PhD FAQ

Is the TOEFL exam always required as part of the application for an international student?

There are 2 ways a student can qualify for a waiver of the TOEFL:

  1. The student successfully completed the highest level at the American English and Culture Program (AECP).
  2. The student attended a regionally accredited college/university in the United States and meets one of the following conditions:
    a. Earned a bachelor's degree or higher
    b. Completed at least 12 semester hours of graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher
    c. Completed at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher

The exam must be taken no more than approximately 2 years prior to applying. Specific date requirements and additional detail on TOEFL requirements are listed here: https://students.asu.edu/graduate/proficiency.

What is the decision process for evaluating the application?

Applications are reviewed by a SCM Doctoral Committee using a portfolio approach. GMAT/GRE scores, prior academic performance, letters of recommendation and the personal statement are all considered to ensure a good fit between the student's goals and abilities and the SCM program. A recommendation for action is made by the Doctoral Committee to the ASU Graduate College. The Graduate College notifies the applicant of the decision.

When will I be notified of the admission decision?

Applicants typically will receive notification from the Graduate College no later than March 31.

Which documents go to the ASU Graduate College and which documents go directly to the SCM department?

The application, application fee, transcripts, letters or recommendation, and all supporting documentation must be sent to the ASU Graduate College.

Can I begin the program in the spring or summer?

Students can only start the SCM doctoral program in the fall semester.

How many students are typically enrolled in the SCM doctoral program?

Typically six to eight students are enrolled at all times.

How many students does the supply chain doctoral program admit each year?

Typically two or three students are admitted each year. This will vary from year to year depending on competitiveness of the applicant pool and internal budget considerations.

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

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