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IMS PhD Admission Requirements


IMS PhD Admission Requirements

The International Management Studies (IMS) program only admits new students in the fall each year; spring or summer admissions are not possible. Although the official UT Dallas application deadlines for fall admission for U.S. residents and international applicants are July 1 and May 1, respectively, the University encourages students to apply as early as possible.

The Naveen Jindal School of Management starts making first-round admission decisions on January 16; we strongly encourage applicants to complete the entire application process no later than January 15.

The IMS program is designed for full-time students. Since the completion of a PhD requires a time commitment that is inconsistent with full-time or part-time employment elsewhere, the school will not consider applications for part-time status. Your application will be rejected if you ask for an exception. During your PhD studies, you will work part-time (20 hours a week) for UT Dallas as a PhD assistant (on an assistantship).

Program Candidates

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, although students from all areas are considered. Students must have an excellent academic record and high scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). To be considered for admission, students must score 600 on the GMAT or above or receive comparable scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Between GRE and GMAT, we strongly prefer GMAT. The mean GMAT score for admitted students in the School of Management PhD programs in 2014 was 720.

Competition to enter the international management studies PhD program is very strong. Due to the competitive and interactive nature of the program, we typically accept less than five percent of the overall applicants, all of whom accepted our offers. It is unlikely that the school will increase the number of admitted students in the foreseeable future. Clearly, our emphasis is quality, not quantity.

PhD Student Life

The 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 section on “PhD Student Research”).

We have a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 1-to-1, which allows students the opportunity to be involved in ongoing PhD 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, Yasu Yamakawa, and Brian Pinkham, proudly won the Best Teacher Award in the “TA/PhD instructor” category in the School of Management, indicating that they were the best instructors among some 90 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 $2,000 x 12 = $24,000 annually starting in 2014-15). The school expects to continue providing this level of support to every incoming student admitted. In exchange, students work 20 hours a week as faculty assistants.

Financially, the cost for admitted students is minimal, because students do not pay tuition. Your tuition is paid for by the school. 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: