IMS PhD Admission Requirements



Students may enter the IMS doctoral program after previous graduate training or directly from undergraduate programs. Desirable educational backgrounds include graduate training in any area of business and graduate or undergraduate degrees in areas such as business administration, economics, sociology, political science, mathematics, and engineering. Applicants with other academic backgrounds are considered as well.

Applicants must have an excellent academic record and high scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). To be considered for admission, applicants must score 600 on the GMAT or above or receive comparable scores on the GRE. Although both GRE and GMAT scores are accepted, we strongly prefer the GMAT. The mean GMAT score for admitted students in the Jindal School of Management PhD programs in 2012 was 705.

Competition to enter our program is strong. Since 2005, the IMS program only admits three students per year, who represent 3.5% of the total applicants in general. It is unlikely we will increase the number of admitted students in the foreseeable future. Clearly, our emphasis is quality, not quantity.

Our IMS PhD students are a diverse, energetic, and collegial group who come from China, Germany, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States. They are intelligent, hard-working, and productive, having accomplished numerous publications year in and year out (see Student Publications tab on the IMS homepage).

During the 2012-13 academic year, we have 14 students in the program, which translates to a student-to-faculty ratio of less than 1-to-1. Students have the opportunity to be involved in ongoing research projects under the mentorship of experienced faculty. The emphasis is on student involvement in research early on in their graduate careers. Close interaction with faculty members enables students to quickly learn to identify and develop research ideas and create their own research agenda.

Students also develop teaching competence under faculty mentorship by teaching undergraduate classes. They teach three sections of undergraduate courses in their four years in the program; this is a relatively light teaching load compared to many other PhD programs’ requirements. Several of our recent students, Ted Khoury, Yasuhiro Yamakawa, and Brian Pinkham proudly won the Best Teacher Award in the “TA/PhD Instructor” category in the Jindal School of Management, indicating that they were the best instructors among some 100 PhD students.

Given the school’s commitment to bringing out students’ best potential, the school has given every student currently in our program assistantships (including tuition waivers and monthly stipends of $1,800 x 12 = $21,600 annually starting in 2010-11). The school expects to continue providing this level of support to every incoming IMS student admitted. In exchange, students work 20 hours per week as Teaching Assistants.

Financially, the cost for admitted IMS students is minimal because our students do not pay tuition. Your tuition is paid for by the school. IMS students are responsible for a small amount of student fees.

Given the level of competition to enter the IMS program, applicants are advised to carefully craft their application essays with two fundamental questions in mind:

  • Why do you want to pursue a PhD in International Management Studies?
  • What role do you want to play when you obtain your doctorate four or five years down the road?