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Admissions Criteria

Each year, from an application pool of approximately 500, the Michael G. Foster School of Business PhD Program admits a class of approximately 15 highly qualified PhD students. In ranking applicants, we give primary consideration to academic potential and aspiration. Each applicant is evaluated in terms of the following:

  • Academic accomplishments to date, as evidenced by graduate and undergraduate grades and courses taken
  • Institutions attended
  • Scholarships, awards, and honors earned
  • Graduate Management Admission test (GMAT) scores, or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • TOEFL iBT scores (if applicable)
  • IELTS scores (if applicable)
  • Academic and other references
  • Relevant nonacademic experience
  • Statement of academic objectives and past or future experiences/contributions that will advance the Foster School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

For help or clarification on how your statement of purpose should/can comment on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please refer to our DEI Primer. Admission decisions are also influenced by the availability of faculty, the number of students already in the program, and the availability of financial support in each major area of specialization.

Application Process
Application Checklist
Financial Aid
Online Application (via the Graduate School)