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Oklahoma State University

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

  1. Prior Academic Work:  To be adequately prepared for doctoral work, applicants should have successfully completed a thesis during the master’s degree and at least one college-level course in both research methods and statistics. Applicants without these course requirements for admission may be admitted with deficiencies.

  2. GPA: Applicants should have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in graduate-level course work. In exceptional circumstances students with a lower GPA may be admitted if there are other indications of ability to do doctoral-level work.

  3. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants should submit three (3) letters of recommendation which strongly support the applicant's interest in and promise for successful work for a Ph.D. degree. These letters should address how the applicant's prior academic and professional performance indicates ability to successfully complete Ph.D. course and dissertation work. The most useful letters come from faculty who have had direct experience with the applicant and can speak to the applicant’s academic strengths. Letters from employers can also be appropriate to the extent that they address work habits.

  4. Applicant's Statement of Purpose and Goals: This statement must address why the applicant is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration at Oklahoma State University. Additionally, the statement must explicitly address career goals and an area of research intended for the dissertation. The applicant is asked to identify at least two Hotel and Restaurant Administration faculty members s/he would prefer to work with and explain why. Also appropriate for inclusion in the Statement of Purpose and Goals:  an explanation of how career goals have evolved; examples of prior professional and/or educational work; a description of participatory research experiences; and a description of any professional or significant volunteer experiences which have shaped interests in doctoral study. This statement will help the admission committee assess the fit between the applicant’s background and goals, and the graduate program for which s/he is applying.

  5. Resume or CV

  6. Official GRE Scores or GMAT Scores: Submission of scores from either the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is a requirement for admission into the Ph.D. program for all applicants. There are no exceptions to this requirement, and applications will not be considered for admission if an official GRE or GMAT score is not submitted. The GRE/GMAT test score is just one of many factors – including letters of recommendations, statement of purpose and goals, cumulative GPA from master’s degree, etc. – which are considered when reviewing an application. While there are no minimum requirements for the GRE/GMAT, HES policy does recommend the following threshold scores (GRE: verbal - 450 or higher; quantitative - 580 or higher; analytical writing - 4.0 or higher) (GMAT: verbal - 28 or higher; quantitative - 35 or higher; analytical writing – 4.0 or higher). GRE/GMAT scores must be competitive with the current applicant pool to be considered for admission, and also may be used when awarding graduate assistantships. Test scores are valid for five years from the date of the original test. If the GRE/GMAT was taken more than five years ago, it must be retaken and the new score submitted by the application deadline, if any. If an applicant has taken the test more than once, the highest score will be used in evaluation of the application.

  7. English Proficiency Tests:  Applicants for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of spoken English by submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score.  A minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (or a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL) is required for admission.  Alternatively, an official IELTS (academic stream) examination with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 also will satisfy the English proficiency requirements for admission. Either examination must have been taken within the last two years.