Graduate Record 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED RECORD]
Doctoral Program - Graduate School of Business Administration
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The Darden School offers an intellectually demanding doctoral program for a small, select group of high-potential applicants: men and women who already have a breadth of knowledge in the functional areas of business and who have a strong interest in academic research.
The program aims to be distinctive, not only by providing sound training in the theory and methodology of the student’s chosen field, but also by training students to perform advanced academic research. Graduates of the program are expected to be able to conduct rigorous research that contributes to the growth of knowledge in their domain of expertise and to deepening our understanding of business The program fosters an environment in which students are immersed in the research literature, pushed to think critically, cultivate their own ideas, and work with their peers and faculty colleagues to generate new insights. We also ask student to work closely with faculty on their research, including direct involvement in research projects of interest to faculty members as a way of building the capabilities of students and enhancing their research portfolio.
A doctoral student must specialize in a major field of study. The school currently has major fields in management, specifically entrepreneurship, ethics, and leadership in organizations (LO).
Acceptance of an applicant as a student in the doctoral program is based on the following criteria:
- an assessment of the applicant’s willingness to commit his/her energy to the expeditious completion of a vigorous program of study in a manner consistent with the high intellectual and personal integrity expected by the faculty of a candidate for a profession; of the applicant’s ability to manage effectively the difficult challenges posed by independent study; and of the applicant’s ability to work cooperatively with others;
- an appraisal of the applicant’s ability and capacity to undertake and to complete satisfactorily the requirements of the Program;
- assurance that applicants ordinarily have obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration or the equivalent.
Application forms may be requested from:
Director of the Doctoral Program
Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
Applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test given by Pearson Vue. Those who have already taken this test should request the Educational Testing Service to forward their test results or should submit a true copy of the scores to the director of the doctoral program.
Foreign applicants must also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination in order to be considered for admission.
Applicants seeking further information regarding the program and admission may write to the director of the doctoral program.
The administration of the doctoral program has been assigned by the Darden School faculty to the Doctoral Operating Committee, a standing committee of the faculty. Each major field of doctoral study established by the faculty has a major field advisor who is a member of the doctoral committee. The general administration of the doctoral program is the responsibility of the director of the doctoral program.
Students offered admission to the doctoral program may also be offered a range of financial support. Many of our admitted students receive a generous scholarship, a tuition waiver, and a stipend. Students who are offered assistance may receive such support for the full 4 years of the program, but such decisions are made on a year-to-year basis and depend on the students’ satisfactory progress within the program.