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Students are admitted to the doctoral program only for the Fall Semester and on a full-time basis. We currently have a policy of admitting new students every other year (Fall 2018, Fall 2020, etc.). This policy helps ensure the best possible support and educational experience for all students in our program.

For admission to the program, an applicant must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution, have a superior academic record and a minimum GMAT score of 600 or an equivalent GRE score (international students should also have a minimum TOEFL score of 600-paper, 250-computer, internet-100), have personal qualifications of sound character, perseverance, intellectual curiosity, and have a demonstrated interest in scholarly research. Application materials should be submitted on or before January 31. Specifically, the admissions committee makes its decisions based on:

  • GMAT/GRE score
  • quantitative and communication aptitude
  • grade point average(s) and university(ies) attended
  • letters of recommendation
  • applicant’s statement of purpose for applying to the doctoral program
  • previous research experience
  • invited on-campus or Skype/Zoom interview.

Admissions Questions
For answers to questions that you might have, please contact:

Professor Anjana Susarla
Director, Information Systems Doctoral Program
Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
Accounting and Information Systems Department

Application for Admission
Applicants to the doctoral program must submit the following:

  • application for Admission (Major Code – 6024)
  • application Fee
  • resume
  • GMAT score (Program Code – QH0-5P-04 PhD in Accounting) or GRE score (Institution Code – 1465)
  • transcripts
  • three Letters of Recommendation
    • The purpose of these recommendations is to yield an assessment of your scholarly potential from those who can attest to your readiness and aptitude for doctoral studies. Normally, these are your former instructors and/or employers. There is no particular form for the letters.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • This letter should indicate your reasons for entering a doctoral program and your objectives upon completing the program. The letter should be sufficiently detailed to provide the admissions committee with an understanding of your qualifications and you commitment to an academic career. An effective statement of purpose describes your motivation for a doctoral degree, how your background experiences of education and work have prepared you for this degree, what types of issues are of interest to you as research topics, and what your career goals are once you obtain a doctoral degree. The statement of purpose is a critical indicator of your research capabilities and motivation to take on the rigors of a doctoral education program.  Please keep this statement one single-spaced page or less.
  • Applicants without U.S. citizenship must also submit the following items to the Office of Admissions and Scholarships:
    • A statement of financial proof
    • A TOEFL score (Institution Code – 1465)

Information should be sent to

North Business College Complex
Department of Accounting and Information Systems
Attn: IS Doctoral Admissions Committee
632 Bogue St. N270
East Lansing, MI 48824


Eli Broad College of Business

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