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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview

Can I study part time and work full time?

No. The program is strictly a full-time program and we are not able to accommodate part-time students. Aside from coursework, research and independent study require students to be on campus on a full-time basis.

If I have a degree from a U.S. university, am I required to take the TOEFL test?

No. A degree from a U.S. school should exempt you from the TOEFL requirements.

How long does it generally take to complete the program?

These programs are designed for students to complete in four years.


What is the deadline for applications?

The university deadline for applications is March 1. To be eligible for the full range of university fellowships and funding, it is important to have applications by early December. However, most applications are reviewed between January and April for an August admission.

Do I need to submit a GMAT or GRE test score?

One of the requirements most often questioned by applicants is that of the need for a GMAT/GRE as part of the admissions process.  Lets begin by being clear on one point – we cannot admit nor can we offer a place in our doctoral program to any student who fails to provide the OSM doctoral committee with such documentation.  If you do not offer it, then your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered.

There are several reasons for this requirement. First, it is a good independent indicator of the candidate’s capabilities in terms of analytical, quantitative, and verbal areas – areas considered critical to success. Second, it allows us to compare candidates. Third, we use the results of this test as a screen – it helps us identify candidates who do not have the necessary skills. For example, in our revised OSM Doctoral Handbook, we clearly state that we will only consider candidates in the 85 and above percentile.  Finally, we are required to have an admissions process that is both visible and fair.  The requirement for a GMAT/GRE score is critical to meeting this demand.

Consequently, we have taken a position that clearly states that all candidates must submit a GMAT/GRE score for a qualified test center in order for their application to be considered.  We hope that you understand the reasons for this position.

Are there minimum GMAT or GRE test scores for successful applicants?

No. We do not have minimum cut-off scores on the GMAT or GRE. However, admission to the doctoral program is extremely competitive and our current students have averaged in the 90th percentile on the verbal and 80th percentile on the quantitative portions of the GMAT and/or GRE. An applicant with any score below the 70th percentile is unlikely to be admitted. However, regardless of test scores, each applicant is fully reviewed by the admissions committee.

International students are required to take the TOEFL. The Broad Graduate School of Management specifies a minimum total score of 600 for the paper version or 250 total for the computer version. Scores at or above this minimum will not guarantee admission.

Which program code do I use for Supply Chain Management Department’s doctoral programs:

Logistics, 1331

Operations and Sourcing Management, 1350.

Use the following School Codes for Test Givers to route your test scores online to Michigan State University:

GMAT Scores: QH0-5P-02: GRE and TOEFL: 1465

Financial Aid

What kind of financial aid is available?

Most of our students are supported by teaching assistantships or research assistantships. Entering students are generally awarded a teaching assistantship, provided they meet basic language qualifications. There is no separate application for teaching assistantships. Research assistantships are generally awarded to advanced graduate students.

Eli Broad College of Business

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