Lubar PhD
Program Information

The Lubar School of Business doctoral program is a full-time program, and generally requires a masters degree from an AACSB accredited college or university for admission, as well as preparation in research skills such as mathematics, statistics, and computer programming. However, exceptional candidates with only a Bachelor's Degree will be considered for enrollment. All applicants are reviewed by the School's Ph.D. Program Committee before a recommendation is made to the UWM Graduate School. Admission decisions are based on:

  • the student's achievements in prior academic work (transcripts)
  • scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE). GMAT preferred.
  • assessment of the student's analytical capabilities
  • Reasons for Graduate Study statement, which must include the area of specialization
  • substantial evidence of scholarly potential and commitment and the ability to conduct independent research (2 letters of recommendation).

Online Applications can be accessed through the UWM Graduate School.

The application will be initially evaluated by the Graduate School for completeness, and all materials will be forwarded to the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business for necessary faculty review and recommendation.

All transcripts, reasons statements, and application fees should be sent directly to the Graduate School :

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Graduate School
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

As part of the application process a student must submit their GMAT (or GRE) score and two letters of recommendation. These scores and letters should be sent directly to Nance Gusavac, PhD Program Coordinator:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
Office of the Dean
P.O. Box 742
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Application Deadlines

The deadline to complete the online application is January 1 for admission in the following Fall semester. All application materials must be received by February 1. All final admission decisions will be made in February for students applying for the following Fall semester. Financial support is generally awarded for the academic year, starting Fall semester

The PhD Program Committee will make all final admission decisions in February for the next academic year.

Areas of specialization are admitting students as follows:

  • Finance - apply in 2014 for admission in Fall 2015
  • Management Information Systems - apply in 2014 for admission in Fall 2015
  • Marketing - apply in 2014 for admission in Fall 2015
  • Organizations and Strategic Management - apply in 2014 for admission in Fall 2015
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management - apply in 2014 for admission in Fall 2015
International ApplicationsThe application process for international students is different than the process for U.S. students. International applicants should contact eh UW-Milwaukee Center for International Education for the most complete information regarding the application process.

Financial Support
Teaching, research, and project assistantships, fellowships, and Advanced Opportunity Program awards are some of the financial assistance opportunities available to qualified graduate students.

The Graduate School has a full-time Fellowship Coordinator who can assist students in applying for fellowships, Advanced Opportunity Program awards for minority and financially disadvantaged students, and Graduate and Professional Study fellowships. For more information on these types of financial assistance, contact:

Fellowship Coordinator
The Graduate School
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 340
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201

Teaching, research, and project assistants are appointed by the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business. Teaching assistants have direct classroom instructional responsibilities; research assistants perform work related to their degree requirements; and project assistants assist with research, training, or other academic projects or programs. For more information on graduate assistantships, contact:

Office of the Dean
Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 742
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201

Teaching assistantships in the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business are the one source of support for doctoral students. International students wishing to become teaching assistants must earn a minimum score of 23 or higher on the speaking portion of the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL to qualify for teaching in the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business. Graduate assistants with a 33% or more appointment are eligible for graduate assistant health insurance and tuition remissions.