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When do you begin accepting applications?

Applications and application materials are accepted beginning August 1st.

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When is the application deadline?

Applications and application materials must be received prior to:

  • January 15 (for Management and OBHR Ph.D. Programs)
  • February 15 (for the Economics Ph.D. Program)

Our Admissions Web Page provides detailed information on application procedures.

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When are admission decisions made?


Admission decisions are made following the application deadline (Jan. 15 for Management and OBHR, and Feb. 15 for Economics).

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What is the application fee?


You must pay your application fee online with your credit card. Visa and MasterCard cards are accepted and processed using a secured online payment system. Your application will not be processed until your nonrefundable application fee has been paid. The application fee is $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants (including permanent residents) and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants.

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What supporting documents are required with an application?


Along with a completed application form, applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose, minimum of two letters of recommendation, transcripts showing degree and date granted, and required test scores.

Refer to the Admissions Page for further details.

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What are the testing requirements associated with the application procedure?


The Economics Ph.D. Program requires the GRE.

Management Ph.D. Programs require the GMAT. However, some areas of the management program will accept the GRE.  Please contact the Ph.D. program office at to learn if the GRE can be used in lieu of the GMAT for the program you are applying.

The Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management (OBHR) Program accepts either the GRE or GMAT.

All Krannert Ph.D. programs require an official TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE/Academic of all international applicants whose native language is not English.

Further information can be found on the Admissions Page.

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Can I waive the TOEFL?

The TOEFL requirement is a Purdue University Graduate School regulation. The TOEFL is required of applicants whose native language is not English. The only way the TOEFL can be waived is if:

  • The applicant has received a baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from a U.S. institution within the past 24 months (at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School)
  • The applicant is currently in a program (and will receive a degree before the following fall semester) at a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the native language.
  • The applicant has taken the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and received a minimum score of 6.5. For more information on the IELTS, please refer to

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What test code numbers do I use when requesting ETS score reports to be sent?


GRE Institution Code for Purdue University: 1631
GRE Department Codes for Purdue University:

  • Economics 1801 or 4301
  • OBHR 4204 or 4206
  • MGMT 4299 or 4399


GMAT DI Code for Management Ph.D. Programs at Purdue University: 1187
GMAT program code: 1RZ-R6-03 (the first character in the GMAT Program Code is a number one)

TOEFL Institution Code for Purdue University: 1631
TOEFL Department Code for Purdue University: 02 or 84

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I plan to reapply to the program. What are the procedures?

Applicants who have applied within the past year may reapply using most of their documents from the prior year.

Applicants are asked to submit an updated application and new application fee, a new letter of recommendation, and updated statement of purpose and resume, as well as any updated information.

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Can you receive a Ph.D. degree without having a previous master’s degree?

Yes. Applicants who have a bachelor's or comparable academic degree will be considered for admission.

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I already have a master’s degree. Will it help shorten the program?

Not necessarily.

A master's degree is not a required first step in pursuit of a Ph.D. degree - the Ph.D. is not master's work at a higher level. Master's and Ph.D. course requirements are quite distinct.

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What is the duration of the program?

Approximately four to five years, whether or not a student enters the Krannert Doctoral Program with a master's degree.

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How can I learn more of the Krannert faculty and their research interests?

Faculty profile information can be found on their respective program's information pages:

Faculty Information can also found be found on the Faculty Page

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How many doctoral students are currently in your program?

There are approximately 100 students enrolled in the Krannert Doctoral Programs during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Click here for more information on Current Students.

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What are the housing options for new/current students?

Students are housed on and off campus.

  • Please visit Purdue Housing for more information about on campus living.

For living off campus, here are some resources:

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When is the new student orientation?

New student orientation is held in mid-August of each year.

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How many credit hours are needed for a Ph.D. degree?

A total of 90 credit hours are needed. This includes a combination of coursework and research hours.

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Does the program offer financial aid?


The program offers admission with graduate funding such as teaching and research assistantships.

Generous fellowships and supplemental awards are also available.

Students admitted with an assistantship receive tuition remission of all fees (except for a graduate staff fee).

Students admitted with an assistantship or fellowship receive a monthly stipend for 12 months and are enrolled in a University medical/health insurance plan.

Research Grants are also offered to qualified candidates who are entering their fourth year in the program. It provides the opportunity to work exclusively on research with no teaching responsibility while still earning an income.

Please check the Financial Aid page for further information.

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Where can I find the application for financial aid?

There is no external application when applying for financial aid from the Krannert School of Management. Your completed application is the only necessary item required to be considered for financial aid.

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May I apply using my own funds or an outside scholarship?

Yes. Although an assistantship or fellowship is the most ideal admission, we welcome those applying with a non-Purdue scholarship, grant, or own funds.

Visit Financial Aid for more information.

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