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Application Requirements

Fall 2014 Application Checklist**

A complete application should include the following:

  • Scanned copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (uploaded in the application)
  • Scanned copies of GMAT or GRE test scores (uploaded in application)
  • Scanned copies of TOEFL score uploaded in application and official TOEFL scores sent to Washington University in St. Louis (for international students only)
  • THREE (3) letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Application fee paid online

**For application purposes, all transcripts, test scores, CV and essays should be uploaded during the application process. For admissions considerations Olin accepts the unofficial uploaded information to determine applicants' status. Official documents are required upon admission to the PhD Program.

Academic Background

Olin requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college. A master's degree is not necessary. Upload unofficial transcripts - one from each college-level institution attended. Scanned copies of transcripts may be too dark and difficult to read so please adjust scanner settings accordingly. Photographs of transcripts are not acceptable. If the transcript is in a language other than English, applicants must provide an official translation issued from the university or by certified members of the American Translators Association.
Applicants who have already graduated must show a transcript with the degree conferred and date unless a copy of their diploma/degree certificate is required. Official transcripts of all college-level work must be submitted to the program office upon admission to Olin Business School no later than July 1, 2014. Updates to transcripts after applications are submitted are not necessary and will not be uploaded by Olin.

High GMAT/GRE Test Score

Although there is no minimum score requirement, a good performance is weighted by the Admissions Committee. Successful applicants tend to have overall scores in the 90th percentile or higher; the average GMAT score of recent admits has been approximately 720. The GMAT institution code for the Olin - PhD in business is R4T-WG-45. The GRE institution code is 4934.

Successful TOEFL or IELTS Test Score

An English language test is required for all international students, with the exception of those who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in residency at a college or university located in the United States. The TOEFL and IELTS exams test the level of English as a Foreign Language. The average internet-based TOEFL score of admits is 105. The TOEFL institution code for Washington University in St. Louis is 6929.

Letters of Recommendation

We only accept three letters of recommendation. Recommenders may be either academic or professional however considerable weight is given to letters of recommendation from faculty members that highlight a candidate's research potential, past academic achievements, and a commitment to scholarly endeavor. Letters of recommendation are submitted online. We do not accept paper letters of recommendation. If this presents a problem, please contact us.

Statement of Purpose

  • The statement of purpose is an opportunity for an applicant to introduce himself or herself to the admissions committee and to let discuss the reasons for seeking a PhD at Olin Business School.
  • Briefly outline background, education, and any research experience. In addition, briefly describe research interests and how they align with the overall research expertise of Olin’s faculty.
  • Provide personal evaluations of strengths and weaknesses in pursing the PhD program and comment on any additional factors the Admissions Committee should consider.

Curriculum Vitae

All applicants are required to upload a copy of their CV or resume as part of the application process.

Writing Sample

Applicants may include a research paper or abstract (30-page maximum) with their application. A paper is not required for admission to Olin’s PhD programs. The paper should be uploaded within the online application form through the ApplyYourself system.

Please note: Papers submitted by mail or email PDF will not be uploaded into the application; therefore, applicants should upload their paper during the application process. Revised versions of this paper will not be uploaded.

If there are technical difficulties with the paper upload, please contact the PhD program office by email: phdinfo@olin.wustl.edu. Applicants are encouraged to list this paper and any other papers they have on their resume with web links to these papers.

Information for Re-applicants

Reapplying to the PhD Program at Olin Business School is not recommended unless there are considerable changes to the application materials submitted from a prior application. Any updated materials that are submitted will appear in the applicant's reapplication packet along with the materials from the previous application. Unless the application shows significant improvements or progressions, it is unlikely that the outcome will differ from the previous results.

Applicants who have previously submitted an application to any Olin graduate program should not submit a new online application. Rather, please email the doctoral programs office at phdinfo@olin.wustl.edu to receive specific reapplication instructions.