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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I study part-time and work full-time, while commuting from another city such as Indianapolis or Chicago?

No.  Our program is strictly full-time and we cannot accommodate part-time students or daily commuting students.   In addition to coursework, research and independent study require students to be on campus full-time throughout both the academic year and summer months.   Getting a Ph.D. requires commitment to the program and becoming part of the Purdue community, during at least the first 4 years of doctoral study.

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Do you have a distance PhD program?

No. You need to be present on campus for all engagements related to the doctoral program.

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My goal is to become a full-time consultant or work in a private company. Is this the right program for me?

No. Our program is designed to develop your ability to conduct excellent and highly publishable research. Thus, our program goal is to train students to accept academic positions in universities.

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How long does it generally take to complete the program?

Students usually take four to five years to complete the program.  Our most competitive students generally finish the program in five years, which allows sufficient time to generate a competitive vita before going on the job market.

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What is the deadline for applications?

You should plan to apply by January 1st.  This is the best way to guarantee you are considered for an assistantship or fellowship. Initial decisions about acceptance are normally sent out no later than March. All applications reviewed are for August admission. We recommend that applications be completed by the application deadline to be fully considered for admissions into our program.

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Can the GRE or GMAT scores be waived if I already have a masters degree?

No. We do not set minimum cut-off scores on these. However, admission to the program is quite competitive and current students’ scores generally average around the 90th percentile on the verbal and 80th percentile on the quantitative portions of these tests.  Applicants with scores below the 70th percentile are not likely to be admitted, although we have made exceptions. However, regardless of scores, the committee will fully review each applicant.

We require international students to take the TOEFL. The Krannert School of Management Ph.D. Admissions website provides the minimum scores for admissions. Scores at or above this minimum do not guarantee admission though.

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How many applicants do you accept each year?

The number of students admitted to the program usually varies from two to three, and is dependent on how many open positions we have in a given year.

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Is financial aid available?

Generally, yes.  Most students are supported by teaching or research assistantships for a four year period. Entering students are generally awarded a research assistantship their first year, so that students can focus on their research and coursework. The following years, students will receive either a research or teaching assistantship (provided they meet baseline language qualifications). Funding may continue into a student’s fifth year based on their standing in the program. Tuition is also paid by the program.

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