Congratulations on your admittance to the Robinson College of Business Ph.D. program at Georgia State University. Welcome to Robinson!
The majority of our students begin each fall, but a few students start in other terms. If a term is not specified, the information is the same regardless of your start term.
Submit Official and Final Transcripts
If you submitted copies of transcripts and/or degree certificates during the application process, please provide an official copy as soon as possible but no later than May 2 to Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs. If you have completed a degree since applying to Georgia State, please be sure to provide a final official copy of your transcript (including degree statement) as soon as possible after the degree has been received.
Submit Official Test Scores
Please be sure you have requested your official test scores submitted by ETS or GMAC. Official scores must be received by May 2.
Submit Lawful Presence Verification
Citizenship Verification (Only required for U.S. citizens or naturalized or permanent residents)
Georgia State University has been required by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to verify the citizenship status for all newly admitted students. Scanned copies are fine unless otherwise noted. This is required prior to registration. Please provide one of the following. Unless noted, the document can be scanned and sent by email.
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
- U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad
- Current U.S. Passport
- Current Georgia Driver’s License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008
- Current Georgia ID Card issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008
- Permanent Resident Card
- Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (must be submitted in person)
- Military ID (must be verified in person)
Submit immunization records to the Immunization Office at 141 Piedmont Ave., Ste. D, no later than May 2 for a summer start and July 1 for a fall start.
Activate Your Campus ID
You will use your campus ID to register for classes and to access most services available at Georgia State.
- Locate your Campus ID
- Activate your Campus ID
- Access your student email account
- Visit the Technology Services page
Visit Georgia State Housing for more information about Georgia State’s on-campus housing options. Many of our students live in neighborhoods including Buckhead, Brookhaven, Ansley Park, Atlantic Station, Downtown, Druid Hills, the City of Decatur, Emory, Sandy Springs, the Highlands and some portions of Grant Park, East Atlanta, and Inman Park. Feel free to communicate with our students on the student inquiry list. You will find that they are a great resource, particularly regarding housing. Some students rent apartments while students with families sometimes decide to rent a home. Typically, students find housing near a MARTA (Atlanta’s public transportation) rail line. Some students have used Atlanta Intown Real Estate Services to locate rental homes near the city center.
Visit Auxiliary Services
Meet with Your Adviser
Contact your departmental faculty adviser to discuss your program of study and the courses you should take this summer or fall. This should be done prior to registration.
Remove Student Holds and Register for Classes
- Your campus ID is required for registration.
- Review the Registration Guide for assistance.
- Access PAWS.
Under the One Stop Shop tab update your address to a U.S. local address in Atlanta if one is available.
- How to remove holds:
- To remove the registration agreement hold, read and click submit that you understand the agreement.
- To remove the emergency contact hold, provide at least two (you can use yourself) emergency contacts.
- Access PAWS and under the One Stop Shop tab in the registration menu, select the option to look up courses to add.
- Please visit the registration calendar to find out registration and payment dates.
- Please visit the Student Financials page for fees and health insurance costs.
- Please use the Course Schedule or PAWS to access the computer numbers (CRNs) that you will use to register for your courses.
Attend Ph.D. Orientation
Ph.D. orientation is scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2020 and Friday, August 21, 2020. Both days are mandatory.
Please let Adenike Brewington in the Ph.D. program office know when you have obtained your visa. If you are an international student, you should review the International Student Handbook. You also should obtain a social security number. You will receive a social security letter for International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) during international student orientation. Please take this letter to the Social Security Administration to apply for a social security number. If you do not receive a letter during orientation, please contact ISSS to apply for the official social security documentation letter. Please remember, ISSS orientation is mandatory. Please visit the ISSS website for orientation dates. Ph.D. students attending the ISSS orientation should not attend the Robinson advisement session during ISSS orientation. This is only for master’s-level students. Instead, your Ph.D. faculty adviser should advise you. In addition, Ph.D. students who were required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score as part of the application process also are required to take the GSTEP. ISSS will provide you with testing information.
Fees and Health Insurance
Fees and health insurance should be paid according to the semester calendar. If you are receiving an assistantship, you are required to have the United Healthcare Insurance or comparable coverage. After you register for classes, you will see the charge for the health insurance premium on your student account. You can visit the student health insurance page for more information. You also can use this site to print an insurance card. If you are interested in automatic payroll deduction, please visit the Graduate Assistant Payroll Deduction web page for details.
Open a U.S. Bank Account
If you do not already have a U.S. bank account, please open one as soon as possible. Stipend funds will be sent via direct deposit. All payment dates are usually at the end of the month. Summer payment dates are usually in June and July. Fall payment dates are usually in September, October, November and December. Spring payment dates are usually in January, February, March, and April. The Payroll Office can provide the exact payment dates.
Meet with your academic department’s business manager to get:
- Authorization to get keys to your office.
- Authorization for office computer access.
- Graduate Research/Teaching Assistantship (GRA/GTA) hiring paperwork. Take the completed paperwork to the Payroll Office (1 Park Place, third floor). Bring proper identification (passport, driver’s license etc.).
Ph.D. students have the option to take classes at other institutions. Please visit the Cross Registration page for details and a list of participating institutions.
Robinson requires continuous full-time enrollment in the Ph.D. program each fall and spring. Usually, students only enroll for summer if receiving a summer assistantship (research/teaching) or if their faculty adviser requires them to take a course. The university requires that all graduate students be enrolled for six semester hours within three terms of graduation. In addition, students also must be enrolled for at least one semester hour (BA 9500) the semester they defend their dissertation and complete the requirements for graduation.
If you have an assistantship, you will be registered for either BA 8510 or BA 9510 each semester. BA 8510 designates a research assistantship and BA 9510 designates a teaching assistantship. You will receive a grade of S (satisfactory), unless otherwise indicated by your faculty adviser. These are not courses you will attend.Research CourseAll students receiving an assistantship must be registered for 25 hours each semester. Once you complete your registration, the Ph.D. program coordinator will add the required amount of research hours to be sure you have 25 hours to maintain your assistantship. You will receive a grade of S (satisfactory) for BA 9000, unless otherwise indicated by your faculty adviser. This is not a course you will attend.
All students will register for BA 9500 for each semester after the proposal is successfully defended. You will receive a grade of S (satisfactory), unless otherwise indicated by your faculty adviser. This is not a course you will attend.
Online Student Handbook
The Online Student Handbook on this website will provide you with the Ph.D. program’s policies and procedures. To access the Online Student Handbook, click the desired section in the dropdown menu between “How to Apply” and “Contact Us.”
- program of study
- quantitative and economic foundations
- academic deficiencies
- selecting a dissertation topic and chair
- writing the dissertation
- responsible conduct in research
- graduate assistantships
- temporary instructorships
- preparation for the comprehensive (preliminary) or field exam
- preparing for graduation
- final steps after the final oral and graduation clearance
- time limits for the degree
- the placement process
- travel and conference registration forms
- dissertation forms
Georgia State’s Graduate Catalog states the Ph.D. academic regulations that you must follow. You have entered the program during the summer or fall 2020 semester. Students who start the program in summer 2020 will follow the regulations of the 2019-2020 catalog. Students who start the program in fall 2020 will follow the regulations in the 2020-2021 catalog. Please visit the online catalog for details. Sometimes new college or university policies will supersede the catalog edition under which you entered. In these cases, you will be notified of policy changes.
Code of Conduct
Familiarize yourself with the university’s Code of Conduct.