Applications and Admissions
Admission to the SC&IS doctoral program is highly competitive. Decisions are based on a combination of factors, including performance in previous academic programs, test scores (GMAT or GRE), letters of recommendation, previous business and professional experience, indicators of intellectual curiosity and initiative, and oral and written communication skills. All students admitted to the Ph.D. program in SC&IS are expected to have prerequisite competencies in the following areas: computing (general purpose programming); mathematics (linear algebra and calculus); and statistics (probability, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and regression).
Ideally, the applicant should also enter the program with master's degree-level course work in either business administration or a complementary discipline such as economics, industrial engineering, civil engineering (with a transportation focus), or geography. A strong academic foundation is essential for the demanding course work and research components of the program.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit evidence of previous research and writing if available. Every shortlisted applicant is interviewed, either in person or by telephone, to assure excellence in spoken English skills.