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 2022 Matriculants

280 Number of applicants
30 Admitted (10%)
14 Matriculated (47%)
687 Average GMAT (total)
322 Average GRE


Program Stats

2022 PhD Business Administration

88 Program size for 2022
6.05 Median years to earn a PhD
119 Number of faculty
38 Female (43%)
50 Male (57%)
74 International (84%)
713 Average GMAT (total)
324 Average GRE