Organizations and Social Change track
PhD in Business Administration

Applicants to the doctoral program should have a broad interest in the role of organizations and the business-society interface. Applicants are welcome with backgrounds in liberal arts disciplines, such as sociology and political science, but will need to study the foundational elements of business. Most applicants will hold a master’s degree, but exceptional students with only a first degree will be considered.  The program is selective and will admit approximately six to eight students each year.

When applying, please submit all materials to:

The Office of Graduate Admissions
The University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

*Submitting materials elsewhere will delay your application*

Applicants must submit the following materials:

1 On-line Application We only admit students in the Fall semester. You must select “Full Time” for Academic Load (we do not currently have a Part Time option). Under Intended Major, select “Business Administration: Organizations and Social Change (PhD)” Office of Graduate Admissions Only
2 Transcripts Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended, undergraduate and graduate. Only students who possess at least a four-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college university can be considered for admission. Office of Graduate Admissions Only
3 Three Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who can assess your academic performance, your preparedness for rigorous theory and methods courses, and your capability to conduct original research.

Office of Graduate Admissions Only
4 Test Scores: GMAT or GRE Official GMAT or GRE scores. Office of Graduate Admissions Only
5 Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae Please list your educational background on page one with degree(s) earned, name of school(s), major(s) and overall GPA(s). Please submit to both:
6 Required Application Essay #1 Topic: Why do you want to pursue a PhD in Business Administration, in the Organizations and Social Change track? You might include strengths you will bring to this program of study, where you see your future career, aspects of your background and experiences that prepare you for this program, and how specifically our PhD program is appropriate for you. Specifications: 750 words each, (12 point font normal margins. Please include your name at the top of each page.) Please submit to both:
7 Required Application Essay #2 Topic: Select a topic that interests you. Indicate why you find the topic compelling, what questions or puzzles it raises, why you might like to research this topic, and how you might go about investigating this topic. Through this essay, you are not committing in any way to what topic you will eventually study in the PhD program. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to show us your “habits of mind” and how you approach an issue in a systematic and original way. (Specifications: 750 words each, 12 point font normal margins. Please include your name at the top of each page.) Please submit to both:

International  Applicants Only

Test Scores: TOEFL or IELTS

International applicants are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS). Office of Graduate Admissions Only
9 International  Applicants Only In addition to the TOEFL or IELTS scores requested above, international applicants are required to submit additional documentation, the details of which can be found at the International Graduate Admissions website. Office of Graduate Admissions Only

If you need additional information or have any questions, please contact or call the Graduate Programs Office at 617 287 7720.

Once applications have been reviewed, the program’s PhD Admissions Committee will schedule interviews with all finalists (typically in early to mid-March). Interviews are considered an important part of the application process. They may take place via telecommunications or on campus.

Admission decisions are scheduled to be announced by April 1st.