PhD in Business Administration Admission Process
The four-step application process is designed to determine if applicants have the skills and interests necessary to succeed in the program. Admission decisions for each step are made only after receipt of required documents for that step. The Program receives an extensive number of applications every year for each of the concentrations. Depending on the number of students enrolled in each concentration and discipline courses offered, certain concentrations will either admit students every year or every other year. Please see below for specific information pertaining to the concentrations before applying to the Program.
Applications for Fall 2022 open on August 1, 2021
Application deadline for Fall 2022 is February 1, 2022
STEP 1 | INITIAL REQUIREMENTS
ATTEND INFORMATION SESSION
We strongly encourage you to attend an information session before applying to the PhD in Business Administration Program.
COMPLETE APPLICATION - $100 fee
Do not use the Recommenders options on the application page. We require traditional business letters on the author's letterhead submitted electronically through email.
Note: Neither the GMAT nor the GRE is required; you should skip this question on the application.
SUBMIT RESUME & COVER LETTER
Your resume should document your professional experience. In your cover letter, please explain how your experience meets the following preferred qualifications:
- A minimum of ten years of significant professional and/or senior level management experience with high levels of responsibility and expertise in the concentration area you choose. If you do not have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience, please explain why other experience or qualifications compensate for an absence of professional experience.
- Evidence of active contributions to your field of expertise beyond your academic work through making presentations or preparing written contributions, leading major projects, as well as participation in professional development activities.
- A track record of significant professional achievements that have impacted your organization and/or profession.
- A history of significant personal and professional development.
- Current professional expertise and certifications at the time of application. NOTE: CPA or equivalent certification is preferred for students interested in the accounting discipline.
You will have the option to attach your resume and cover letter to your electronic application. Or, you may submit an electronic copy only to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not mail your resume or cover letter.
REQUEST ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS
Applicants to the PhD in Business Administration Program should have a master's degree, preferably in business or a related topic from an appropriately accredited institution; however, the graduate degrees in business from AACSB accredited business schools are strongly preferred. Degrees from schools with EQUIS or AMBA accreditation will also be considered.
Request that official transcripts from each institution attended (of all previous college work) be sent electronically from the institution directly to email@example.com or sent directly in a sealed envelope to the KSU Graduate Admissions Office at ONE of the following addresses:
Mailing Address (use for ALL U.S. POST OFFICE mail, including U.S. Express Mail)
Kennesaw State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
1000 Chastain Road, #9109
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144-5591
Delivery Address (use for other delivery means such as FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Kennesaw State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
3391 Town Point Drive, Suite 1800
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144.5591
470-578-4377 (include phone number)
SUBMIT STATEMENT OF INTEREST
Your Personal and Professional Statement of Interest should be 2-3 pages in length and should discuss the following:
- Why do you want to pursue a doctorate at this time?
- What are your career aspirations after you receive the doctorate degree?
- What general area of business are you interested in studying in the Program (e.g., accounting, information systems, management or marketing), and what specific issues in that area interest you? (For instance, you may wish to learn more about how firms choose particular international markets to enter).
- What obstacles/challenges do you anticipate having to overcome to complete your PhD within a reasonable time frame (i.e., 3-4 years), and what is your plan to address these obstacles/challenges?
Submit electronic copy of your Personal and Professional Statement of Interest in the PhD in Business Administration Program to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Program will not accept a paper submission. The subject line should include PhD in Business Administration, Your Name, Personal and Professional Statement of Interest.
REQUEST TWO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Two letters of recommendation should be requested from professionals in academe or industry who can comment on the following:
- Your personal and professional accomplishments and how you achieved them.
- How you have contributed to enhancing the competitive position of the organization and development of colleagues.
- Your demonstrated leadership and your potential for advanced academic work.
We require traditional business letters on the author's letterhead submitted electronically through email.
- Letters of recommendation should be emailed as an attachment on letterhead to email@example.com. The subject line should include PhD in Business Administration, Your Name, Letter of Recommendation.
- Please do not mail a paper copy of your letters.
The Admission Committee will review all documents listed above, and, if successful, you will be invited by email to proceed to STEP 2. If you are not qualified to proceed to STEP 2, you will be notified as well.
STEP 2 | RESEARCH WORKSHOP & RESEARCH INTEREST OVERVIEW
ATTEND RESEARCH WORKSHOP
(by Invitation Only - $100 fee)
Qualified applicants will be invited by email to attend a one-day research interest workshop at the KSU Center. (Workshop Dates: November 13, 2021, January 22, 2022 and February 26, 2022).
This is an important opportunity for you to meet other prospective students, learn more about the opportunity and challenges of doctoral level research, and begin preparation of your research interest overview.
SUBMIT RESEARCH INTEREST OVERVIEW
Attendance in the workshop is required, and your Research Interest Overview will be a key factor in the admission decision.
After completing the workshop, you will prepare a 12-15 page Research Interest Overview (RIO). This overview is the most critical component of your application. Submit an electronic copy of your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should include your last name, your first name - Research Interest Overview. Please do not mail a hard copy.
The Admission Committee will review the Research Interest Overviews using a double blind procedure. If successful, you will be invited by email to proceed to STEP 3. If you are not qualified to proceed to STEP 3, you will be notified as well.
STEP 3 | INTERVIEW
(by Invitation Only)
Complete an interview with the PhD Directors and two or more faculty members.
The Admission Committee will evaluate your interview, and, if successful, you will be invited by email within 14 days to proceed to STEP 4. If you are not qualified to proceed to STEP 4, you will be notified as well.
STEP 4 | OFFER & COMMITMENT
Because of class size limitations, not all successful candidates will be selected. Some may be asked to reconsider the Program in a subsequent year.
Once the offer is made, candidates have two weeks to accept and pay a non-refundable deposit.
Classes begin in August. Orientation will be 1 day prior to the start of class.