Apply to the Ph.D. Program

Next start date: August 2018
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

We welcome students from a diverse set of backgrounds; some will be technically educated, some educated in the humanities and social sciences.

All application materials must be received by the deadline, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, and examination results. We encourage you to apply early. The I School does not accept applications for spring term admissions.


Admission Requirements


Selection Criteria

The I School accepts only 3–5 Ph.D. students each year from more than 80 applications.  Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty.

Applicants are judged on a number of factors. Good scores and a high GPA are necessary, but not sufficient. The deciding factor is the ability to demonstrate a research record and agenda that fit well with specific I School faculty. In a small, interdisciplinary program, it is important that applicants clearly indicate in their statement of purpose which faculty member(s) they are interested in researching with, and why.

Last updated:

August 17, 2017