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In evaluating applications the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee seeks to identify individuals who possess the intellectual capability, motivation, and quantitative background necessary for successful completion of the program.  Desirable quantitative competencies include computer programming skills and a strong foundation in calculus and linear algebra.

Admission decisions are based on a composite of factors, including academic record, areas of previous study, academic institutions previously attended, score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), letters of recommendation, and work experience.  International applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of at least 600 on the paper version or 250 on the computer exam. There is no minimum required GRE score.

Application for admission to the doctoral program is restricted to the fall semester.  All application materials should be received by the Graduate School and/or Department of Business Information Technology no later than February 1.  A complete application consists of the following items:

  • a completed online application
  • GRE (less than 5 years old) and TOEFL (if required) scores sent to Virginia Tech; ETS Institution Code 5859;
  • official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work and letters of recommendation should be sent to the Graduate School

Related Departments

This flexible PhD program allows for students to take classes, pending advisor approval, in a variety of related academic departments including Accounting and Information SystemsComputer ScienceFinanceIndustrial and Systems EngineeringManagementMathematics, and Statistics.