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About the Doctorate in Business Administration

The PhD program is designed to prepare graduates for careers as effective University researchers and teachers or for senior research positions in business or government. A primary objective of the program is to train PhD candidates to become proficient researchers. Therefore, course work involves research activities such as literature review and critique, theoretical modeling, research design, computer-assisted empirical analysis and preparation of proposals and research papers. Another objective is to train students to become high-quality teachers. PhD candidates are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in their specialty area. In addition, students are expected to participate in national and regional academic conferences and are encouraged to work with faculty in developing individual research and teaching skills.


Admission criteria

Entrance TermApplication Deadline
FallFebruary 1
  • Minimum GMAT or GRE score: There is no minimum score required, however, typically successful candidates score well on their exam.
  • Outstanding performance in previous academic work
  • Maturity and potential required for making scholarly contributions to their field of interest

Minimum Language Requirements

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Missouri State Law requires that students who have a teaching assistantship achieve a certain level of proficiency on an oral language assessment,  All Trulaske College of Business students are assigned as teaching assistants for at least one year of their program. Students are required to achieve the required proficiency score in order to receive financial support by fulfilling that teaching assignment and maintain good standing in the program.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Doctorate in Business Administration Program

  • Resume/Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GMAT (Preferred), or GRE scores
  • Statement by the applicant indicating the intended major area of study, career objectives and any other information deemed pertinent for consideration by the admissions committee