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Oklahoma State University
Watson Graduate School of Management

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University


What We Look for in a Candidate

There is no formula for what makes a great doctoral student. We are interested in individuals with a passionate intellectual interest in entrepreneurship. Further, a strong work ethic and self-discipline are critical ingredients. Students are required to take the GMAT test, and while we have no specific requirement in terms of their score, we generally look for scores of 650 and above. However, attention is also given to the professional background and experiences of the candidate. A carefully written letter of interest that outlines the kinds or research questions that intrigue the candidate is important, as are strong recommendations from individuals who can attest to the intellectual and research potential of the candidate. While it may vary from year to year, we normally accept two new doctoral students to the Entrepreneurship Program annually.

Apply to the Program

The application deadline for the Entrepreneurship Ph.D. program is March 1, and OSU must receive all application materials by this date.

Application Requirements:

  • Graduate College application form, with application fee and transcripts attached, per Graduate College requirements.
  • Three names and email addresses for recommenders, included on form.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (as an attachment)
  • A letter outlining your motives for pursuing the Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship, including your professional goals and research interests as they relate to entrepreneurship (as an attachment)
  • GMAT score (Institution Code V0W-5V-91)

Additional information:

Transcripts should be attached in an electronic format to the application form. Please do not mail any hardcopies of transcripts unless specifically requested to do so by the Graduate College.

Recommendation letters are not required to be submitted on company letterhead. While letterhead is recommended, it is not required. The recommender should include his/her name, title, company name, and contact information on the letter, as appropriate.

GMAT Institution code for Entrepreneurship Ph.D. is V0W-5V-91. The GMAT test should be scheduled so that scores arrive prior to deadlines. It normally takes about two weeks for official scores to be received by OSU.

International Students: The Graduate College may require TOEFL/IELTS. If so, the Entrepreneurship PhD program minimum acceptable scores are: TOEFL, 89 ibt; IELTS, 6.5.

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions for details on application content.

Contact Information

School of Entrepreneurship
104A Business Building
Spears School of Business
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-4011
Phone: 405-744-3325
Fax: 405-744-8956