We typically admit between 2 and 4 students each fall (we do not admit students in the spring). Sometimes we prioritize organizational behaviors (micro track) applicants and sometimes we prioritize strategic management applicants (macro track). We anticipate admitting students in both tracks for the 2025 class.

Admission decisions are made holistically, with input from multiple faculty members who work with Ph.D. students. We consider factors such as academic performance, GMAT/GRE scores, letters of recommendation, fit with program focus and faculty interests, and career goals.

Application Deadline

We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2025 cohort in October, with a December 31 deadline.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement as an undergraduate with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work, though successful applicants have average scores significantly higher. The average undergraduate GPA of recent admissions has been 3.8.

The College does not require students to earn a master’s degree prior to admission, but a master’s degree in a core social science discipline (such as economics or psychology) is beneficial. Roughly half of our current Ph.D. students have MBA’s or other master’s degrees. Because of differences in emphasis between Ph.D. and masters coursework, credits can rarely be transferred.

Admission requirements for the Ph.D. include (a) a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and (b) for nonnative speakers of English, a minimum score of 550 (PBT) and 80 (IBT) on the TOEFL. Although these are the minimum requirements, most students accepted into the Ph.D. in management have a GPA above 3.5. There are no set minimums for the GMAT, but most students admitted have a score above 650; the average GMAT scores of our students is around 700.

International Applicants

International students must also submit an English proficiency test. Check the UF Admissions website for minimum scores and exemptions.

International applicants who took the GRE must also have scored a verbal section score of 140 or higher.

Applicants may be exempted from submitting a language test score if:

  • They are citizens of a country where English is the official language. View a list of such countries.
  • They have official proof of successfully completing the UF English Language Institute (ELI) prior to applying.
  • They have proof of spending at least one year as a full-time student at a college or university in a country where English is the official language. Please note: time spent in ESL (English as a Second Language) programs does not qualify for this exemption. View a list of such countries.

Letters should be written by faculty or persons that can speak to the suitability of the applicant for Ph.D. studies.

Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.

Application Instructions

Complete the online application to the University of Florida Graduate School. As part of that process, you will need to:

  • Write your Academic Statement of Purpose. This essay should convey why you want to pursue a Ph.D. in Management at the University of Florida, and what your career goals are after graduating from the program. Indicate whether you are applying to the organizational behavior or strategic management tracks. Note that the online interface limits your statement to around a single-spaced page in length.
  • Request three letters of recommendation online. Note that requests for recommendation are not sent to your contacts until after you submit the online application. Paper-based recommendations are also accepted and should be mailed to:

    Dr. Amir Erez
    Ph.D. Coordinator
    PO Box 117165
    Gainesville, FL 32611-7165

  • Pay application fee online. The fee is $30.00 (plus $1.75 processing fee) for both U.S. citizens and International applicants. Fee waivers cannot be granted.

Submit official GMAT (preferred) or GRE scores through the respective testing service website. Please also note your scores in your online application. You may upload unofficial score documents, if you have them, but only the official scores submitted to the University of Florida, as noted below will be used for admission.

  • GMAT scores: institution code J7Z-5J-64, “University of Florida – Warrington College of Business – PhD in Management”
  • GRE scores: institution code UF 5812
International Applicants

For International applicants, submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores through the respective testing service website. Send TOEFL scores to institution code 5812.

For purpose of initial review, the Office of Admissions accepts unofficial transcripts. Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts within the academic background section of their application, or if not available at the time of application, through their application status page at a later date.

Applicants who receive an offer of admissions should arrange to have official transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions from each postsecondary institution attended. If you attended UF as your postsecondary institution, you do not have to order a transcript from the Office of the University Registrar.

All academic credentials become property of the university. They will not be returned to you or forwarded to a third party. For diplomas and academic credentials that are only issued once, please send an attested or certified copy of the original.

International students must submit credentials in the original language accompanied by an English translation and degree statement, if applicable.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I hear whether I have been accepted?

We typically make our admissions decisions in February.