Admission Requirements

What are the requirements to be admitted to the program?

Applicants to the PhD program need to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution as well as an MBA degree. We do, on occasion, provide a waiver for the MBA requirement in cases where a student has an equivalent master’s degree and extensive coursework in business-related material.

In addition, you need to complete the on line application– which includes an essay, a valid GRE/GMAT score, letters of recommendation, transcripts documenting your education (and degrees). The GMAT is offered only as a computer adaptive test in the United States. Pearson VUE administers the GMAT, and Darden's program code is KC7-0X-86. We evaluate only test score results from tests taken prior to submission of the application. The highest score is used, but we do not combine scores from multiple tests. Scores are valid for five years. Darden will also accept a GRE score in place of the GMAT. No approval is necessary — just apply with the GRE score. Please note that there is no advantage or disadvantage to taking one test over the other.

We do not require official test scores in order to process your application and get it to the committee for review. You may self-report the scores directly into your online application. If offered admission, you will need to send official documents. However, offers of admission are not binding until official scores are received. If discrepancies are found between self-reported and official scores, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.

If you are an international student, Darden will accept English testing scores from either The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The Darden School of Business code for TOEFL is 5820 Dept. 02 and the code for IELTS is 5099. International students who earned a degree at an English-speaking institution may submit their TOEFL or IELTS score(s) used as part of that admissions process.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $100 must accompany the application. Online application fees can be paid by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) through Darden's secure server or by check, money order or cashier's check. Credit card payments are preferred.

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