University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Admissions Requirements for Ph.D. Programs

Successful applicants to the Walton College Ph.D. programs must be academically strong candidates who demonstrate high leadership potential and have an ability to conduct quality research.


All applicants to our Ph.D. programs are carefully reviewed for their academic background and performance, and their potential to be outstanding researchers.

Our goal is to find a group of individuals that, taken together, will excel in our programs and contribute to each other's educational experience. Your goal is to provide information that will distinguish yourself from among the many outstanding candidates who apply to the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Use your application materials to distinguish yourself from your peers.

The appropriate Admissions Committee will review and evaluate your application once all supporting documents and  application fee have been received. The official GMAT, TOEFL, and/or GRE scores should be sent directly from the test administrator. Applications will not be considered until the packet is complete.

If you have any questions about our programs or the application process, please feel free to call (479) 575-2851 or e-mail us at We look forward to receiving your application materials.

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Graduate School of Business
Sam M. Walton College of Business
University of Arkansas
Willard J. Walker Hall – Room 310
191 Harmon Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701
p. 479-575-2851
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Admission Criteria

Each applicant's potential is evaluated on the following dimensions:

  • Academic record, including areas of strength and trends in academic performance. Master's GPA is used to assess this criteria. Applicants must hold at least a master's degree from an accredited college or university. In rare circumstances, an applicant may be admitted into a Ph.D. program without a master's degree.
  • Aptitude for graduate work in business, as measured by the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is used to make admissions decisions for the Ph.D. in Economics. Please visit our Application Deadlines page to see which tests are accepted for the programs you're interested in.
  • Background, growth potential, maturity, motivation, and leadership, as indicated by résumé and statement of objectives.
  • Academic Research – Résumé, statement of objectives, and letters of recommendation are used to assess a student's ability to conduct quality academic research.


Financial Aid for PhD Students

Students admitted to a Walton College PhD program may receive graduate assistantship funding which includes a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of $18,200.

Highly qualified students may be nominated for fellowship funding up to $22,000 per year in addition to the assistantship award.

PhD Assistantships

Requirements for Ph.D. Applicants

Application Form

Individuals wishing to apply for a Ph.D. program should complete the online application for admission. If you are unable to complete the application online, or should you need to send in supporting documentation, please email us at .

Application Fee (NON-REFUNDABLE)

A $60.00 application fee must accompany application materials. The fee must be made payable to the University of Arkansas in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank. The application fee is non-refundable and no application will be processed without the fee.


A copy of a current résumé is required. Be certain that your résumé indicates your full-time and part-time employment history, extracurricular collegiate, professional, and community activities, honors and awards, and foreign language proficiency.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from each college or university you attended, undergraduate and graduate, are required. Course work completed at one institution and posted on the transcript of a second institution is not acceptable. A transcript from the original institution is required (this includes summer course work, exchange programs, etc.). The registrar must seal the envelope, sign his/her name across the seal, and return the transcripts to you or mail them directly to us.

If you cannot send electronic copies of transcripts or letters of recommendations, please mail the items to: Sam M. Walton College of Business, Graduate School of Business – Admissions Department, Willard J. Walker Hall – Rm 310, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required in support of your application. One should come from an individual who is familiar with your scholastic record and one should come from an individual who is familiar with your professional performance. The third letter can be from either a second academic or professional reference or from someone who knows you well and is familiar with your potential as a graduate student.

Personal Statement of Objectives

Include ways in which you have been influenced by past academic and work experiences, personal strengths and weaknesses, career goals, research interests, and benefits you anticipate from this program. Length should be kept to one-to-two pages.

Official GMAT or GRE Score Report

We require that the test administrator submit your score directly to the University of Arkansas. The appropriate test must be taken within five years of the semester in which you wish to enroll. Your application will not be processed until we have received your official GMAT or GRE score. Visit our Application Deadlines page to see which tests are accepted.

International Applicants

Ph.D. Programs

Please note that applicants for a doctoral program at the University of Arkansas have a secondary language requirement if they are awarded a graduate assistantship. Successful applicants must meet an additional speaking and writing language score to begin the teaching duties of their assistantship. This second requirement cannot be waived, although it can be met after arrival upon approval by the Graduate School of Business. Please review the International Admissions website for the minimum speaking and writing scores.

Tests and Minimum Scores for Teaching Assistantships

Tests and Minimum Scores for Teaching Assistantships can be found at the Graduate School and International Admissions site.

Institutional Code for Test Scores:

Official scores should be sent directly from the testing service. Our institution code is 6866.