Ph.D. Programs

The Haslam College of Business’ Doctor of Philosophy programs provide qualified candidates with the intellectual and professional capabilities for careers in research and teaching at major universities. The programs are purposely limited to a small, highly qualified group to encourage close working relationships between faculty and students.

Admission to the doctoral programs is highly competitive and based on prior academic performance, scores on entrance exams, relevant work experience and letters of recommendation. For more information about our academic standards, visit the graduate student catalog.

How to Apply

All applications are made through UT’s Graduate School. Please see individual programs for detailed requirements.

Most Haslam programs prefer the GMAT, but check each individual program to see if the GRE can be substituted. The University of Tennessee’s test score reporting code is 1843.

Priority deadlines for each program vary, but all international students must apply by February 1. Students who are not native English speakers must take the TOEFL or IELTS.

Phd Club

Founded in 2017, The Doctoral Student Association (DSA) is an organization run by doctoral students for doctoral students. The goal of the DSA is to foster community among doctoral students in the Haslam College of Business and to provide resources for professional development to improve job market placement. The DSA also represents doctoral students’ shared interests to the Faculty and Dean’s Office.

Every year, the DSA conducts multiple events to further these goals. Some events that we have conducted in the past include:

  • Trivia night
  • Three-minute Thesis Competition
  • Dinners and other social gatherings
  • Job market advice faculty panel
  • Coding workshops

Current DSA Officers:

Becca Arwine
Second-year Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations

Anne Dohmen
Third-year Supply Chain Management

Banks Osborne
Second-year Finance

The DSA values every student’s voice and encourages all Haslam doctoral students to get involved.
For questions or to learn more, please email us at