The Ph.D. in Business program prepares students for scholarly careers in research and teaching. Our class size is fewer than 40 students, which allows for extensive one-to-one interaction between students and faculty, and all required courses and teaching assignments are held on campus. Most students earn their degree in four to five years.

The Ph.D. program offers three tracks:

Receive training in research methods and teaching in the accounting field.
Information systems
Advance IS knowledge through design science and qualitative research.
Prepare for research and teaching positions in business schools.

Plan a visit

Prospective Ph.D. applicants interested in visiting campus should contact Austen Gouldman at

Admissions requirements

The departments of Accounting and Management only accept full-time Ph.D. students. The Department of Information Systems will consider part-time Ph.D. students on a case-by-case basis.

GMAT/GRE scores

Each Ph.D. applicant is required to submit a GMAT score. The departments of Information Systems and Management will consider a GRE score in lieu of the GMAT. Test waivers are not permitted for Ph.D. applications.

Information Systems track

Admission recommendations are made by the information systems department Ph.D. committee. An applicant is admitted to the Ph.D. program only if at least one doctoral faculty member is willing to be the applicant’s advisor. We encourage you to speak with members of the IS Department Ph.D. committee before submitting your application.

Management track

We require a strong academic background (bachelor's or master's) in business or another discipline related to organizational behavior such as psychology or sociology. Other academic backgrounds may be considered.

Admissions cycle

The Department of Accounting accepts new Ph.D. students in the fall of each odd numbered year. The Department of Management and Department of Information Systems do not have a defined admission cycle. However, the application deadline is typically January 1st for the fall intake all of concentrations.

How to apply

To apply, submit the online application with all required supplemental materials, including:

  • A $65 nonrefundable application fee
  • Application for Virginia in-state tuition (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from each college/university attended
  • A personal statement essay
  • A GMAT or GRE score
  • A current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • For international applicants: A TOEFL score of 100 or above; an IELTS score of 7.0 or above; OR a Pearson Test of English score of 68 or above

For more details on graduate admissions requirements, visit VCU Admissions.


Accepted students are automatically considered for a Ph.D. assistantship. If awarded, this appointment covers all required tuition and fees, and pays a biweekly stipend. This stipend is compensation for 20 hours per week of teaching and/or research performed for the department. Students making satisfactory progress in the program typically receive tuition and stipend support for four years. Visit each concentration page for specific assistantship details.

Students that will be self-funding their study may visit the VCU tuition and fees calculator