What does the doctoral admission committee look for?

Very few students are admitted to the Doctoral Program. The admissions process is designed to identify those applicants who are most likely to succeed in their studies and their careers and for whom there is a good match between their interests and those of the faculty. Decisions are not based on one single indicator. An admission decision will include the following criteria:

  • Prior academic performance, including grades and the quality of the schools attended
  • Relevant course work completed
  • Work experience (professional, internships or volunteer), especially in regards to research
  • Personal statement
  • Recommendations
  • Standardized test scores (GRE or GMAT scores are required for all Doctoral Program applicants)
  • Personal interview, if requested by the Admissions Committee
  • TOEFL and TWE scores for all international applicants

In addition, applicants are encouraged to submit any documentation that they feel will allow the Admissions Committee to understand better their record of accomplishments and leadership capabilities. Applicants should not feel constrained by the information requested in the application packet.