Ph.D. FAQs

What is the decision process for evaluating the application?
Applications are initially reviewed by a School of Accountancy Doctoral Committee using a portfolio approach. In addition to GMAT scores and prior academic performance, letters of recommendation and the personal statement are reviewed to ensure a good "fit" between the student's goals and the School. A recommendation for action is then made to the Associate Dean in the W. P. Carey School who in turn makes a recommendation to the Graduate College. The Graduate College either admits or denies each applicant and notifies him or her in writing.

When will I be notified of the admission decision?
Applicants typically will receive written notification from the Graduate College in April or May. Application decisions are not be released via phone or e-mail.

Can GRE scores be substituted for GMAT scores?
Scores from the GRE cannot be used in place of GMAT. Contact GMAT for information about scheduling the exam.

Can I begin the program in the spring or summer?
Students in the accountancy concentration start the program in the fall semester only.

Does my undergraduate degree have to be in accounting?
No, but the primary purpose of the doctoral program is to develop scholars specializing in accounting. Thus, students need to have the competency to teach and research in their chosen field by the time they complete the degree.

Are there specific course prerequisites required for entry to the Ph.D. program?
There are no specific course prerequisites. Doctoral applicants admitted to the W. P. Carey School of Business must have strong writing skills and must show strong quantitative ability.

Is a master's degree required for admission to the Ph.D. program?
While a master's degree is not an absolute requirement, those candidates who possess an advanced business-related degree will be more competitive in the admissions process.

Is work experience required for admission to the Ph.D. program?
The School of Accountancy Doctoral Committee evaluates applications using a portfolio approach and considers a candidate's previous academic performance, test scores, work experience, personal essays and letters of recommendation. The strongest applicants possess relevant work experience.

Do I have to have the TSE in order to be considered?
The Test of Spoken English (TSE) is a requirement of all international applicants. Accountancy concentration applicants are expected to submit TSE scores along with other application materials by the application deadline.

How many students are typically enrolled in the accountancy concentration?
Ordinarily between 10 and 15.

How long does it typically take to complete the doctoral program?
Students making normal progress complete the degree within four to five years if they have completed prior graduate course work.

Is graduate student housing available through ASU?
ASU has limited on-campus graduate student housing. More information can be found by contacting Residential Life . Most graduate students take advantage of off-campus housing available in close proximity to the campus.