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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it generally take to complete the program?

Five years. This provides students the time needed to complete both the dissertation and the related top-notch research papers needed to be successful on the job market. Occasionally, a student who enters the program with a high quality research portfolio can graduate in four years.

Can I study part-time and work full-time?

No. This doctoral program is strictly a full-time program. We require students to be on campus on a full-time basis, since doctoral students will be involved both in coursework, collaborative research efforts, and teaching/research assistantships.

Where do MSU graduates get hired?

Recent placements include:

  • Auburn University
  • Baylor University
  • George Mason University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Michigan, Dearborn

What is the deadline for applications?

PhD students begin the program in fall semester, which usually begins in late August. There are no winter, spring, or summer starts. Thus, our deadline for a full application is January 31. Applications received by then will be reviewed and interviews conducted during February. Meeting the January 31 deadline is vital so students entering the next fall can be considered for fellowships and assistantships.

What GMAT and TOEFL test scores are needed to be a successful applicant?

GMAT scores range between 650 and the upper 700s, with most in the lower 700s. We also require a minimum TOEFL score for international applicants.

How many applicants are accepted each year?

We generally admit one to three students (typically two) every other fall (2018, 2020, 2022…).

What kind of financial aid is available?

All PhD students are supported by graduate teaching/research assistantships. Recently, PhD students have earned approximately $25,000 annually in addition to their tuition waivers and insurance coverage.


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