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Oklahoma State University
Watson Graduate School of Management

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University


Outstanding students from any field of study may apply.

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Submit to the Graduate College:

  • A completed application:
  • A non-refundable application fee ($50 for US citizens/Permanent Residents, $75 for visa holding applicants)
  • One original transcript from each college or university attended
  • TOEFL/IELTS (if required to establish English proficiency)
  • Program requirements:
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Writing Sample
    • GMAT (institution code VOW-5V-52) or GRE (institution code 6546)

Applications Deadlines


Domestic - December 1
International - December 1

It is not necessary that applicants have either an undergraduate degree in business or an MBA. It is normally expected that the applicant will have obtained a master’s degree in some area prior to the initial enrollment in the program. Students are only admitted on a full-time, in-residence basis. Admittance decisions are based on assessments of intellectual capacity, research potential and motivation, and teaching potential. Factors that are taken into consideration include:

  • GMAT performance (620 or higher preferred)
    Note: the GRE can be considered in place of the GMAT (minimum of 75th percentile on each component and overall)
  • Performance in previous degree programs (e.g., undergraduate and master’s GPA)
  • Prior experience in and motivation to conduct research
  • Prior teaching experience
  • Business/industry experience
  • If English is a second language, performance on TOEFL (100 minimum on the internet-based test, 600 minimum on the paper-based form) or the IELTS (7.0 minimum)
  • Letters of recommendation

The above represents the full range of selection criteria that can be considered, though it is not necessary that candidates possess research, teaching, and/or business/industry experience. All selection criteria are considered, and weaknesses in some areas will not necessarily preclude admission to the program, except where specific minimums are stated.

Contact Information

Department of Management
Spears School of Business
Oklahoma State University
449 Business Building
Stillwater, OK 74078-4011
Phone: (405) 744-5201
Fax: (405) 744-5180