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Indiana University Bloomington

Doctoral Programs

1960 Notable

From 1960-2013, we prepared nearly 1,200 men and women
for rewarding academic careers ó thatís more than any other university.



We are looking for highly qualified students with clear career objectives to join our PhD programs. Our faculty selects students based on outstanding intellectual ability and a strong commitment to a career in research.

Related work experience is not required, and neither is a previous master’s degree. All applicants who have a bachelor’s or comparable academic degree will be considered for admission. We are often asked if having a master’s degree will shorten the PhD program, and the answer is not necessarily. A master's degree is not a required first step in pursuit of a PhD degree—the PhD is not master's work at a higher level. Master's and PhD course requirements are quite distinct.

The following criteria are evaluated as we strive to get a clear picture of each applicant’s strengths:

  • The student's performance on standardized tests. GMAT scores of current students average in the upper 600s.
  • The strength of the recommendation letters. We require recommendations from at least three people best qualified to judge an applicant's academic potential.
  • The academic record at the applicant's undergraduate/graduate institution.
  • The applicant’s research agenda and how it will mesh with the general research interests of the Kelley School faculty.