school.
Do you offer any Ph.D. programs other than Business?
The Graduate Center does offer other Ph.D. programs, but they are not handled by this office. For information on any of the other doctoral programs, go to, email the Office of Admissions at , or call (212) 817-7470.
How do I get information on the Ph.D. Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology?
Please contact the Department of Psychology at Baruch College for more information about the Ph.D. Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Office: Room 8-215 of the Vertical Campus (55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street)
Phone: (646) 312-3780
Do you offer an MBA?
The Zicklin School of Business, a part of Baruch College, offers several MBA programs, including part-time programs. For further information, go to the Zicklin School of Business website, e-mail Graduate Admissions at , or call (212) 802-2330.
Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program are eligible for a Baruch College MBA after the completion of 45 credits. For more information go to Academic Policies.
Do you offer a combined MBA/Ph.D.?
We do not offer a combined MBA/Ph.D. program, but we do offer a provision for our non-MBA students to be eligible to receive an en-route MBA from Baruch College after the completion of 45 credits in the program and the completion of the first examination. Some restrictions apply. For more information see Academic Policies.
Do you offer a Summer semester?
No, we do not. Most of our students spend the summer working as research assistants (for students who are awarded research assistantships) or as adjunct teachers.
Can I apply for the program in the Spring semester?
The program only accepts students for the Fall semester. Application deadline is January 1st.
How long do I have to complete the program?
Students are required to complete the program in seven years, if they enter with a relevant master’s degree, or in eight years, if they enter without a master’s. A realistic expectation for completing the program is four to five years.
Do most graduates enter the academic field?
The majority of students who enter our PhD Program in Business assume a faculty position at an academic/research institution upon completing the PhD degree program.
I already completed my Master’s. How many credits would the program be for me?
Credits may be transferable for students who have received their Master’s degree in a related discipline. Which courses and how many credits are to be transferred are up to the discretion of the executive officer and will not exceed 30 credits.
How many credits is the program?
The program consists of a total of 60 credits of course work, plus the dissertation.
Does it matter what my BA is in?
There is no preference given toward students who took their BA in business related fields. The program is open to students who have taken their undergraduate degrees in all areas of natural sciences, social sciences, and liberal arts. The only significant difference is that students who took their undergraduate degrees in unrelated fields may have to complete other prerequisites that are not credited toward the degree.
Do I need a graduate degree to apply to the program?
You do not need a graduate degree to apply. There is no preference given toward students who have already taken their MBA.
Is there a work experience requirement?
There is no work experience requirement for the Ph.D. Program in Business.
Is the GRE acceptable for application to the program?
Yes the GRE will be considered in place of the GMAT.
What is the minimum GRE score required for application?
Though the program does not have a “cut off” GRE score. However, the average GRE score for full time funded students is generally 315, the more likely your chances of acceptance. The GRE code for the Graduate Center is 2113.
What is the minimum GMAT score required for application?
The Ph.D. in Business program does not enforce a strict “minimum” score for application. However, the average GMAT score of accepted applicants is 700. As in other programs, the higher your GMAT score, the more likely your chances of acceptance.
What is the minimum TOEFL score required for application?
The Ph.D. in Business program does not enforce a strict “minimum” score for application. However the average TOEFL score of accepted applicants is 100. Please be advised that English language proficiency is a very important part of the application process, and a low TOEFL score severely hinders your likelihood of acceptance.
Please request ETS to report examination results directly to Admissions, The Graduate Center–College Code 2113
I took the GMAT/GRE before I earned my MBA. Can I use the same test scores?
GMAT and GRE scores up to five years old are accepted by the program.
Can my GMAT/GRE score be waived?
The GMAT and or GRE score is a critical part of the application process. Your application will be reviewed without it, but we will not be able to make any decision until we get an official score.
I have taken the GMAT/GRE twice. Which score do you look at?
We only consider the highest score, whether it be the most recent or not. However, this rule applies only to the GMAT or GRE taken within the past five years. If you got a higher score six or more years ago, it will not be taken into account.
Where should I send my test scores?
All test scores should be sent to The Graduate Center, college code XWT-S7-47, and not to Baruch College. If you accidentally sent your GMAT or GRE score to Baruch College, it must be resent by Educational Testing Services. Baruch does not save official GMAT or GRE scores.
What if I accidentally sent my test scores to Baruch College?
If you accidentally sent your GMAT or GRE score to Baruch College, it must be resent by Educational Testing Services. Baruch does not save official GMAT or GRE scores.
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