PhD Admissions

Admission Standards

Our application for fall 2023 will open Sept. 1, 2022.

Prior Academic Accomplishments

The faculty will examine your prior academic work, paying particular attention to the specific courses you have completed. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all undergraduate course work and a minimum 3.3 average for any graduate-level coursework. The faculty generally expect applicants to demonstrate a substantially higher level of accomplishment than these minimum requirements. A master’s degree is not required.


Photocopies of your academic work can be sent in or scanned and uploaded via the online admissions portal.

If you are offered admission to the program, you will be required to submit official paper or electronic copies.

For admitted International students, transcripts coming from a foreign language institution will need to be submitted to a transcript evaluation service. The preferred choices for the evaluators are the World Education Service or the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).

Standardized Test Scores (GMAT/GRE)

You are required to submit either GMAT or GRE scores. Unofficial scores will be accepted until a student is admitted. Please note than scores older than five years are not accepted.

  • The GMAC code for the PhD program is: 6GJ-QT-99
  • The ETS code (GRE) for the PhD program is: 2194

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

If your native language is not English and you have not received a degree from a U.S. university, you must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Duolingo English Test.

  • The ETS institution code for the TOEFL is 2194.

Personal Statement/Essay

Each applicant must submit a personal statement explaining the educational and personal experiences that have influenced your decision to pursue a PhD, as well as future career plans and goals. Faculty members are especially interested in learning about an applicant’s research experience and future research interests.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation must be submitted in support of the application via the Online Application Portal. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek recommendations from academics or other professionals who can assess your likelihood of success in a research-oriented PhD program.

Letters of Recommendation should not be sent directly to the university.