Department of Information Systems - How to Apply
How to Apply
Admission to the Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in computer information systems is granted to applicants who present convincing evidence of high-order analytical skills, intellectual curiosity and the ability to work independently in pursuing scholarly research. Applicants should possess the intellectual curiosity and discipline required for original inquiry. The Department of Information Systems Ph.D. Admissions Committee reviews applications each spring for the students selected to begin the doctoral program each fall semester.
- Admission is granted for the fall term only.
- The online application deadline is January 15
- The supporting documents deadline is January 15
Applications can be submitted beginning in mid-September, and the application deadline is January 15. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Graduate Education will notify all applicants in writing of the Admissions Committee decisions. There is no guarantee you will receive a response on or before a specific date. Offers of financial assistance cannot be deferred.
Doctoral program applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Education:
- Graduate Education online application
- Personal statement - uploaded through the Graduate Education application
- Employment summary - uploaded through the Graduate Education application
- Transcripts - from all previous institutions attended
- Application fee
- Letters of recommendation
- GMAT score
- TOEFL score (international applicants only)
- Financial Guarantee Form (international applicants only)
- TSE or iBT (international applicants only)
- International Transcripts (international applicants only)
You should prepare your personal statement in advance to be uploaded into the online application. Be sure to carefully proofread your statement prior to submitting. Please note that special fonts and/or formats (i.e. italics, bold, etc.) may be lost during submission. Please be concise, yet thorough. The statement should be no more than two to four pages in length. In review of your personal statement, the Admissions Committee will seek evidence of your maturity, leadership, strength of purpose, academic potential and ability to communicate clearly and professionally.
Submission of the personal statement allows you the opportunity to highlight the qualities and experiences that distinguish you as a prospective W. P. Carey doctoral student. Applicants are requested to provide information pertaining to the following areas as part of their statement:
- Your name as it will appear on the graduate application
- Your nine-digit ASU identification number and/or the ASU application reference number assigned to you upon submission of your online application
- Your personal background, including formative events and circumstances, such as extracurricular activities, honors, achievements and community activities
- Work experience, including credentials you have from your hands-on and professional experiences
- Other personal attributes and qualities
- Qualifications and reasons for interest in the W. P. Carey Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in computer information systems
- How obtaining a Ph.D. will help you achieve your personal career goals and objectives
You should prepare your employment summary in advance to be uploaded into the online application. Please note that special fonts and/or formats (i.e. italics, bold, etc.) may be lost during submission. Provide the information in the format specified below. Your employment summary will serve as a resume.
Work experience will be one of several components in the evaluation of doctoral applicants. In your employment summary, be specific about the nature of your professional experiences. Start with your current or most recent employment information and include any military service. The Admissions Committee seeks prospective students who have relevant work experience and also possess research and teaching potential. Therefore, a minimum of two years of full-time (40 hours per week) work experience is highly recommended.
- Undergraduate degrees/majors
- Graduate degrees/majors
- Full-time paid work experience since completion of your undergraduate degree, beginning with your most recent work
- Part-time paid work experience, including work during your undergraduate and graduate study
- Internships, voluntary positions or other work experiences
- Awards, honors and special achievements received during your academic and/or work experiences
- Computer skills/computer languages in which you are proficient
For areas three through five, provide information in the following format:
- Employer name - Employer address - Employer phone
- Job start and end date
- Hours worked per week
- Annual salary (in U.S. dollars)
- Job title
- Job responsibilities
- Reason for leaving job
We request a minimum of three letters of recommendation to be submitted on your behalf. One letter should be from your current employer (supervisor or manager), and the remaining letters should be from individuals who can best evaluate your potential for graduate-level business study. These typically are faculty or other professional associates. They should know you personally and be familiar with your career, credentials, leadership strengths and professional aspirations. They also should know your personal qualities, current career focus and potential for success in a graduate business program. Once collected, your letters of recommendation will become a part of your candidate-managed application packet and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a computer-based standardized assessment, delivered in English, that serves as a uniform standard of measurement for applicants. The exam measures basic verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work.
W. P. Carey School doctoral program applicants should plan to take the test no later than two weeks prior to the January 15 deadline. Official GMAT scores must be sent to the ASU Graduate Education. GMAT scores are only valid for a period of five years. Please note that the GRE is not accepted .
The W. P. Carey School of Business Doctoral Program Code is: 0GZ-1R-18
For detailed information on the GMAT, please visit www.mba.com