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 general admission is December 15. 

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Admissions stats

Fall 2018 Matriculants

306 Number of applicants
23 Admitted (8%)
15 New students (65%)
26 Average age
722 Average GMAT (total)
325 Average GRE


Program Stats

2018 PhD Business Administration

88 Program size for 2018
5.8 Median years to earn a PhD
102 Number of faculty
34 Females (39%)
54 Males (61%)
66 International (75%)
30 Average Age
714 Average GMAT (total)
324 Average GRE