PhD Programs Frequently Asked Questions

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Program Overview
  • What is the duration of the program?
  • On average, most students finish within four to five years.

  • If I have an MBA or master’s degree, will it help shorten the program?
  • Maybe. Depending on the concentration area, prior coursework at the graduate level may reduce your time to degree.

  • Do you offer a distance learning Ph.D. program?
  • No. Ph.D. level courses are generally scheduled during the week and are not offered on-line.

  • Do you offer a part-time program?
  • Some areas in Management Science offer a part-time program.

  • How many doctoral students do you admit in your program every year?
  • We admit approximately 18 to 20 students in the program every year. We have about 100 students in residence.

  • Is work experience required?
  • Work experience is not required to gain admission into our program.

  • I’m a senior in college. Can I apply?
  • Yes. Applicants who have at least a bachelor’s degree will be considered for admission.

  • Does the program offer financial aid or a scholarship?
  • Yes. The Ph.D. Program provides a Graduate Student Scholarship to qualified doctoral students and generally guarantees four years of support based on satisfactory academic performance. Students making satisfactory progress normally receive a full tuition & fee waiver and a stipend in the form of a scholarship or a teaching assistantship.

Admission Requirements/Procedures
  • What is the timeline for applications?
  • The PhD Program admits only once a year, for the fall semester.

  • When are applications available?
  • The online application opens up each year in the month of November, for the following years’ entry.

  • When is the deadline?
  • The Ph.D. Program’s priority application deadline is January 15th for scholarship and assistantship consideration. The official UT Dallas application deadline for fall admission is May 1st for international applicants and July 1st for U.S. residents.

  • When are admission decisions made?
  • Admission decisions are made available online by April of each year.

  • What if my transcript is not in English?
  • You must submit both original (native) and official English translations. All translations must be literal and complete versions of the original record.

  • Do I need the MBA or other graduate degree?
  • No. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, representing a four-year course of study from an accredited college or university, is required for admission. Although not required, some applicants have earned a master’s degree in fields such as economics, engineering, mathematics, psychology, sociology, and statistics.

  • Must I send all supporting transcripts together to UT-Dallas, or can I send transcripts separately?
  • We prefer that you send all transcripts together. If you are sending materials separately, it is your responsibility to ensure that all the materials are available to the admission committee by the deadline.

  • If I am denied admission, may I receive feedback on my candidacy?
  • We recognize that you devote a great deal of time and effort to your application and wish to discuss it with a member of our Admissions Committee or faculty member. Regrettably, we are unable to provide individualized feedback to any applicant.

  • Which tests are required for admission?
  • All applicants are required to take either the GMAT or GRE. We also require an English proficiency test of all applicants whose native language is not English and have been educated outside of the United States.

  • I’d like to take the GMAT or GRE exam. How do I contact the testing centers?
  • The information is available at the following websites:


  • Can I waive the GMAT or GRE test if I already have a Master’s or Ph.D. degree?
  • No. All applicants must submit the required tests. Having a master’s or PhD degree does not waive the test requirement. Standardized test requirements are never waived.

  • Do I need to take the TOEFL or other English proficiency test?
  • If your native language is not English and you have been educated outside of the United States, you must submit an acceptable Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination score, an International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a Pearson Test of English Academic score (PTE). Educational Testing Services (ETS) administers the TOEFL. The English proficiency requirement should be met at the time the admission application is submitted; otherwise your application will not make it through the review process.

  • When should I take the test(s)?
  • For GMAT and GRE, tests must be taken within 5 years of the date of application. An English proficiency test should be met at the time the admission application is submitted. Most English proficiency tests expire two years after the date of test.

  • What are the average GMAT & GRE test scores of successful applicants?
    • The average total GMAT score for successful applicants was about 714 last year. The scores ranged between 640 and 770.
    • The average total GRE score (verbal and quant.) for successful applicants was about 1340 last year. The scores ranged between 1170 and 1510.

    Successful applicants are expected to have high quantitative scores, usually in the 95 percentile range.

  • What are the minimum English proficiency test scores?
  • Official test scores must be sent to the UT-Dallas Enrollment Services Office.

    • Official test scores for the GMAT must be received from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
    • Official scores for GRE and TOEFL must be received from the Educational Testing Service.
    • Official scores for IELTS must be received from the International English Language Testing System.
    • PTE must be received from the language testing division of Pearson.
  • What are the institutional codes for the tests?
    • GMAT: Institution Code: ZTZPQ60
    • GRE: Institution Code: R6897
    • TOEFL: Institution Code: 6897
    • IELTS Academic: please contact IELTS
    • PTE Academic: please contact PTE
  • What if I took the test within the required timeline, but my official score will not be available by the January 15th application deadline?
  • We realize that it takes 4-5 weeks for official scores to become available. As long as you submit your application by the deadline, it will be considered. Candidates may upload an unofficial candidate score report with the online application. We will use this for review purposes while we await the official scores.