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Applying to the Program

Admission Requirements

Admission into the program is highly competitive. The following criteria must be met prior to consideration. Waivers are granted only by the written approval of the Ph.D. program director.

  • Graduate of an accredited U.S. college or university or an approved foreign equivalent institution.
  • Earned grade point averages of 3.0 or better in all prior undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • Minimum of four years full-time relevant work experience is preferred.
  • Satisfactory GMAT or GRE taken within the last ten years.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • International applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a TOEFL score report with a minimum score of 100 (internet based) or an IELTS band score of 7.5.

The faculty admissions committee will review all of the above materials in a portfolio approach. In addition, students are expected to have successfully demonstrated graduate level knowledge in seven functional areas: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, MIS, Operations Management and Strategic Management. Additionally, they will demonstrate undergraduate competency in Calculus, Statistics and Micro/Macro Economics. Students without such knowledge will be required to take the appropriate course or denied consideration.

Application Process

Applying to the Manning School of Business is done through the UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions. When the Ph.D. applicant has successfully submitted all material, the package is forwarded to the Ph.D. Program Director. Upon receipt, the director will review the applicant’s package in conjunction with a team of faculty members. Final recommendations are conducted by the Director, then provided to the UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions. All applicants will be notified of the final decision through the school.

Application Timing

The Ph.D. Program admits students every other year. The next cohort will begin fall 2019 with applications accepted starting fall 2018. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend the Spring 2018 Open House where they can meet the faculty, and are welcome to contact the program director, Kimberly Merriman, Ph.D. with questions. The application deadline for the fall 2019 cohort is February 1, 2019.

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