Welcome to the admissions page. This page will provide you with detailed information about the admission requirements and will link you to our online application. If you have any questions about the admissions requirements or application process, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Director, PhD Program Administration
We require you to submit your scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT score is heavily preferred; however, we will also consider the GRE score. Foreign students whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. If you have either an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree (or are in the process of earning either degree) from a US institution, then you do NOT need to submit a TOEFL score. The ideal applicant should have:
- 700 on the GMAT
- 100 on the IBT
- 250 on the CBT
- 600 on the PBT
GMAT scores are only valid for five years following the administration of the exam and TOEFL scores are only valid for two years following administration of the exam. We also accept the the International English Language Testing System (IELTS - http://www.ielts.org/default.aspx) exam; we require a score of 7.0. Our GRE and TOEFL Institution Code is 2906; our GMAT code is 72S-3T-86.
Over the past several years the average student accepted into our program has scored 710 on the GMAT, 1400 on the GRE, and/or has had a GPA of 3.7 in both his (or her) undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Applicants generally hold a master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Students who do not hold an advanced degree in an appropriate business discipline may be required to take additional coursework. Students must also have a working knowledge of calculus for admission into the program.
A GMAT or TOEFL score and GPA at or above the above averages does not ensure admission. Each candidate’s ability and potential are assessed by the faculty in the area of specialization and by the PHDBA Program Committee. Although the applicant’s academic record and test scores are important factors in the admissions process, other factors, such as the ability to conduct research as demonstrated by academic research publications and whether your indicated research interests match with those of our faculty, are also taken into consideration.
After initial review of your credentials we may ask you for a personal interview. Telephone interviews are acceptable and will be arranged by the Temple Ph.D. in Business Administration Program. A visit to campus is the responsibility of the applicant. To arrange for a campus visit, please send an e- message to Dr. Paul Pavlou, Program Director and a copy of your request to the area advisor of the specialization for which you are applying.
Application Deadlines and Credentials
All applications must be submitted online; please click ‘Apply’ in the right hand sidebar to submit your online application.
Students Holding Degrees / Diplomas from Non-U.S. Universities: February 1st, Deadline for priority consideration is December 15
Please note that the earlier application date allows us to evaluate credentials from foreign universities and to equilibrate the results to U.S. measure of grade point average for purposes of comparison. It also allows time to verify credentials including both the transcripts and diploma.
US-Educated Students (all undergraduate and graduate transcripts from U.S. universities): February 1st, Deadline for priority consideration is December 15
All required credentials from students wishing to be considered for fellowships, assistantships or financial aid must be received and applications deemed complete by February 1st. Applications that are not complete by April 1 cannot be considered for fall enrollment.
Information for International Applicants
It is your responsibility to submit the proper credentials with your application. Temple University requires the same documents as WES; please review WES’ website and send Temple University the same documents:
Additionally, please review the following Temple University Graduate School website for information about proper documents to submit with your application and for special instructions for students holding academic transcripts from CHINA and INDIA.
International students can also opt to have credentials evaluated by private credentialing agencies accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or submit them directly to Temple to be evaluated in house. While Temple University does not charge a fee to evaluate credentials, it may be worth the cost of a private credentials review ($100 to $300) in order to avoid a delay in the admissions process once the application is received by the Fox School of Business. In our experience World Education Services and Educational Credential Evaluators provide the information in a format that is useful for the admissions decision. Please select the evaluation option that provides course-by-course grades and an overall grade point average (GPA).
We encourage international students to use the Education USA advising centers in their home countries. The education advisors are natives of your home countries and are based at US Embassies or Fulbright Centers; they are fully aware of the US educational application process and can provide sound advice in developing an effective application strategy.
Students needing to improve English language skills before attending graduate school at the Fox School of Business should apply to Temple University’s Intensive English Language Program. You will study reading, writing, listening and speaking and take part in classes and activities that will introduce you to both American culture and the culture of the American classroom. Please visit the following site for more information:
Ph.D. Student Handbook
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