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PhD Program Admissions

UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a full-time Ph.D. Program. We do not offer a part-time or online program.


We seek to admit 12-15 students, 2-3 per area, to begin the Ph.D. program in
August 2017. The deadline to apply for admission consideration is no later than February 14, 2017.

All admitted students receive School-based fellowship funding, but applications completed prior to December 13 are ensured consideration for a select number of University-sponsored fellowships.

The application will be available online beginning August 1, 2016.

Applicant Profile

PhD admissions are highly competitive. We seek candidates with strengths in:

  • Intellectual development as demonstrated by prior academic or other activity
  • Commitment to a career of scholarship and research
  • Emotional maturity to complete a rigorous program of study
  • Knowledge of elementary calculus and basic computer skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think analytically
  • High academic marks and test scores

While an MBA is not required, it usually allows you to waive some of the business requirements.

Decision process

  • The Ph.D. committee makes admission decisions. The committee consists of faculty in each area and the associate dean of the Program.
  • Evaluations start as completed applications are received and continue after the February 14 deadline.
  • The committee schedules interviews with students that are seriously considered.
  • The committee makes initial decisions in late March. The process continues until the class is full.
  • Applicants will be notified by mail and email.

Application Status

Check your application status online.

Please use the following codes for submitting test results:

GMAT code: D40-HL-50
GRE code: 5816
TOEFL code: 5816