Applicant Profile

Each year, the PhD program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business receives hundreds of applications from qualified individuals for the limited number of spots available in our program. Our goal is to enroll 1-3 students per area of specialization each fall. Our students bring to the program a variety of experiences and interests from countries around the world.

Our training focuses on developing students to produce quality research and obtain placement as tenure-track faculty at very high research-active universities. Because research requires strong analytical skills, individuals holding the equivalent of a bachelor's degree and two semesters of quantitative coursework at the college level (i.e., mathematics, statistics, economics, etc.) are eligible to apply for admission to the PhD program. Our admission selection committees look for complete and competitive applicants as well as the ability to conduct, analyze, write and present research. The profile of a competitive applicant is as follows:

  • GPA – overall undergraduate GPA 3.4 or higher and overall graduate GPA 3.8 or higher. (University of Maryland Graduate School states that the overall GPA for either level of education should not be lower than 3.0)
  • Test scores
    • GMAT test scores = 700 or higher.
    • GRE test scores = 320± Total, 160± for Verbal and 160± for quantitative, scoring in the 96 percentile for analytical writing.
  • Letters of recommendation (preferably from academic sources) should be from individuals that are reputable in their field and can attest to your ability and skills to conduct research.
  • Statement of goals and research interests should not be longer than 3 pages and clearly display your goals and research interests. This statement is specific to the program/area of specialization to which you are applying to and demonstrates your knowledge of the current research and expertise of our faculty and students.

Evidence of English proficiency is required for international applicants. Please review the requirements set by the University of Maryland Graduate School.

The application deadline is December 22!

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