Graduate Assistantship & Admission Information
Admission to the Management & Organization Doctoral Program is competitive. We evaluate applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, with or without formal study in management, especially with regard to their potential to excel as researchers. We expect students to have a rigorous academic background to prepare for the demanding course sequence and research requirements of the program. In addition to the student's prior academic and organizational work, scores on the GMAT or GRE exam and other evidence of outstanding intellectual achievements play a critical role in the decisions of the admissions committee. We encourage applicants to submit evidence of previous research and writing, if those are available. We interview every finalist applicant either in person or by telephone. We expect students to finish all program requirements, dissertation included, in five years of full-time study. Therefore, almost all students enter the program with a master's degree already completed. We do not admit students on a part-time basis.
All students admitted to the doctoral program in Management & Organization receive a graduate assistantship. This assistantship combines research and teaching, but strongly emphasizes research. The graduate assistantship is contingent upon good progress in the program and good performance on the research/teaching assignments. A tuition waiver is part of the graduate assistantship and students receive a stipend each month.
The goal of the research assistantship is to provide students with opportunities to learn the research process and to present their research at professional meetings and to publish it in top management journals so that they will be qualified for positions at the very best business schools in the world. The research assistantship is designed to be a "learning by doing" experience where students learn about the procedures and skills necessary to plan and conduct successful organizational research, as well as the process of publishing that research in top-tier journals.
The first year of the assistantship generally focuses on research. In the second, third, and fourth years, students generally combine both research and teaching. Nominally, students are required to teach one course in each of their second, third, and fourth years. Students might also be asked to serve as a teaching assistant to a faculty member. The goal of the teaching assistantship is to provide students with necessary experience in the planning and delivery of courses.
About the Admission Process
How competitive is the admissions process?
The admissions process is competitive, and successful applicants tend to have high GMAT or GRE scores—we prefer scores in the 90+ percentiles—as well as excellent academic records, a graduate degree in hand, and outstanding letters of reference. We also prefer some organizational experience and some research experience, if possible. We generally select only a small number of people from among the pool that applies.
When are the application materials due?
January 5 of each year
How many applicants are admitted each year?
This depends on how many slots we have available. We typically admit only three or four people out of 70-80 applicants.
When are admissions decisions made?
Most admissions decisions are made by March, although exceptionally qualified candidates may be considered earlier.
Can I be admitted without taking the GMAT?
Every student must take either the GMAT or the GRE. If the score is more than 5 years old, the exam must be retaken.
What is the average GMAT score for admitted candidates?
The average GMAT for students over the past few years is approximately 700, with a range of about 650-760.
How do I apply?
To apply please visit the Smeal Admission Process page at: http://www.smeal.psu.edu/phd/overview. A $65 application fee will apply.
About Tuition and Financial Aid
Do I have to pay tuition?
All students admitted into the Ph.D. program receive a graduate assistantship that includes a tuition waiver.
What forms of financial aid are available?
Ph.D. students receive a 20 hour/week Research/Teaching Assistantship that includes a tuition waiver, student health plan, and stipend for living expenses. In addition, students may elect to supplement their income by teaching a course in the summer. A limited number of scholarships and administered by the College of Business and the University are available to incoming students with exceptional credentials. Once in the program, students may also compete for additional scholarships and fellowships. Funds are also be available to students in the latter stage of their program to assist them with their dissertation research.