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Program Questions

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 email and 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.

Contact Information

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.

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