Application & Program Requirements

Application Requirements

The Fox School requires applicants to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GMAT score is heavily preferred, but GRE scores may also be considered. Applicants for the Statistics PhD program will be required to submit a GRE score. Foreign students must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)exam.  If you have an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree (or are in the process of earning either degree) from a U.S. institution, then you do NOT need to submit a TOEFL score.  The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam will also be accepted, requiring a score of 7.0.

The ideal applicant should have:

  • 90th percentile or above on the GMAT
  • 90th Percentile or above on the GRE
  • 100 or above on the TOEFL-IBT for International Students

NOTE: GMAT scores are only valid for five years following the administration of the exam and TOEFL scores are only valid for two years following administration of the exam.

Over the past several years the average student accepted into a Fox PhD program has scored 720 on the GMAT, 1300 on the GRE, and/or has had a GPA of 3.7 in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Applicants generally hold a master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Students who do not hold an advanced degree in an appropriate business discipline may be required to take additional coursework.  Students must also have a working knowledge of calculus for admission into the program. Students should be comfortable with functions, calculating and understanding derivatives, and optimization. At a minimum, students should be familiar with the mathematics entailed in a good intermediate microeconomics textbook (e.g. the mathematical appendices of Varian’s “Intermediate Microeconomics”).

Tests scores and grades at or above the average do not guarantee admission. The Fox School does not offer Conditional Admissions or evaluate candidates based on self-reported data via email. Each candidate’s ability and potential are assessed by the faculty in the area of specialization and by the Admissions Committee. Although the applicant’s academic record and test scores are important factors in the admissions process, other factors, such as the ability to conduct research as demonstrated by academic research publications and whether your indicated research interests match with those of our faculty, are also taken into consideration.

After initial review of your credentials a personal interview may be requested. Telephone interviews are acceptable and will be arranged by the appropriate department coordinator. A visit to campus is the responsibility of the applicant. To arrange for a campus visit, please send an email to your intended concentration advisor.

Program Requirements

Students entering the program are expected to come with a thorough understanding of the undergraduate calculus sequence and linear (matrix) algebra. Students are required to complete two and a half years of course work, pass a preliminary exam in statistics/econometrics, complete and present two research papers in the departmental workshop, pass a comprehensive exam, and complete a dissertation. Starting from their third year, students are expected to teach one course per semester. Although there is no formal coursework during the summer, students are expected to work on their research papers and stay in residence during the summer. The expected time for completion for a student showing good progress is five years.


The PhD program requires a 3-week foundation mathematics course in August before the first semester of Year 1 for incoming PhD students. This required course aims to prepare students for their subsequent methodology courses.
The curriculum includes:

  • One (1) Concentration pro-seminar (3 credits)
  • Three (3) Concentration courses (9 credits)
  • Ten (10) – Theory and Research Methods courses (30 credits)
  • Two (2) – Elective courses (6 credits)
  • Three (3) – Doctoral Examinations (6 credits)
  • Preliminary Exam Prep – BA 9994 (1 credit)
  • Dissertation Proposal – BA 9998 (1 credit)
  • Dissertation – BA 9999 (2 credits minimum)