Management PhD Admissions


The entering class begins coursework in August.

Each application is reviewed by the PhD Admissions Committee. Admissions deadline is December 15. Applicants must meet admission requirements of both the Graduate College and the Department of Management and Organizations.

For a complete overview of the Doctor of Philosophy, please see the UA Graduate Catalog.

Minimum Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA (successful applicants typically have 3.5+) with emphasis placed on upper-level undergraduate and prior graduate-level academic performance
  • Bachelor's degree (master's degree not required)
  • GRE or GMAT scores (min 85 percentile on all subtests recommended).
  • Foreign applicants: Test of English as a Foreign Language (550 or higher for the paper and 79 or higher for the Internet based)

Application Packets

Apply and pay online for UA graduate admissions only.

To complete your online application, you will be required to include the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Statement of purpose
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • Official test scores 

If admitted to the program, you will be required to submit the following:

  • Official transcripts

Application Tips

The statement of objectives is particularly important for PhD applicants to the Department of Management and Organizations at The University of Arizona.

This statement should describe your career goals and explain whether these goals are consistent with our program content as well as the program’s emphasis on training students who desire a career in academia. At the time of your PhD application process, you should have a clear understanding of the fields of Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, Strategy or Organizational Theory, and a conviction that you want to work in one or more of these fields. Your statement of objectives should also discuss your qualifications and experiences. What is it about you that will make you successful in our program? What have you done to prepare yourself for graduate study in this department? For example, have you had applied experience in human resources or the management field? If so, please provide some detail about this experience. Have you had any research experience in management or the social sciences? If so, please provide some detail about this experience. Also, what related coursework have you had that has prepared your for doctoral work in management?

You should also add other relevant information to your statement of objectives as you see fit. For example, potential doctoral students will benefit from examining our web site to learn about our faculty and their research interests. Doctoral students work closely with individual faculty, and it is critical that you understand and are interested in their research. We strongly recommend that you read publications by several faculty members. Although we cannot guarantee that you will be advised by any faculty member that you mention, you should note in your statement if there are particular faculty whose research areas interest you. Most importantly, please note specifically why these faculty members’ research areas are of interest to you.

Your statement of objectives is important for us to determine that you are a good match for our program. However, other critical criteria are taken into account in the admissions decision, including: GMAT scores, grades, TOEFL or English proficiency, writing skill, letters of recommendation, academic background and coursework and research and applied experiences in the management field.

Here is a suggested outline for a personal statement of objectives:

Paragraph One: Introductory paragraph that provides a preview and summary of your outstanding qualifications, your fit with our department and your career plans.

Paragraph Two: Discuss your qualifications for graduate work: Your grades, your test scores and your research and applied experiences in the fields in which the M&O department trains doctoral students.

Paragraph Three: Discuss the specific reasons for your application to the M&O department at the University of Arizona: The research areas in which you are interested, the specific faculty with whom you would like to work (and why—please be specific about the research areas that provide a match between you and specific faculty in our program), and the strengths of the program that you find attractive.

Paragraph Four: Discuss your career plans and aspirations. In what type of setting do you hope to work and why?

Paragraph Five: Summary paragraph that reiterates your qualifications and your fit with our department.


Management PhD students receive funding to cover the cost of tuition. Students also typically receive a research assistantship stipend which starts around $27,000 per year.

Learn More

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