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How to apply to the Ph.D. program in management sciences.

Application Process for Management Sciences

Applications are accepted only for the fall semester and are due by January 15. The department does not offer deferred admission; an admitted student who does not matriculate in the academic year following admission must reapply for the following fall semester if they wish to be considered.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Students seeking admission to the Ph.D. program in Management Sciences are subject to the both the minimum standards set by the Graduate College and specific departmental standards. The basic requirements include:

    • an undergraduate degree, or equivalent
    • a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • completion of either the GRE or the GMAT
    • if applicable, a competitive TOEFL score is required (approximately 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test)

    The admissions process is extremely competitive. Therefore, while there is no specific minimum for GRE/GMAT scores, successful candidates will typically have very strong quantitative and analytical scores. Similarly, preference is given to applicants with a strong GPA, prior graduate work, and research experience in a relevant field. Applications are further evaluated based on the student's statement of purpose and reference letters.

  • Financial Assistance

    Several forms of financial support are available through the Management Sciences Department and the Graduate College. These include graduate assistantships (both teaching and research assistantships), scholarships, and University of Iowa Presidential Graduate Fellowships. See the Graduate Student Handbook for details.

    In general, every student admitted to the department will be guaranteed four years of employment at the standard 50%-time support level, subject to qualification as a teaching assistant.

    Support beyond the four-year period is subject to the student's progress toward the PhD degree.