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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Related

When is the deadline for submission of application materials?

  • We admit new cohorts of students annually each Fall. The deadline for submission for that cycle is Dec. 1.

Is there a minimum GRE score required?

  • The GRE is waived for fall 2023 and beyond but the following is required for the waiver:

    • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale); OR

    • A master’s or terminal degree

What kind of writing sample is acceptable?

  • We use the writing sample to assess applicants’ capacity to think critically and articulate ideas clearly. Typically, applicants submit as a writing sample a class paper or a relevant report produced as part of a professional responsibility.

Can I keep my full-time job and pursue this PhD?

  • Many of our students are also full-time professionals. We require that all students take at least 2 courses each semester (including Fall, Spring, and Summer) in order to better ensure opportunities for on-time graduation.

Course Related

What is the format of classes?

  • Our classes are offered in one of 3 formats. Most typically, PhD courses meet once a week in the evenings for 3 hours. We also have hybrid classes that meet one day every other week in the evening and asynchronously (through BlackBoard) on alternate weeks. Finally, a few courses are offered in a Friday/Saturday format where 6 times during the semester students meet Friday evening for 3 hours and all day Saturday.