Admissions, Application, and Financial Support

Admission Criteria

Admission to the PhD program is competitive and is completed in February each year for the following Fall Semester. Candidates are considered for admission based on the following criteria:

  • Achievements in prior academic work (transcripts).
  • Performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE).
  • Demonstrated preparation in research skills such as mathematics, statistics, and computer programming.
  • Assessment of the applicant’s analytical capabilities.
  • Reasons for Graduate Study statement (please specify area of study).
  • Substantial evidence of scholarly potential and commitment and the ability to conduct independent research (2 letters of recommendation).

Although most of our students have earned a Masters degree, we do consider strongly qualified applicants with an undergraduate degree.

How to Apply

Students apply online to the Lubar College of Business PhD in Management Science program via the UWM Graduate School website.

  • First, click on “How to Apply” and read the instructions
  • Then, click on “Apply Now.”
  • Select Lubar College of Business
  • Select Management Science PhD
  • We also recommend that you click on the “Frequently Asked Questions” link to print out important information that assists you with creating an online application account and provides further information regarding the application materials you are to submit.

Note to International Applicants: There is a different application process for international students. Please contact the UW-Milwaukee Center for International Education for complete information. To apply, please visit the Center for International Education page.

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit the following materials as part of their application. Applications that do not include this information by the application deadline will not be considered.

  • Transcripts from all institutions attended (including UWM if applicable)
  • GMAT or GRE score from an exam taken within the last five years
    Submission of official GMAT or GRE scores must be sent directly from GMAC or ETS. GMAT CODE: 1896 
    GRE CODE: Institution Code 1473, Dept. Code 4204
  • Graduate Study Statement (see application for details)
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Some International Applicants may be required to show Proof of English proficiency. If you are unsure if you need to provide proof, please visit the Center for International Education website.
    If using TOEFL, applicants must send scores from ETS electronically to
    School code 1473.

Application Deadlines

The deadline to complete the application is February 1 for admission to the following Fall semester. All additional application materials must be submitted by this deadline. Final admission decisions will be made in March for students applying for the following Fall semester.

Financial Support

Qualified doctoral students may be eligible to receive assistantships (teaching, research, project), fellowships, and Advanced Opportunity Program awards.

Teaching, research, and project assistants are appointed by the Sheldon B. Lubar College of Business. Teaching assistants have direct classroom instructional responsibilities; research assistants perform work related to their degree requirements; and project assistants assist with research, training, or other academic projects or programs. Assistants with a 33% or more appointment are eligible for graduate assistant health insurance and tuition remissions. International students wishing to become teaching assistants must earn a minimum score of 23 or higher on the speaking portion of the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL to qualify.

All admitted full-time PhD students are automatically considered for Lubar College teaching or project assistantships, and fellowships. You do not need to submit an application. If you wish to apply for assistantships or fellowships outside of the Lubar College, you will need to follow their application requirements accordingly.

The Graduate School can assist students in applying for fellowships, Advanced Opportunity Program awards for minority and financially disadvantaged students, and Graduate and Professional Study fellowships. For more information, visit Graduate School’s financial support.

Dr. Amit Bhatnagar
Director, PhD Program
Professor, Marketing
Lubar Hall N387