Admission decisions are made by the Ph.D. program committee after considering applicant background, GMAT scores (660 minimum) or GRE scores (1200 minimum), grade point averages (GPAs), letters of reference, fulfillment of prerequisites and an on-campus interview. The GMAT is preferred, but students may choose to take either the GMAT or the GRE. All international students are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (600 minimum) and a Test of Spoken English (TSE) score (230 minimum).
During the third year, students are expected to commence work on the dissertation. Students are transferred from the program committee to a dissertation committee and formally begin work on their thesis defense.
Writing a dissertation is the final test of research skill. It requires an understanding of relevant literature and methodology, and the ability to think independently. Ph.D. candidates must find an original topic, plan a test of hypotheses, and write and defend at a final oral examination a document acceptable to the dissertation committee and to the Graduate School.
Deadlines for application to Manderson may vary. Early application increases the probability of a fellowship or scholarship. The following provides an approximate timetable of Graduate School application dates:
Domestic students: The application must be filed on or before May 1 of the year of admission.
International students living in the U.S.: The application must be completed at least 60 days before registration for the year of admission.
International students living outside the U.S.: The application must be completed at least 90 days before registration for the year of admission.
Two Statistics electives and five minor electives are also required.