PhD admissions

Admission to the PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting 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. All applicants should possess the intellectual curiosity and discipline required for original inquiry. The School of Accountancy PhD 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. Applications can be submitted beginning Sept. 9, and the deadline for the application and all supporting documents is Jan. 15. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The ASU Graduate College will notify you in writing of the decisions made by 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.

Required application materials

Doctoral program applicants must submit the following to the ASU Graduate College:

It is critical that you write your Document Reference Number on all materials prior to mailing. This number can be obtained from the ASU Graduate College Application Checklist on the last page of the online application.

Additional resources

While many of our accepted students have an MBA or Master of Science in Accounting, others have a background in another area, such as finance, economics or math. The evaluation for admission is on a competitive basis. The doctoral committee in the School of Accountancy will review each candidate's profile. Strong academic credentials, intellectual curiosity, and commitment are important criteria for admission

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 pages long. 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.

Distinguish yourself

Submission of the personal statement allows you an opportunity to highlight the qualities and experiences that distinguish you as a prospective W. P. Carey doctoral student. Please provide the following information address the areas requested as part of your 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, honors, achievements and community activities
  • Research interests and any past research activities
  • Reason for interest in the W. P. Carey PhD in business administration with a concentration in accounting
  • How obtaining a PhD will help you achieve your personal career goals and career 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, so be specific about the nature of your professional experiences.

  1. Undergraduate degree(s)/major(s)
  2. Graduate degree(s)/major(s)
  3. Full-time paid work experience since completion of your undergraduate degree, beginning with your most recent work
  4. Part-time paid work experience, including work during your undergraduate and graduate study
  5. Internships, voluntary positions or other work experiences
  6. Awards, honors and special achievements received during your academic and/or work experiences
  7. Computer skills/computer languages in which you are proficient

For areas three through five, start with your current or most recent employment information and use the following format:

  • Employer name, address, and 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. You will be asked in the ASU Graduate College application for the names and email addresses of the three recommenders, which you will enter via the “Supplemental” tab in the application. Your recommenders will receive an email with a link that will direct them to submit their recommendations electronically to the ASU Graduate College. Please inform your recommenders that the online submission process is the only method for submission.

Ideally, letters should be from individuals who can best evaluate your potential for graduate-level research. These typically are faculty at research-oriented schools. They should know you personally and be familiar with your credentials, leadership strengths, and professional aspirations. They also should know your personal qualities, current career focus, and potential for success in a doctoral business program

GMAT scores are strongly preferred, although GRE scores are also accepted. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are computer-based standardized assessments delivered in English that serve as uniform standards of measurement for applicants. The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test that measures general verbal, mathematical and analytical writing skills. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) measures verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills.

Applicants should plan to take the test no later than two weeks prior to the Jan. 15 application deadline.

In the online application, you will be asked to enter your unofficial score number and percentile obtained for the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections of the GMAT/GRE. The official test scores, however, must be reported directly by the testing organizations to the ASU Graduate College. Use the following W. P. Carey codes for reporting you official scores:

  • GMAT: Institutional code 0GZ-1R-18
  • GRE: Institutional code 4007; department code 4001

GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.

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