Since the Carlson School PhD program in business administration is one of the nation's top-rated doctoral programs, admission is highly competitive, and admission rates are typically less than 10 percent. In addition to assessing the applicant's potential for scholarship, research, and teaching, the program bases admissions decisions on evidence of a commitment to an academic career based on a PhD degree and a demonstrated ability to complete a rigorous program of study.

The Carlson School PhD program admits students once per year in fall. Select fall for your application term.

The application deadline for admission the following fall is December 15.

We do not offer application fee waivers. 

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Admissions stats

Fall 2021 Matriculants

336 Number of applicants
26 Admitted (8%)
16 Matriculated (62%)
690 Average GMAT (total)
325 Average GRE


Program Stats

2021 PhD Business Administration

91 Program size for 2021
5.8 Median years to earn a PhD
106 Number of faculty
39 Female (43%)
53 Male (58%)
74 International (85%)
715 Average GMAT (total)
324 Average GRE