PhD Program
PhD Admissions

Admissions Information

The IEMS PhD Program accepts students just once a year, in the fall. Applications are currently closed, and will reopen for Fall 2023 admission in October 2022. For more information about IEMS PhD admissions you may download the Admissions Handbook, which has all the information you will need including requirements, application checklist, and frequently asked questions. Please contact if you have any inquires.

Online Application

Applications to Northwestern University's Graduate School, and by extension to this department, must be submitted electronically, including supplemental materials. In addition, all fees must be submitted electronically as well. No checks will be accepted.


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Admission decisions are handled centrally in the Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences department. Please do not contact individual faculty members to ask about admissions or funding. Individual faculty members are not responsible for providing funding for first-year PhD students. Contact a faculty member only if you need to ask questions related to research (this can usually wait until after you have been admitted).

The application forms have a space in which you can enter the names of one or two faculty whom you might like to have as a research adviser. This enables you to ensure that your application will reach the desk of the appropriate faculty member.

GRE NOT Required

IEMS does not require, and will not accept, GRE scores.