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Doctorate in Information Systems

Who Should Apply?

We encourage candidates from a variety of backgrounds to apply. For admission eligibility to the PhD in IS Program, applicants must have completed a master's degree in a business or technology-related discipline that meets the common body of knowledge (CBK) requirements of business degrees.

Candidates not meeting CBK requirements may be required to take Integrated Management Seminars BUS 5901 and BUS 5902 and MGT 5310.

When Can I Apply?

The PhD in IS Program admits students for the fall semester each year. Potential candidates must have their application packet complete by January 15th to receive full consideration for admission as well as financial aid.

Completed applications received after published deadlines will not be reviewed for the upcoming year.

Decision Round Application Deadline Decision Notification
General Admission and Scholarship Deadline January 15 March 15
International Applicant Deadline January 15 March 15

How Do I Apply?

To apply to the program, you can either complete an online application.

Application Requirements and Acceptance Letters

Detailed instructions are provided within the application. You will have the opportunity to save your application and return later if you choose not to complete all of the items below at the same time.

Personal essays are an opportunity to express your unique qualifications, experiences and reasons for applying to the PhD program. Prepare your essays carefully, using details and specific examples.

A current resume is requested, specifically describing work experiences, activities, honors and awards.

You will need to provide letters of recommendation from two individuals who know you well and can present balanced evaluations and assessments. It is preferred that your recommendations will be from former professors.

Please provide official transcript(s) from every college you've attended.

A $50 non-refundable fee, payable by credit card or check, is required to process your application.

You are required to take the GMAT (preferable) or GRE exam. There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement. NOTE: Unofficial copies of the test scores are acceptable for the evaluation process. For students who are not U.S. citizens, you are required to take the TOEFL test*.

*The exception is if you have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. university.

English Language Tests

All foreign national and permanent resident applicants are required to provide a score from either the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic.

Foreign Transcripts

If you are an international applicant, or attended a foreign university, please follow the guidelines for foreign transcripts available on the Graduate School website.

Upon admission to the Program, you will receive notification of acceptance from the Baylor Graduate School as well as the PhD in IS Program Director.

The Graduate School letter will outline conditions of acceptance, information on financial awards, as well as other general information pertaining to student housing and various student-related services.

The letter from the Program Director will provide Information Systems' program-specific details that will be important to you prior to the start of fall classes.

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