PhD minimum admissions requirements

Tippie's PhD programs all share the same minimum requirements as required by the University of Iowa Graduate College. Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited American college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Met or exceeded Graduate College English Proficiency Requirements (international students only).

Admissions requirements by program

Admissions decisions are determined competitively; there are no fixed rules for admissions decisions. Each area of study has specific requirements for its students. See the program overview page for your PhD area of study to learn more.


Application deadline

We offer enrollment for the fall semester only.  To be considered, you must submit your application by January 15.

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Application checklist

Submit the complete Graduate College application before the deadline. The fee is $60 for domestic students, $100 for international students. Payment by credit card required.

Your resume should be in Word or PDF format.

Statement of purpose
Recommended length is 1 to 2 pages.

Three letters of recommendation
The online application includes a feature that will email your recommenders automatically after you enter their contact information. Your recommender will get instructions on uploading the letter.

Academic transcripts
Unofficial copies are sufficient for your application; if admitted, you'll need to submit official transcripts/records to the Office of Admissions.

Test scores
Which test to take depends on which program you're applying to. Accounting requires the GMAT. Economics requires the GRE. The remaining four PhD programs (Finance, Management & Entrepreneurship, Business Analytics, and Marketing) require either the GMAT or the GRE. When you request your scores, use the appropriate institution code. Our GMAT program code is 4RL-2J-92. Our GRE code is 6681.

English proficiency
This applies only to international applicants whose native language is not English. Automatic waivers of the English Proficiency Requirement are granted if you've completed a bachelor's degree (or higher) at an accredited university in the United States. We accept TOEFL and IELTS. The Graduate College minimum score requirements are:

  • TOEFL iBT:  81
  • TOEFL CBT: 550
  • IELTS: 7.0 with no subscore under 6.0*
  • DuoLingo: 105 minimum score*

Successful applicants to our PhD programs have higher English proficiency scores; see the Program Overview page for your area of study.

*All IELTS and DuoLingo test-takers will be required to take the on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation when they arrive.