Application Process

Key Dates

Application Deadline: January 3, 2015

Please apply early to allow us sufficient time to carefully evaluate your application.

Access Online Application

Admission Decisions: By Mid-February

Our faculty begin reviewing applications immediately following the application deadline date. We do not have a rolling admissions process. We strive to notify candidates of our admission decision quickly via email and by mail by mid- April.

Campus Interviews: TBD By Areas

Personal interviews are conducted with all final candidates for admission. These interviews are held on our campus in late February or early March.

Your Acceptance/Decline Decision

If you are admitted to our program, we will appreciate your prompt response to our offer. However, the Laney Graduate School is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools and we abide by the resolution that states, students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of the resolution.

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Application Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

We require a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. A master's degree is not necessary.

High GMAT Test Score

Although there is no minimum score requirement, a good performance is weighted heavily by the Admissions Committee. Successful applicants tend to have overall scores in the 90th percentile or higher; the average GMAT score of recent admits has been approximately 730.

Learn more about the GMAT test.

Successful TOEFL Test Score

Beginning in 2011, our program now requires TOEFL scores for all international applicants regardless of their academic experience or the age of their TOEFL score.

The TOEFL tests your level of English as a Foreign Language. To be accepted, applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score as listed below:

Minimum scores accepted Total Reading Listening
Computer-based 250 - 25
Paper-based 600 - 60
Internet-based 100 26 26

Learn more about the TOEFL test.

Letters of Recommendation

We give considerable weight to letters of recommendation from faculty members that highlight a candidate's research potential, past academic achievements, and a commitment to scholarly endeavor.

Apply Early

As the application process can take some time, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Personal interviews will be conducted with selected candidates as part of the admission process.

Online Application

Online Application

Be sure to upload the following supporting documents with your online application:

  • Scanned transcripts from every institution listed on your application.
  • Statement of Purpose plus Resume / Curriculum vitae
  • Official test scores

GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score not more than five years old at time of application. Our GMAT code is: C3Q-71-15.

GRE(Graduate Record Exam) scores not more than five years old at time of application. Our GRE code is: 5187. (NOTE: Our faculty prefers GMAT scores.)

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required for all international students, regardless of when the test was taken. Our TOEFL code is: 5187.

If accepted, Financial certificate form (for international students only)

FAQ

Application Process

How can I get an application?

Applicants are to use our online application. Our online application goes live Sept. 20, 2013. The use of the online application allows us immediate access to your application. In addition the use of the online application will allow you to track the status of credentials that have been received in the graduate school. When you apply online you will not need to send a paper application. Complete the online application here.

What is the application deadline?

The deadline for submitting application materials to enroll in the Fall Semester of 2014 is January 3, 2014.

Is an interview required?

Yes, personal interviews will be conducted with all final candidates for admission.

Where can I find information on my field of interest?

Please select your field of interest below:

What are the score report codes for GMAT and GRE?

The Ph.D. Program code for GMAT is: C3Q-71-15 Our institutional code for ETS is 5187. You may use any of the "Business" department codes.

How can I pay the application fee?

Application fees ($75) can be paid by credit card or e-check for online applications only. Applications submitted on paper must be accompanied by a check or money order.

I cannot afford the application fee of $75. Can you waive it for me?

We do not waive the application fee.

Can I waive the TOEFL requirement?

International candidates must have strong English language communication skills, both written and spoken. Therefore, if your native language is not English, you must submit a TOEFL score.

Minimum scores accepted

Total

Reading

Listening

Computer-based

250

-

25

Paper-based

600

-

60

Internet-based

100

26

26

Can I apply to more than one area of concentration?

Each area of our Ph.D. program is unique and individualized. Therefore, when applying, you must select one area that matches your research interests.

I have found an error on my online application after I submitted it, how can I correct the error?

You can contact Tammy Coleman to correct your online application.

How do I complete Part 4 of the application (financial certificate)?

The financial certificate (Part 4) - please complete it with any personal funds you have and indicate on the form that if admitted you expect funding from the Emory University. The information is required by the University for statistical purposes only and is not a factor in determining financial awards.

Can I apply for the Ph.D. program without a master's degree?

A master's degree is not necessary.

I have worked for several years. Will this affect my application?

If your work is in your chosen area of study, it will be considered along with your other qualifications. In certain doctoral specializations, relevant work experience is considered desirable.

Are there prerequisites for application to the Ph.D. program?

All doctoral applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.

What factors are given the most weight by the Admissions Committee?

Strong candidates will be smart and motivated individuals with the appropriate intellectual qualities for a life of scholarship. We give considerable weight to letters of recommendation from faculty members that highlight a candidate's research potential, past academic achievements, and a commitment to scholarly endeavor.

Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?

No, the GPA is only one of a number of factors that the committee takes under consideration.

Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?

Our faculty strongly prefers the GMAT exam. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is also accepted.

Are there minimum GRE and GMAT scores?

While there is no minimum test score requirement, a good performance on one of these tests is very desirable. Successful applicants have overall scores in the 90th percentile and higher. The average GMAT score of recent admits has been 726.

Where can I find information on the GMAT or GRE?

You can find testing and registration information on each testing organization's website:

Do international students have to take an English proficiency test?

Yes, international students are required take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

Financing Doctoral Studies

What sources of funds are available?

Tuition scholarships and stipends will be awarded to most students admitted to the program; domestic students are also eligible to apply for university fellowships and scholarships for specialized purposes. Annual stipends will be provided for the first four years of study, provided a student is making satisfactory progress. Beginning in the second year, the student will be required to provide 10 hours per week of research or teaching assistance to assigned faculty. Learn more about Emory University's financial aid policies.

General Information

How long does it take to get the doctoral degree?

Students should be able to complete the program in four years on a full-time basis. It is possible that some students may need an additional year for completion.

Can I attend part-time so I may continue working?

The doctoral program is demanding and rigorous, and students are required to apply themselves on a full-time basis.

Can I be admitted for spring semester?

New students are accepted into the program only for fall semester.

If I have graduate credits from another doctoral program, can these be transferred to Emory University?

Most doctoral programs in business are very dependent on individual faculty interests and competencies. Building an intellectual base at Emory is important for imprinting the unique qualities of the Emory doctoral experience. For this reason, transfer credits are rarely granted.

Can I work on my MBA and my Ph.D. simultaneously?

No, because these two degree programs are philosophically very different from one another. However, doctoral students without an MBA will be asked to take certain core MBA courses as a way of acquiring knowledge about various business functional areas.

Where can I find out more specifics about life at Emory University?

Visit the Emory University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences website for full information on tuition, financial aid, enrollment status, application procedures, international students, and graduate housing.

May I visit the campus?

You are welcome to visit Emory's campus at your convenience or take our virtual tour