Frequently Asked Questions
PhD Program Questions
1. How long does the program take?
The program is a full-time (40+ hours per week), on-campus program designed to last four years.
2. Can it be pursued online? If in person, on which campus?
There is no online version. The degree must be completed in person on the Waco campus.
3. What is the objective of the program?
The PhD program prepares students for careers as entrepreneurship researchers, teachers, analysts, policymakers, and other scholarly positions. It is not a practitioner degree. Specifically, we equip students with the skills to conduct rigorous research that meaningfully advances the discipline, eventually launching high-impact careers as faculty members at leading research-oriented universities or in equivalent academic, industry, or policy positions.
4. Do you have a track for those wanting to be consultants? Or those wanting to improve their skills as practicing entrepreneurs?
No. The program is designed to train future research and teaching faculty for placement at universities comparable to Baylor, or at research or policy organizations with similar objectives.
5. How many students will you admit?
We are currently admitting 2-3 students to begin in the fall of each even-numbered year.
6. What is an acceptable GMAT or GRE test score?
Test scores are only one metric we use in the admission process. As a general rule the scores should be in the 75th percentile or above.
7. What type of person is typically successful in a PhD program?
We seek people who are intellectually curious, have a strong work ethic, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and are eager to devote four years to rigorous training.
8. Baylor is a Christian University, how does this manifest in the PhD program?
Admitted students must be committed to reaffirming and strengthening Baylor's distinctive Christian mission.