UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

PhD Program Admissions

PhD Program Admissions

UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a full-time Ph.D. Program. We do not offer a part-time or online program. Our PhD Program is designed for individuals who have a strong commitment to careers in research and teaching. The Program provides an exceptional student experience, combining both professional and personal growth. Admission to Kenan-Flagler’s PhD Program is very competitive and a limited number of students are admitted each year, resulting in a high-quality learning environment that emphasizes rigor and individual attention.
We seek to admit 12-15 students, 2-3 per concentration area, to begin the Ph.D. program in August 2019.


Early Deadline: December 11, 2018
All admitted students receive school-based funding in the form of either Research or Teaching Assistantships. The Graduate School offers a limited number of University-sponsored fellowships to applicants who apply by the early deadline. For individuals who wish to be considered for this type of funding, completed applications must be received in December.

Final Deadline: January 8, 2019
All admitted students receive school-based funding in the form of either Research or Teaching Assistantships. To be considered for fall 2019 admissions, completed applications must be received by the final deadline in January.

Applicant Profile

The program seeks candidates with strengths in:

  • Intellectual development as demonstrated by prior academic or other activity
  • Commitment to a career of scholarship and research
  • Emotional maturity to complete a rigorous program of study
  • Knowledge of elementary calculus and basic computer skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think analytically, independently, creatively, and critically
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • High academic marks and test scores

Previous completion of a master’s degree is not required; however, in some cases, it may allow a student to waive some of the business requirements.

Decision process

  • The Ph.D. committee makes admission decisions. The committee consists of faculty in each area and the associate dean of the Program.
  • Evaluations start as completed applications are received and continue after the January 8 deadline.
  • The committee schedules interviews with students that are seriously considered.
  • The committee makes initial decisions in February and March. The process continues until the class is full.
  • Applicants will be notified by email.