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Application Requirements


The University of Oklahoma's Steed School of Accounting evaluates each applicant individually in order to select for admission those applicants with the aptitude, scholarship, and analytical skills necessary to successfully complete an advanced degree. Most applicants (recent graduates with up to a few years of work experience) are generally required to submit the following materials in order to be considered for admission.  

  • Transcripts of prior undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Graduate admission exam scores (typically GMAT, see following paragraph for possible exception)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Spoken English (TSE) for applicants from non-English speaking nations
  • Statement of your reasons for pursuing a doctorate specializing in Accounting and why you chose to apply to the University of Oklahoma.

Under extraordinary circumstances, such as when the applicant has remarkable academic or work experience, we may use other demonstrated qualifications to determine eligibility for admission and may waive the GMAT requirement.  Contact the PhD coordinator if you think this may apply to you.

The application deadline is January 15. Applications after this date will be considered on a space available basis.  After reviewing applications, the final part of the selection process involves inviting a small set of strong applicants for a campus visit to meet with faculty and doctoral students to ensure a program fit.

GMAT, GPA and TOEFL Expectations

While the Steed School of Accounting does not have specific admission requirements (e.g. minimum GMAT score/GPA), admission is highly competitive. The PhD Committee, comprised of members of the accounting faculty, recommends admission on the basis of the total application.  Applicants to our PhD program provide application materials including: past degree(s), GPA, a graduate entrance exam score (typically GMAT), letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.  As indicated above, we may, under extraordinary circumstances, consider applicants for admission with other demonstrated qualifications.