Ph.D. in Business Administration



To apply for a Ph.D. in Business Administration, you must have first completed a Master’s degree. GRE (minimum 308) or GMAT (minimum 600) scores are required. International students must provide TOEFL scores if they do not hold a degree from U.S. Institutions. CEFR, Pearson test scores are also considered. Please see updates to alternatives to TOEFL/IELTS.

To apply, complete the online application at the URI Graduate School website. You are able to complete the personal statement, address information, pay the application fee, upload your resume and transcripts, and ask your references to submit their letters of recommendation online.

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Application Requirements


  • Application fee (paid online with application)
  • Personal statement
  • College transcripts from all institutions attended (international applicants must show equivalency to a US bachelor’s degree by an evaluation from WES or other translation company).
    —Official paper transcripts: Sent to: BusinessCAS Transcript Processing Center, PO Box 9221, Watertown, MA 02471
    —Unofficial electronic transcripts can be uploaded
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum two)
  • Resume
  • Certificate of Residency for RI residents or qualified regional applicants. All Residency forms and supporting documentation must be emailed as PDFs to the Graduate School at
  • Official score report for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE. Please note: Prospective students should take the GRE or GMAT at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. If you cannot take tests due to pandemics, please contact us. We accept test scores older than 5 years. The GMAT, in Rhode Island, is offered at Pearson Professional Centers in Warwick. The GRE, in Rhode Island, is offered at Prometric Test Center in Warwick. The code for URI BusinessCas is #4291.
  • If English is not your native language, you’ll need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (taken within the last two years). A minimum score of 91 for TOEFL under the new IBT-Internet Based Test or 575 under the paper based testing, and minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required. The URI Designated Institution Code for TOEFL is 3919. Please see updates to the alternatives to TOEFL/IELTS


Tuition & Fees

Estimated Costs

All Veterans:
As a Veteran student you may qualify for in-state tuition. To see if you are eligible, refer to the state’s Residency Policy.

Tuition Waivers: Unemployment, Senior Citizen, Disabled Veteran, and RI National Guard Tuition Waivers are available for eligible Rhode Island residents. See waiver eligibility details or call 401.874.9500.

For all details on tuition, fees, financial aid and payment options, visit URI Enrollment Services.


For more information about the University of Rhode Island Ph.D. Program, please contact Shingo Goto.