Admission to the Program

The strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations Ph.D. program typically accepts two to three students for each cohort. All students must apply online through the university graduate admissions office. You will not need to send any information to our department.

We consider candidates holistically. Resilience, work ethic and desire to be placed in a major research university upon graduation are the most important criteria. The information below profiles some of our most recent cohorts.

Non-native English-speaking applicants should consult the Graduate School’s requirements concerning English proficiency.

  • Priority Deadline
    December 15 (applications received after December 15 may not get full evaluation)
  • Undergraduate Degree
    All accepted
  • Master’s Degree
    None required, All accepted, MBA Preferred
  • GPA
    3.5 (in most recently completed 60 hrs. of coursework)
  • GMAT
    630-720, Top 20 percent
  • GRE
    320-340, Top 20 percent
  • English Language Proficiency
    Non-native English-speaking applicants should consult the Graduate School’s requirements concerning English proficiency

Clearly articulated interests within the field and a demonstrated desire to be placed at top research-oriented universities in the U.S. and globally are key considerations of the application. Strong recommendations and relevant work experience also play a significant role.


Students without an MBA may be required to take some background courses (accounting, finance, marketing, economics, management), depending on their previous coursework and experiences.

Financial Aid

Admitted students receive full financial support including a tuition waiver and assistantship to help cover living expenses for five years. The department assistantship includes 20 hours of work per week, mainly research assistance with some opportunities to demonstrate teaching skills.

The base stipend plus scholarship is typically $30,300 per student per year, and we offer tuition and fee waivers. Additional scholarships may be available. Also, some faculty members are involved in individual grant research projects that require research assistants. There also may be some additional money available in the form of fellowships or department special projects.

See the UT Graduate School’s admissions site for information on fellowships available to students who show outstanding academic performance and potential for career contributions.

Graduate students are eligible for some financial aid programs offered by the U.S. Department of Education.