Doctoral Degree Admission Requirements

An admission application is required for consideration for admission to a Walsh College doctoral degree program. Admitted students may first enroll in any semester of fall, winter, or spring.

  • Applicants must submit their application along with required materials for evaluation minimally one week in advance of their intended first semester.

  • Applicants seeking admission on a F-1 Student Visa must submit their application and required materials at least eight weeks prior to the first date of the semester.


To facilitate the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to submit student or unofficial copies of transcripts.

  • An individual may be admitted on a contingent basis upon review of unofficial transcripts. A student’s admissions status will remain contingent until receipt of final official transcripts and fulfillment of minimum admissions grade point average requirements.


Full admission to Walsh College will be granted only upon receipt of official transcripts and required documentation used to determine admission.

  • Final, official transcripts must be received prior to the second semester of enrollment. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request that official transcripts be sent directly to Walsh College.

  • Transcripts emailed from, forwarded, mailed, or hand-delivered by the student are not considered official.
  • Indebtedness or transcript holds at another institution may prevent processing of the admissions application and/or registration.
  • For information on international transcript evaluation and admission to Walsh College for those individuals pursuing an F-1 Student Visa, please see the section entitled International Student Information in this academic catalog.


Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and based on a candidate’s entire portfolio of both academic and professional experience. The attainment of a specific set of minimum qualifications does not assure admission. For consideration for admission to a Walsh College doctoral program, an applicant must:

  • Possess a master's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) ( and U.S. Department of Education (USDE).  Credits completed outside of the United States must be evaluated by an agency that is a member of NACES (

  • Have completed a business degree at the bachelor’s or master’s level from a regional accrediting organization. Applicants who have not successfully completed a business degree will be required to complete MGT 502, Foundations for Business Success, in their first semester with a grade of “B” (3.000) or higher.

  • Have a minimum of two years professional work experience.

  • Provide a professional resume or CV.

  • Provide a written letter of intent in business prose, indicating reasons for selecting the DBA program at Walsh College, expectations for the program, and the applicant's intended area of academic interest and research.

  • Applicants whose education was completed outside of the United States must demonstrate proof of English Language Proficiency. See International Student Information in this academic catalog or visit for acceptable forms of proof of English Language proficiency. An official document of these test scores must be sent to Walsh College for consideration in processing the admissions application. The Duolingo English Test, PTE A, TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years; the MTELP and MELAB scores are valid for five years.

Candidate Evaluation

The purpose of the candidate evaluation is to determine a student’s ability to pursue and successfully complete the doctoral program. The review process will evaluate the entire candidate portfolio holistically rather than place specific limits or requirements on individual elements.

After completion of the candidate evaluation, the Doctoral Program Committee will make the determination whether a candidate is accepted into the Program. The decision will be recorded and communicated to the applicant in writing.

Provisional Admission

Under certain conditions, and only with the approval of the Director, Doctoral Program, a doctoral candidate may be given provisional admission status. The student must fulfill the requisite requirement specified by the Director, Doctoral Program for the provisional status to be removed. Failure to satisfy the conditions of the provisional admission status will prohibit the student from enrolling in any further doctoral level courses until the provisional requirements have been met.

Admission Standards

Walsh College reserves the right to accept or reject any application for admission. Consideration for admission is based on potential for success. Walsh’s offer of acceptance is contingent upon the student’s compliance with appropriate standards of conduct and continued academic performance consistent with the student’s performance to date. In addition, if Walsh College learns of relevant omissions or misrepresentations in the application process, an applicant’s admission may be revoked.

Appeals Process for Conduct-Based Denial or Revocation of Admission

Applicants who are not granted admission to Walsh College due to inappropriate conduct or whose admission is subsequently revoked due to inappropriate conduct may submit an admission appeal request. This request must include a personal statement from the student providing a compelling explanation for the inappropriate conduct and any relevant supporting materials. Admission appeal requests will be reviewed by Walsh’s Enrollment Appeal Committee.

The applicant submitting an admission appeal request is required to initiate the appeal process in writing within (10) calendar days of the notification from Walsh College (as indicated by the date of the written notification from Walsh College) in order to receive consideration. Unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances, if the applicant fails to follow the appeal process within ten (10) calendar days of notification from Walsh College, the applicant will forfeit the right to appeal, which will result in Walsh College sending written notification of administrative deletion of class registration and revocation of admission for future semesters. Please contact for additional information.