How to Apply

The MORS doctoral program focuses on developing scholars who have the desire and capacity to create new knowledge through research. Our alumni hold faculty positions at leading universities and publish in top academic journals. Many continue relationships that began in the doctoral program at the Kellogg School. If your goals are excellence in scholarship and an enduring academic career, we look forward to receiving your application.

A completed undergraduate degree is required to join the MORS PhD program. The department welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds, interests and strengths. Though not required, successful applicants often possess one or several of the following characteristics:

  • Experience in the social sciences, e.g. through undergraduate or graduate coursework in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology or related fields.
  • Research experience, e.g. in the form of an honors or masters thesis, or research assistant work.
  • Post baccalaureate work experience.
  • Evidence of quantitative or statistical skills e.g., high quantitative test scores or advanced courses in mathematics, statistics, engineering or econometrics.
  • Relevant masters degree.

GRE or GMAT test scores are generally above the 80th percentile.

The department takes a holistic look at each applicant's qualification, which includes the above areas as well as previous academic performance, life experience, motivation and fit with the program. You should provide relevant information in your application and explain any special experience or training we should know about. You should also indicate your areas of interest and identify overlap with faculty members' research.

If you have any questions about the Kellogg School's doctoral programs, please contact Susan Jackman, the coordinator at the Kellogg Doctoral Program office.

Applications to doctoral programs at the Kellogg School must be submitted through the Graduate School of Northwestern University. To submit an application, please visit the Application Materials section of the Doctoral Program Web site.