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Ph.D. in Business Administration

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Doctoral study in business administration at Kent State prepares you to conduct high quality, scholarly research and become an effective educator in your field of expertise. The College of Business Administration offers six Ph.D. concentrations: accounting, finance, information systems, management, marketing and supply chain, plus eight Ph.D. minors.


Paid Fellowships

Ph.D. students accepted into the program are awarded a Teaching and Research Fellowship consisting of a tuition waiver and yearly stipend of $20,000.  

Research Engagements

Students attend research seminars and academic conferences relating to their area of study.

Research/Teaching Expertise

All Ph.D. students participate in a College Teaching course in which they develop pedagogical and curricular skills.


Each student is paired with a Ph.D. mentor to prepare them for a career in higher education.

Financial Support

Ph.D. students receive a travel budget to support presenting their work at academic conferences. Each department has a $5,000 fund to support Ph.D. student research. 

Office Space

Ph.D. students have offices on the same floor as faculty and share offices with other doctoral students. 



Our Ph.D. program is full-time only, with an average completion time of five years. The program is comprised of coursework, comprehensive examinations and a dissertation.

Proficiencies MBA Equivalent Courses
College Core 3 Courses
Concentration Coursework 5 Courses
Departmentally Selected Courses Up to 3 Courses
Supplemental or Minor Courses 4 Courses
Comprehensive Exam Taken after completing all coursework
Dissertation Begins after successful completion of comprehensive exam


The College of Business Administration offers six Ph.D. concentrations:

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Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. in Business Administration program at Kent State. The Kent State Ph.D. program in Business Administration admits students for full-time study only beginning in the fall semester each year. Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive and, normally, only two to three applicants are admitted within an academic area each year. The application period for fall 2018 is now closed. We encourage you to start your application for consideration for fall 2019. 


  • Online Application and Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GMAT Score or GRE (Only GMAT is accepted for Accounting)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Essay of Goals and Objectives
  • International Applicants: Test of English proficiency - IELTS (minimum 7.0) or TOEFL IBT (minimum 100)


The application deadline is February 1. All admission documents must be received by the application deadline.


Admitted applicants are awarded a Teaching and Research fellowship that consists of a tuition waiver and yearly stipend of $20,000. The fellowship is renewable up to five years.


Average GMAT Score 656
Average Graduate GPA 3.79
Average Age 32


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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Structure

When does the Ph.D. program start?

Admission is for fall semester only.

What Ph.D. concentrations are offered?

The College of Business Administration offers six Ph.D. concentrations:

  • Accounting

  • Finance

  • Information Systems

  • Management

  • Marketing

  • Supply Chain

How long does it take to earn a Ph.D.?

The time to complete the program will vary by candidate, but the average time to complete is five years.


How many new students are admitted each year?

We admit approximately three students per department. On average, we enroll 12 new students per year.

If I am an international student, am I required to take a test of the English language?

Yes, international applicants must either take the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson TSE.

What are the minimum English test scores accepted?

The minimum English test scores accepted are:

  • TOEFL IBT: 100

  • IELTS: 7

Can the English Language Test requirement be waived?

Kent State University's general rule is that an applicant must have had two full years of United States education in order to be considered for a waiver of the English Language test requirement. If you meet the criteria or for more clarification, contact the Office of Global Education and discuss your specific situation. 

When are classes scheduled?

Monday through Friday, throughout the day.

What is the minimum GMAT score that is accepted?

The minimum GMAT score considered is 600. However, due to the highly competitive nature of the program, high test scores do not guarantee admission. Our average GMAT score is 680.

Do I need a master's degree in order to be considered?

Due to the highly competitive nature of our program, an applicant should have a master's degree in order to be considered for the program. However, the degree is not required to be in a business discipline. 

Aside from the GMAT, what other factors are considered in admission?

Other factors include courses taken and grade point average (transcripts), essay of goals and objectives, work experience (resume/CV) and letters of recommendation. A test of English is also required for international applicants.

Can I be reviewed for admission if I have not taken the GMAT?

Unfortunately, no. All application materials, including the GMAT, must be reviewed before a file can be reviewed for admission. 

Do you have conditional admission?

Due to the highly competitive nature of our program, we do not offer conditional admission. 

If admitted, how can I apply for a teaching and research fellowship?

Due to the importance of a student being immersed in the academic environment, if a student is admitted into our Ph.D. program the student is normally offered a teaching and research fellowship. A student does not have to apply on a separate fellowship application. 

What does the teaching and research fellowship include?

The fellowship includes a waiver for courses needed in the Ph.D. program, along with a $20,000 stipend for the academic year, plus an additional $3,000 stipend for summer, in exchange for teaching and researching in the College of Business Administration. 

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is February 1

Do all of the admission documents need to be in by the deadline?

Yes, all admission materials must be submitted by the deadline in order for an admission file to be reviewed.

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