Student Handbook 2021-2022


Doctoral Admission Requirements

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.

In general, an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Possess a master's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher from 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 (

  • 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.

  • Minimum of two years professional work experience is strongly recommended.

  • Provide three professional letters of recommendation.

  • Provide a professional resume or CV.

  • Provide a written letter of intent (approximately 1,500 words- with suitable references as needed) indicating the applicant’s personal strengths and limitations, reasons for selecting the doctoral program, and for choosing Walsh, and the applicant’s chief academic, research, and career interests must be provided.

Individuals for whom English is not their first language must provide proof of English language proficiency. This proof may be in the form of one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of 79-80 internet based, or 550 written

  • MELAB score of 80

  • MTELP score of 80

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (

  • PTE A score of 53

  • Duolingo English test score of 105

  • Successful completion of Level 112 from ELS Language Centers

  • Successful completion of the highest level of ESL accredited program

  • Successful completion of an English Composition course from an accredited U.S. institution

  • Completion of a college degree from an accredited English speaking/teaching institution

An official document of these test scores must be sent to Walsh for consideration in processing the admissions application. The TOEFL & IELTS, PTE A and Duolingo English Test scores are valid for two years; the MTELP/MELAB scores are valid for five years. Transcripts from the degree-granting institution may be accepted as proof of English language proficiency. Walsh retains the right to require reexamination or further English language studies at a qualified institution for any non-native speaker of English. For additional information on international transcript evaluation and admission to Walsh for those individuals pursuing a student visa, please see the section entitled Admission on a Student Visa.

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.

Advanced Standing Credit

Advanced standing credit will be awarded for equivalent doctoral level coursework up to a maximum of 30 semester hours.
• Coursework must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher for advance standing credit consideration.
• A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be completed in residence to meet the doctoral degree requirements.

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 by the end of their first semester in order 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.