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Application to the program requires the following materials:

  1. A completed online application (See “Apply Now” Link Above) for admission to graduate studies at Michigan State University with associated fees paid (please note that we will only consider those applications that are both complete and paid).
  2. Three letters of recommendations (please include letters from past instructors who can assess your capabilities as a potential researcher).
  3. Official copies of college transcripts showing grades received.
  4. A well-thought-out statement of purpose.
  5. GMAT score
  6. TOEFL score (if necessary, Institution Code – 1465)

If you are interested, you should apply online, pay your application fee, and send the following documents to the address below:

Marketing Doctoral Program Admissions

Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Marketing Department

North Business College Complex

632 Bogue St.

Room N370

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824-1122


See our Viewbook for more information about the program and East Lansing MSU PhD MKT Viewbook   MSU PhD MKT Viewbook September 2018

For answers to questions that you might have, please contact

Ahmet Kirca, Director of Marketing Doctoral Program



Students are admitted to the doctoral program in Marketing only for the Fall Semester and on a full-time basis. For admission to the program, an applicant must have

  • at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution (note: a Master’s degree is preferred)
  • a superior academic record
  • a minimum GMAT score of 640
  • a minimum TOEFL score of 600-paper, 250-computer, 100-internet2
  • personal qualifications of sound character, perseverance, intellectual curiosity, and an interest in scholarly research.

The admissions committee evaluates the applicant’s quantitative and communication skills and background, the applicant’s statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, previous work experience, and an invited interview:

1) must be less than five years old.

2) required for applicants whose first language is not English, even if they have a degree from a U.S. University. The TOEFL score must be less than two years old.

3) Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in interview. The preferred venue is to have the candidate visit MSU. In those cases where the distance is too great, a telephone/skype interview will be scheduled.


We strongly recommend that you submit your application in early fall, but no later than December 15th for consideration for admission for the following fall. Well-qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible since, for such candidates, there is a possibility of submitting their applications for consideration for doctoral fellowships at either the University or College levels.

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