Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for the application?
If I meet the criteria for application, will I be admitted to your PhD program?
Why not recruit an incoming cohort every year?
What funding is available for doctoral students?
Can international students apply to this program?
How many PhD students are admitted each year per program?
What level of GMAT (or GRE) score are you looking for?
What level of TOEFL score are you looking for?
I did my Master’s in the US, can I waive the TOEFL?
What if I have minimal work experience?
I have a non-business Master's degree, is this acceptable?
I have a general idea about a research area but nothing specific. How focused and detailed should I be?
What is the duration of the program?
What kinds of research areas are Bentley faculty interested in?
Where do I send my application materials?

Q. What is the deadline for the application?
A. Applications for the 2015 cohort will open on September 8, 2014, and will close on January, 15, 2015.

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. Scholarships covering tuition remission, stipends for living expenses, and health insurance are provided to doctoral students based on merit. Please refer to Funding and Support for additional information.

Q. Can international students apply to this program?
A. International students are looked at alongside domestic students and neither group is given any preference; places are given on merit. Note that admitted students must still follow appropriate visa application processes.

Q. How many PhD students are admitted each year per program?
A. There are no fixed numbers for particular departments, though note that the business program is slightly bigger as it includes more departments. There are specific calls in particular areas connected to grants (see Funding and Support). In general, we rank students on performance and fit with faculty interests across all departments in either business or accountancy.

Q. What level of GMAT (or GRE) score are you looking for?
A. While we do not have a specific cut-off, most of our successful candidates have GMAT scores of 650 or better (1300 GRE).

Q. What level of TOEFL score are you looking for?
A. We are targeting a TOEFL score of around 600 for written exams, 250 for the computerized tests, and 100 for the IBT.

Q. I did my Master’s in the US, can I waive the TOEFL?
A. TOEFL scores are waived for students who have studied in the United States or other programs taught in English (UK, Australia) for at least two years.

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 is where your interests are likely to lie so that we can match you with a faculty member who will initially at least act as your primary adviser. After your first year, when you may have a clearer idea of where you want to focus, you will be asked to chose whether you want to continue with your initial primary supervisor or make a change.

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

Q. What kinds of research areas are Bentley faculty interested in?
A. You can go to the Bentley web site and check this out. The PhD pages under both the Business and Accountancy programs list all the faculty who could be your primary adviser; you can also look at other faculty in the Bentley University database. If there is a faculty member who looks to have research interests in line with your own, you can contact him or her and begin a conversation even before you submit your formal application.

Q. Where do I send my application materials?
A. Application materials should be sent to:

PhD Programs
Bentley University
Adamian Academic Center 178
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452

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