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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the deadline for the application?
A. We will publish the application deadline for our next intake shortly and invite you to check back.

Q. Is there an application fee?
A. We do not charge a fee for applying to the PhD program.

Q. If I meet the criteria for application, will I be admitted to your PhD Program?
A. Admission is competitive and acceptance depends on admissions criteria as well as your research interests, the ability to match you with an adviser, and the profile of applicants.

Q. Why not recruit an incoming cohort every year?
A. We recruit every other year in order to ensure a larger cohort, which creates better group dynamics between students and faculty, and fosters a more creative environment conducive to researching and learning.

Q. What funding is available for doctoral students?
A. A typical award package would include a full tuition scholarship, a generous stipend to assist with living expenses, and individual student health insurance. Please refer to Funding and Support for additional information.

Q. Is there a GMAT or GRE cut off score?
A. While we do not have a specific cut-off, most of our successful applicants have GMAT scores of 650 or better or GRE scores of 151+ for quantitative reasoning and 162+ for verbal reasoning. 

Q. What is the required TOEFL or IELTS score for international students?
A. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 100 and 7 for the IELTS. 

Q. Do you offer waivers for the TOEFL or IELTS?
A. The language requirement is waived for applicants who have earned either a 4 year bachelor's degree or 2 year master's degree from an accredited institution located in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Uganda, or the United States.

Q. What if I have minimal work experience?
A. We believe that work experience is important for students wanting to study and teach in a business-related field. However, candidates with very strong academic credentials, who have not had much managerial or business experience, may be considered.

Q. I have a non-business Master's degree, is this acceptable?
A. This is acceptable as long as you have the business experience alongside this.

Q. I have a general idea about a research area but nothing specific. How focused and detailed should I be?
A. We are not looking for fully formed ideas at the admission stage. What we want to know your research interests so that we can match you with a faculty member who will act as your primary adviser.

Q. What is the duration of the program?
A. Between four to six years on average. 

Q. What kinds of research areas are Bentley faculty interested in?
A. The PhD pages under both the Business and Accountancy programs list faculty active in the program; you can also look at other faculty in the Bentley University Faculty Profile page. If there is a faculty member who have research interests in line with your own, you can contact them and begin a conversation, even before you submit your formal application.