PhD FAQ

What is the decision process for evaluating the application?

Applications are initially reviewed by the doctoral committee using a portfolio approach. In addition to GMAT scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), prior academic performance, prior academic institutions attended, work experience, letters of recommendation, and the personal statement are reviewed to ensure a good fit between the student's goals and the school. 

When will I be notified of the admission decision?

A small pool of applicants will be contacted early in the process for a Skype call. Of these applicants, several candidates will be brought to campus for a day of meetings with faculty and doctoral students. If candidates do not meet the admission criteria, they will receive written notification from the ASU Graduate College by April or May. Application decisions are not released via phone or email.

Can GRE scores be substituted for GMAT scores?

No, scores from the GRE cannot be used in place of GMAT scores

Can I begin the program in the spring or summer?

Students in the accounting 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. Therefore, you need to have the competency to teach and undertake research in accounting by the time you complete the degree. 

Are there specific course prerequisites required for entry to the PhD 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 PhD program?

While a master's degree is not a formal requirement, candidates who have earned an advanced business-related degree will be more competitive in the admissions process. 

How many students are typically enrolled in the accounting concentration?

Ordinarily two to four students are admitted each year, and there are a total of 10-15 students in the program.

How long does it typically take to complete the doctoral program?

Students making normal progress complete the degree within four to five years.

Is graduate student housing available through ASU?

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