Application Deadline: The Ph.D. Program will begin accepting applications in the Accounting, Finance and Strategic Management areas in the fall for Fall 2020 admissions. The accounting area faculty would like to maintain an appropriate student-to-faculty ratio to provide the level of mentoring needed for the ultimate success of our PhD students. Currently, the accounting area faculty believes that the student-to-faculty ratio is at a level that does not necessarily warrant recruiting additional PhD students for Fall 2020 matriculation. However, the accounting area faculty may consider applications from exceptional candidates with appropriate fit with faculty research. Applications will not be accepted in Marketing or Organizational Behavior area at this time.

Online Application: Using the online application, you will create a user account for the creation and submission of your application, and from which you may check the status of your submitted application and receipt of your supplemental documentation.

Application Requirements: To be considered for admission, the following documents must be received no later than the posted application deadline: 

  • Completed online Jones Graduate School Ph.D. application including a Personal Statement Essay and CV/RĂ©sumĂ©.
  • Three confidential evaluations. Evaluations may be submitted using the online application recommendation feature, or mailed separately in an envelope sealed and signed across the seal by the evaluator.
  • Official transcript(s) are required from all undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended. For reviewing purposes, electronic copies of transcript(s) can be uploaded through the online application system to meet the application requirements. If you are offered admission to Rice, official paper or electronic transcript(s) will be required and should be sent directly to the Rice Jones Graduate School of Business by the issuing institution.
  • Your official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score report, or GRE test score report submitted direclty to us (test taker copy not acceptable).
  • To send your official GMAT score report, log on to, click “The GMAT” then “GMAT Scores and Score Reports”. The “Rice University Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business – PhD Program” code is 3WS-WD-54.
  • To send your official GRE score report, log on to, under “Tests” click “GRE”. Under “Test Takers” click “Order Additional Score Reports”. The “Rice U Mgmt PhD Program” code is 6618.

If you did not earn your undergraduate degree in the U.S., English-speaking Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, an official score report of your TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) taken within 2 years of your application date is required (test-taker copy not acceptable).  This requirement is waived for international applicants who have received a Master's degree or a Doctorate from an institution within the U.S., English-speaking Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom by the application deadline.

  • To send your official TOEFL score report, log on to, under “Tests” click “TOEFL” and then “Test Scores.” The “Rice University-Management PhD Program” code is 6618. 

A non-refundable application fee of $40 payable via credit card or check. Please make checks payable to Rice University. Applications will not be processed without the required application fee.

Please note that applicants may not apply for, or be considered for, more than one program at a time within the Jones Graduate School.

Minimum GMAT/GRE Score Requirements: While our program is highly competitive, we do not have a minimum GMAT/GRE score requirement.

Supplemental Application Materials: While most of your application materials will be submitted electronically via our online application, materials that must be mailed should be addressed to:

Melinda Pena
PhD Admissions / MS 531 
Rice University 
Jones Graduate School of Business 
6100 Main Street 
Houston, TX 77005 

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