Doctoral Student Admission Process

The Freeman School doctoral program with a concentration in Finance and Financial Accounting accepts a limited number of students with generous financial support based on their potential for academic careers in peer research institutions and their ability to contribute to the body of knowledge in the field. Students are admitted every other year (odd years) in order to synchronize the program with the Economic Analysis and Policy Doctoral Program offered by Tulane’s Economics Department.

  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
  • All completed applications will be reviewed after February 1, 2021
  • Final admission decisions will be made in April 2021

Application Requirements

  • Online Application Form ($125 application fee)
  • Resume (uploaded online)
  • Three Essays (uploaded online)
    • Why Tulane? [500-700 words]
    • Why a PhD? [500-700 words]
    • Do you have "grit"? [500-700 words]
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (submitted online from faculty members that address an applicant's research and teaching potential)
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college (transcripts uploaded online)
  • GMAT Score Report or GRE Score Report (uploaded online)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Score Report (uploaded online)
    • A TOEFL of 100 or higher and a GMAT score in the 90th percentile or higher is desired, but there may be exceptions to this if a candidate is exceptionally strong on other dimensions.  
  • Personal interviews are required for all final candidates for admission.  Selected candidates will be contacted early in the spring semester for an interview appointment.
  • Preparation in business, economics, mathematics, and statistics are highly desirable. If a student is judged to have the aptitude and ability and does not have the necessary preparation, then successful completion of the calculus sequence (through multivariate at a minimum), linear algebra, and probability and statistics are required before matriculation.

In addition, international students are required to submit a course by course transcript evaluation if educated outside of the United States.

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Financial Assistance

Admitted students will receive a tuition waiver as well as a scholarship/assistantship of $30,000, which may be renewed annually for up to six years. The scholarship will be half of the financial assistance per year provided the student is making satisfactory progress. The assistantship will be an additional half of the financial assistance per year provided the student is making satisfactory progress and performing well in his or her assistantship duties. Entering students will also receive one-time technology support of $1,500 to purchase a laptop computer and/or other approved technology.

Research and Teaching Budget

Students will receive $1,500 annually starting in Year 3 to be used for research and teaching related expenses such as attending conferences, submission fees for papers to journals, etc.

Assistantships and Teaching Requirements

Assistantships provide an opportunity for mentorship by the faculty in the areas of teaching and research. Students will be assigned on a rotating basis to either a research assistantship or a teaching assistantship for each semester during the first 2 1/2 years in the program. Each semester-long assistantship will entail 15 hours per week as a research or teaching assistant under the supervision of a faculty member. In the third year, students are expected to serve as a research or teaching assistant for one semester and to teach one course for the other semester. During the fourth and fifth year (and the sixth year if a student is still in the program), students will teach two courses per year for their assistantship.

Note: Students must successfully complete one teaching assistantship and attend a course offered by Tulane’s Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching for graduate teaching assistants before they teach a class independently.