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Doctorate in Business Administration

About the Doctorate in Business Administration

The PhD program is designed to prepare graduates for careers as effective university researchers and teachers or for senior research positions in business or government. A primary objective of the program is to train PhD candidates to become proficient researchers. Therefore, course work involves research activities such as literature review and critique, theoretical modeling, research design, computer-assisted empirical analysis and preparation of proposals and research papers. Another objective is to train students to become high-quality teachers. PhD candidates are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in their specialty area. In addition, students are expected to participate in national and regional academic conferences and are encouraged to work with faculty in developing individual research and teaching skills.


Admission criteria

Fall deadline: February 1

  • Minimum GMAT score: Superior test scores
  • Outstanding performance in previous academic work
  • Maturity and potential required for making scholarly contributions to their field of interest

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Doctorate in Business Administration Program

  • Resume/Vita
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GMAT scores
  • Statement by the applicant indicating the intended major area of study, career objectives and any other information deemed pertinent for consideration by the admissions committee

Admissions Contact Information:

Graduate Dean's Office
407 Cornell Hall
Columbia, MO 65211