Application and Admission

A competitive applicant will demonstrate - through an application, personal statement and interview(s) - a strong commitment to devoting four years to rigorous training and academic research, effective communication skills, proficiency in speaking and writing English, and the intellectual curiosity and personal discipline necessary to excel in an academic career.

Materials & Admission Requirements:

  • Completed application form, includes: transcripts, three recommendation letters and personal statement.

  • GMAT (preferred) is required, but GRE is also acceptable.

  • TOEFL official score report is required for students whose native language is not English. The TOEFL iBT minimum score requirement is 100

  • A graduate degree (master-level) is preferred, but not required.

Areas admitting for fall 2018: All

Note: If you apply to an area that's not planning to admit, your application may not be reviewed. 

Application Deadline: January 15 (applications will be accepted after December 1).

Admission Decision Date: April 1 (or earlier).

Learn More: You are welcomed and encouraged to proactively contact our faculty in your area of interest before and after you apply (Faculty Directory: Accounting / MIS, EntrepreneurshipFinance / Statistics, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management). This could help you better identify the specific specialization areas of most interest to you as well as individual faculty researchers with whom you are more likely to work.

Apply Online Now: We look forward to receiving your application.

Note: Applications to the Whitman PhD program (and all other units) are handled centrally by the Graduate School at Syracuse University. As such, the application forms are not unique to Whitman. Your application forms, therefore, must specify clearly the area to which you are applying within Whitman.