Business Administration

Study mode:Blended Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jan 15, 2025
29 place StudyQA ranking:4069 Duration:50 months

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With guidance from faculty mentors, PhD students will create a personalized program of study that includes a major area of specialization and at least two minor areas of specialization. In addition to coursework, each department holds regular seminars where students and faculty review and critique current research in the field. Upon satisfactory completion of coursework and the major area written exam, students are conferred a Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA).


The Ph.D. Program in Business Administration offers these major areas of specialization:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Technology Entrepreneurship


Each year, from an application pool of approximately 500, the Michael G. Foster School of Business PhD Program admits a class of approximately 15 highly qualified PhD students. In ranking applicants, we give primary consideration to academic potential and aspiration. Each applicant is evaluated in terms of the following:

  • Academic accomplishments to date, as evidenced by graduate and undergraduate grades and courses taken
  • Institutions attended
  • Scholarships, awards, and honors earned
  • Graduate Management Admission test (GMAT) scores, or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • TOEFL iBT scores (if applicable)
  • Academic and other references
  • Relevant nonacademic experience
  • Statement of academic objectives

Admission decisions are also influenced by the availability of faculty, the number of students already in the program, and the availability of financial support in each major area of specialization

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 600 TOEFL iBT® test: 100


Excellent financial aid – in the form of tuition waivers, teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and scholarships – is available for all qualified students in the Ph.D. Program. The objectives of the financial support package are to help fund the student’s educational program and to provide the students with supervised professional experience in both teaching and research.The School’s goal is to provide financial support for at least four years for all doctoral students who continue to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree and maintain a high standard of performance in their assignments as teaching and research assistants. The School provides a number of fellowships to support outstanding doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research during the final part of their programs. In addition, many students successfully compete for national fellowships and research grants.





The University of Washington is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of American Universities. Individual schools and colleges are members of the various accrediting association in their respective fields. Currently enrolled or prospective students should contact the Office of the Registrar to review accreditation documents for the University and the respective departments to review programmatic accreditation documents.



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