Admission Requirements for the Business PhD

  • Business student studying at IUP Professionals looking to earn their PhD in business at IUP will need to follow the university’s admission requirements for graduate studies. More specifically, the documents you will need to be considered for admission in the program are:

    • An online application in our admission system
    • A goal statement that outlines your reason for pursuing a PhD and degree objectives
    • Three letters of recommendation, from academic and/or professional sources
    • A master’s degree with at least one degree (bachelor’s or master’s) in business
    • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges you have attended
    • A resume that outlines your professional accomplishments to date
    • Official GMAT or GRE scores, with GMAT preferred but GRE accepted
    • Professional writing samples that highlight your writing and research skills

    You will be able to submit all documents except for your transcripts and test scores in your IUP Admissions Profile. Qualified applicants who have submitted all necessary materials will be invited to a candidate interview to determine the potential fit. Interviews will be held through videoconferencing.

    Application Deadlines and Recommendations

    IUP accepts applications for the PhD in Business program on a rolling basis. In other words, you can submit an application until shortly before the start of a new cohort, as long as space is available. However, it is important to plan for the time required to send your official transcripts and test scores. After a new cohort begins its studies, you might not be eligible to join.

    In addition, demand for business PhD programs can be significant. We recommend submitting your application as soon as you make the decision to pursue the degree, which will help to secure your seat in the program before the cohort fills up.

    Checking on Your Application After Submission

    After you have completed your application, IUP will begin to review it before making an admission decision. To check on its status, please contact Michael Kosicek, Business PhD coordinator, at kosicek@iup.edu or 724-357-6229 for details.