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What We Look For

Each admission decision is based on a comprehensive evaluation of an applicant.

In addition to expecting rigorous academic preparation, the faculty places significant value on an applicant’s qualitative characteristics, such as creativity, imagination, perseverance, ability to provide deep insights and criticism, and (usually) a predisposition toward being independently motivated. They also seek a good fit between the applicant’s research interests and the faculty’s.

Academic Preparation

Applicants who have at least a bachelor’s or comparable academic degree will be considered for admission. 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, a knowledge of psychology or sociology if you are pursuing graduate work in organizational behavior, or a substantial background in economics and mathematics if you are applying to study economic analysis and policy.

Previous Experience

Prior exposure to research, preferably academic work, is a plus. However, work experience is not required to gain admission into our program.

Varied Backgrounds

The PhD student community includes individuals who come from a variety of personal and professional backgrounds. They range from individuals with experience in management and/or industry to those newly graduated from undergraduate programs such as economics, mathematics, or psychology.

Suggested preparation and qualifications for admission into specific fields are detailed in the individual field descriptions.

Class Diversity

While admission to the PhD Program is based primarily upon superior academic achievement and potential to contribute to management research and education, the admissions committee also regards the diversity of an entering class as important to the school’s educational mission.

The following factors may contribute to the diversity of the entering class:

  • Background
  • Life and work experiences
  • Advanced studies
  • Extracurricular or community activities
  • Culture, race, or ethnicity
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Sexual orientation