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Admissions Criteria

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are located in Iran or mainland China and you cannot take the in-person GRE or GMAT due to testing policies in your country, then please contact our program office at [email protected] to inquire about alternative options available to you. For applicants not located in mainland China or Iran: we are accepting the GRE at-home test and/or GMAT online exam.
If TOEFL testing is not available in your country, then please contact us to inquire about options available to you.

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)
  • Academic and other references
  • Relevant nonacademic experience
  • Statement of academic objectives

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)