Admissions Requirements

The following are general requirements you should meet to apply to the MIT Sloan PhD Program. Complete instructions concerning application requirements are available in the online application.

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • A strong quantitative background (the Accounting group requires calculus)
  • Exposure to microeconomics and macroeconomics (the Accounting group requires microeconomics)

One excellent resource that we recommend is A Guide to Business PhD Applications by Abhishek Nagaraj (PhD 2016). 

Application Components

  • Statement of Purpose

    Your written statement is your chance to convince the admissions committee that you will do excellent doctoral work and that you have the promise to have a successful career as an academic researcher. 

  • GMAT/GRE Scores

    We require either a GMAT or GRE official score report from within the last five years. If your scores are due to expire close to the admissions deadline, please have them forwarded to our program before they expire, even if you have not yet completed your application. We do not have a minimum score requirement. Registration information for the GMAT (code X5X-QS-21) and GRE (code 3510) may be obtained at and respectively.

  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores

    We require either a TOEFL (minimum score 577 PBT/90 IBT ) or IELTS (minimum score 7) official score report from within the last two years for all non-native English speakers. If your scores are due to expire close to the admissions deadline, please have them forwarded to our program before they expire, even if you have not yet completed your application.  Registration information for TOEFL (code 3510) and IELTS may be obtained at and respectively. We do not receive IELTS scores electronically, so please review the application instructions for how to have these scores mailed to our office.

    • The TOEFL/IELTS test requirement is waived only if you meet one of the following criteria:

      • You are a native English speaker.
      • You attended a four-year undergraduate program in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia or New Zealand and are a graduate of that program.

    Please do not contact the PhD Program regarding waivers, as none will be discussed. If, upon review, the faculty are interested in your application with a missing required TOEFL or IELTS score, we will contact you at that time to request a score.

  • Transcripts

    We require unofficial copies of transcripts for each college or university you have attended, even if no degree was awarded. If these transcripts are in a language other than English, we also require a copy of a certified translation. In addition, you will be asked to list the five most relevant courses you have taken.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    We require three letters of recommendation. Academic letters are preferred, especially those providing evidence of research potential. We allow for an optional fourth recommendation, but no more than four recommendations are allowed.

  • Resume

    Your resume should be no more than two pages. You may chose to include teaching, professional experience, research experience, publications, and other accomplishments in outside activities.

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