Preparation for the PhD Program

Although there are no required courses to begin a doctoral program, it is highly recommended that applicants have a strong background in quantitative methods. Depending on your individual field of study, it may also be beneficial to have a good understanding of the basic principles of your chosen field; for example, psychology or sociology, if you are pursuing graduate work in organizational behavior; or substantial background in economics and mathematics if applying to Economic Analysis and Policy.

A significant number of the PhD student body have joined the Program from abroad, and a variety of personal and professional backgrounds is represented. These backgrounds range from individuals with substantial experience in management and/or industry to those newly graduated from undergraduate programs such as economics, mathematics, or psychology. Prerequisites for admission into specific fields are detailed in the individual field descriptions.

A profile of the recent entering class is given below.

Profile for students entering in Academic Year 2011-2012

Total number of applications

700

Number enrolling

30

Men/Women

23/7

International

37%

Number of countries represented

11

Advanced degrees

33%

Undergraduate and Graduate Majors

Accounting

International Economics

Behavior Science

Law

Business Administration

Management

Chemical Engineering

Management Science

Civil Engineering

Mathematics

Communication

Neuroscience

Computer Science

Philosophy

Economics

Physics

Electrical Engineering

Political Science

Finance

Psychology

Human Biology

Statistics