We hope the Gatton site has helped you learn about the Finance Area Ph.D. program at UK. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions:
How many students does UK accept each year?
Usually two or three students are admitted each year. The size of the acceptance pool depends on the strength of the applicants and available funding.
Do you offer financial assistance?
Yes. Accepted students receive full tuition waivers and work as research or teaching assistants. Other available financial support may include fellowships, specific project work, and the opportunities for summer teaching and research. Significant financial enhancements are offered to highly qualified applicants.
Is medical insurance included?
Yes, medical insurance is included for all graduate students who work as research or teaching assistants.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Most students finish in four years, but it ranges from three to five years.
Do I need a master's degree?
No, but we look for strong academic performance and the intellectual maturity that will be required to complete a doctorate.
Do you require the GMAT? Is there a minimum score?
The GMAT is usually required, but the GRE may be substituted in some cases. The Graduate School has minimum score requirements, but the average for accepted finance PhD students is substantially higher, particularly on quantitative material.
Do you require a minimum GPA?
Not per se, but, of course, previous classroom performance is important.
Is the TOEFL required?
Only for international students whose most recent degree is not from a U.S. institution.
How do I apply?
Apply to both the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky and the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Application instructions.
Is there an application deadline?
International applicants must apply by February 1. To receive full consideration, domestic applicants must apply by March 15 but are strongly advised to apply by February 1 in order to create the most opportunities for various supplemental fellowships. Applications may be considered after these deadlines on a case-by-case basis. The accepted cohort is usually complete by April 15, but we continue to review applications after that date.
Do you require an on-campus interview?
For applicants under serious consideration, on-campus interviews are usually arranged, but are not required. If you are considering the finance program at UK and would like to visit, contact GattonPhD@email.uky.edu.
Can I be accepted as a part-time student?
No. The nature of the program and the scheduling of required classes require that only individuals seeking full-time status will be admitted.
Can I be accepted if I have my own funding?
Potentially, although such situations are rare.
How do I maximize my chances of acceptance?
Do well on the GMAT, have a proven record of strong performance in analytical coursework, have a good command of spoken and written English, and be able to articulate why you want to complete the Ph.D. program in finance at the University of Kentucky.
I have procedural questions on the application. Who do I contact?