Ph.D. Application Checklist

Application Components

A completed Ph.D. application will include the following components:

1. Application Form

Students can apply online here:

A brief guide to finding the Rady PhD application can be found here.

The application for Fall 2020 opens September 9, 2019 and closes January 1, 2020. Please contact for information regarding the Fall 2020 application. 

2. Academic History

Please upload all transcript(s) into the online application. Do not send duplicates. Official transcripts will only be required if you are admitted.

3. Academic Curricula Vitae and or Resume

Please prepare an academic CV giving a summary of your education and professional history for uploading into the application.

Please include any teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors and affiliations.

4.Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

GRE Graduate Record Examination

GRE general test is required. Official score reports must be within five years of the test date.

For the GRE use institutional code 4836; the department code is not necessary.

5. For International Applicants Only: TOEFL OR IELTS Scores

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants; official score reports must be within two years of the test date.

The English proficiency requirement is waived if you have been enrolled, full-time, for a minimum of one year in an academic program at a U.S. institution.

For reporting from ETS, use institutional code 4836-02.

Minimum scores for TOEFL: Computer-based 250, Paper 570, Internet 90.

The minimum score for IELTS is 7.

6. Recommendations

Three Letters of Recommendations are required; submission via the online application is strongly preferred. If necessary, for other methods of submission, please follow the Office of Graduate Studies guidelines for Letters of Recommendation.

Letters should optimally be from someone who has taught you and/or from individuals who can attest to your academic ability and research potential.

7. Statement of Purpose Requirements

Online Statement of Purpose preferred. 2,500 word limit.

  • State which areas of research you are interested in and with which faculty member you would like to work with and why.
  • Discuss why you are interested in these areas and how your experiences (academic or otherwise) are relevant to your continuing academic studies. Include any research experience or publications you have.
  • Discuss your career goals after obtaining your Ph.D.

8. Specific Program Requirements

The department does not enroll students who seek a master's degree as a terminal degree. Students who elect to specialize in management science and finance will be required to have additional mathematical knowledge such as advanced calculus and statistics.

9. Application Fee

The application fee for the Ph.D. program is $120 for domestic students and $140 for international students. The non-refundable fee is payable by credit card through the online application. You may also pay by check, following the instructions in the online application. If you choose to pay by check, please note that your application cannot be processed until your check has been received.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rady Ph.D. Graduate Coordinator at