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Business Administration (International Business/Marketing) | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Founded in 1910, the John Cook School of Business is the 15th oldest business school in the nation. More than 1,700 students a year pursue degrees at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. The Cook School is accredited by the AACSB - International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting body for world-wide business programs. Sixty full-time faculty support the School's academic efforts with scholarly research and dedicated teaching. Graduate business study in the School is characterized by a tradition of individual attention and concern for each student. Housed in Davis-Shaughnessy and Cook Halls, the business school provides students with two fully-equipped computer labs and modern classrooms within 140,000 sq. ft. of dedicated space.

The Personal Potential Index (PPI) will be required to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Jan. 15 (Priority Deadline*)
Jan. 15 (Final Deadline)
Jan. 15 (International)
Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations; GMAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.3834
Director, Ph.D. Program: Hongxin “John” Zhao, Ph.D.
Intl. Business Dept. Chair: Seung H. Kim, Ph.D.
Marketing Department Chair: James Fisher, Ph.D.


*Priority Deadline: Applicants who submit a completed application for admission by this deadline will be eligible to apply for Saint Louis University graduate assistantships. Please contact a representative from the degree program or the Office of Admission for more information.

Required Application Materials for All Applicants
·         Official Transcript(s)
·         Three (3) letters of recommendation
·         Official Personal Potential Index (PPI) scores
·         Official GMAT scores
·         Resume
·         Professional Goal Statement

The Personal Potential Index (PPI) scores are sent from ETS directly to Saint Louis University. Applicants must register with ETS at, and have their recommenders complete the short PPI battery of questions. Detailed instructions on contacting recommenders and having the scores forwarded to Saint Louis University are available on the ETS website. 

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.  
  • A review of GMAT scores taken within the last 2 years
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

International Business/Marketing Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed by committee of John Cook Business School faculty members

Admission Statistics

  • The doctoral program is a full-time endeavor. Students are admitted once a year in the fall semester and only for full-time study. They are expected to devote their entire effort to the program until they have finished. The maximum time to complete all doctoral degree requirements is five years.

The John Cook School of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB International -- the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business. | Accreditation of the Business School

Credit Hours/Coursework: The program consists of 57 credit-hours of required work and has a research and teaching focus that concentrates on a joint area of study in International Business and Marketing. The curricular objective is the intellectual development of the student through the advancement of research skills as well as the acquisition and application of knowledge. | Credit Hour Requirements

Program Description: Our program has a research focus that concentrates on a joint area of study in international business and marketing. It is designed for academic careers. | Ph.D. Business Program

Career Possibilities: The Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business offers an intensive educational experience that is designed to prepare graduates for academic careers, typically as business school faculty. A primary objective of the program is the training of students in the design and conduct of rigorous research. Theoretical and methodological sophistication are achieved through coursework and through research conducted both with faculty and individually. | Academic Jobs

Curriculum & Program Details: Full-time attendance in residence at the University for a minimum of three (3) calendar years is required of all students. In addition, students are expected to successfully fulfill the duties of a graduate research and teaching assistant, for which tuition remission and a stipend are provided. | Ph.D. Program of Study

About the International Business and Marketing Faculty: Faculty members of the Doctoral Program in the John Cook School of Business are key elements of the education partnership. Their research provides conceptual knowledge for the classroom while their experiences provide a professional perspective. | Ph.D. Program Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Each student accepted into the Ph.D. program is awarded a graduate assistantship which is renewable for a period of four years as long as there is continual and satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Assistantship duties are evenly divided between teaching and research assistants. Funding includes tuition expenses and a stipend. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: A distinguishing feature of the program is the focus on preparation of effective teachers and mentors for the academic profession. Ph.D. students are provided the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses as part of their graduate assistantship and are expected to complete the requirements for a Certificate in University Teaching through the University's Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in academic and professional conferences and to work with faculty to further develop their individual research and teaching skills. | The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning  | Center for Transformative Teaching Certificate in University Teaching Skills

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