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Business Administration (PhD)

The Leeds School of Business PhD Program is a full-time program, intended for those who desire careers in university research and teaching. The program focuses on developing the necessary skills for the design and execution of original, innovative research and for the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and writing.

In any year, there are approximately 45 doctoral students in our program majoring in accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, operations management, and strategic, organizational, and entrepreneurial studies.

Degrees Offered:

Degree Details: 

The PhD requires at least 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework and 30 dissertation credit hours. All students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination, a dissertation proposal defense, and a final dissertation defense. Attendance at Graduate Teacher Program teaching workshops is also required. Please see our website for more information about our teaching requirements.

Admissions Requirements: 
  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  2. Preferably have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 (out of 4.0).
  3. Submit official GMAT or GRE scores that are less than 5 years old regardless of the applicant's previous educational experience. We will not waive this requirement. In past years, students who have been offered admission have scored an average total of 710 on the GMAT. For those who submitted GRE scores and were offered admission, the average quantitative GRE score was 163 and the average verbal GRE score was 162. For both the GRE and GMAT we generally look for scores at least in the 90th percentile.
  4. Be proficient in English. Scores from the TOEFL or IELTS are required unless your native language is English. We will not waive this requirement. To be considered for admission a score of at least 105 on the TOEFL or 7.5 on the IELTS is required.
  5. Provide a current vitae/resume. This should be uploaded with your application.
  6. Provide three letters of recommendation.
  7. One set of unofficial transcripts from each institution for all higher education you have completed regardless of whether you recieved a degree.
  8. Provide a personal statement that explicitly addresses the applicant's academic interests, including research interests and career objectives. This should be uploaded with your application.
  9. Complete and upload with your application a Leeds PhD Program Applicant Information Sheet (also available on our website and within the application).
Financial Support: 

The Leeds School of Business funds all of its PhD students. Each student receives a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend in exchange for a teaching assistantship (TA) or research assistantship (RA) position during both semesters of the academic year. Teaching assignments and research fellowships may also available during summer semester.      

There is no separate financial assistance application form. All applicants who submit a complete application for admission by the application deadline are considered for financial assistance.  For more information about student funding, please see our website.                                               

Applicant Instructions: 

GRE/GMAT scores: 710/325

TOEFL/IELTS scores: 105/7.5

Fall Domestic Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 1, 2016
Fall International Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 1, 2016
Contact Information: 

Leeds School of Business: PhD Program
University of Colorado Boulder
419 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0419
Phone: 303-492-4578
Fax: 303-492-1727