Admissions Requirements

The program is designed to train students interested in pursuing an academic career. The Admissions Committee’s aim is to choose a select group of students who are committed to learning in a demanding, rigorous environment and will continue to advance the knowledge of management.

Before enrollment in the PhD program, students ideally must complete the IESE Master of Research in Management or be in the possession of a postgraduate degree in research methodologies for business and management sciences. The application deadline for the next intake of the MRM is January 20, 2019.

To ensure the admission process of the MRM candidates should:

1. Complete the electronic application

Your application needs to be completed online. The application for admission is now CLOSED. The application for the next intake of September 2018 will be available soon. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A non-refundable application fee of €50 will be payable online.

2. Submit diplomas and transcripts.

To be eligible for admission, you should hold at least the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. You must submit your diplomas and transcripts from each college and graduate institution attended for at least six months. Scanned copies can be uploaded on the on-line application.

Important note: If you are admitted to the MRM Program and you accept the offer, an original copy of your transcripts must be sent to MRM & PhD Office within one month of your admission date. Failure to provide evidence would preclude the enrolment on the program. We recommend that you request this document as soon as possible.

3. GMAT or GRE score

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) are compulsory for all the applicants. Tests taken more than five years prior to date of entry will not be accepted.

Results should be sent directly from the test agency, using IESE’s code: 0736 for GMAT and 3607 for GRE.
For further information please check the official website of either GMAT or GRE.

4. English language ability

Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. If English is not your native language and you have not obtained a degree in the English language, you must take a recognized English test:
TOEFL minimum score 95
Results should be sent directly from the test agency, using IESE’s code:
0755. 7099
IELTS minimum score 7
Please note that both tests expire two years after the test date.

5. Three letters of recommendation

These should be written by professors familiar with your academic record.
Recommendation letters must reach IESE before the deadline and can either be uploaded online, sent by the proposers to the PhD Department by e-mail: or sent by ordinary mail in sealed envelopes.

6. Motivation letter

Tell us why you want to do the IESE PhD. What journey did you take that led you to believe that you wanted to pursue a doctorate? What is it about academic life that inspires you?

7. Essay on research interests

Write a short essay describing your research interests and goals. Tell us about what interests you and why; literature in your field; and what research you have done previously.

8. Photograph

You can upload your photograph directly onto the application form in the required field.
Please note that your photo should have a white background and will also be used for your student card.

9. Copy of your passport

Copy of your passport

10. Military or civil service obligations (if applicable)

In accordance with the laws of your country of origin, all military or civil service obligations must be fulfilled.

11. Neither work experience nor master is required

You do not need to have formal research experience or a business background to apply, nor do you need a graduate degree or work experience to be admitted.
Deadline for application: January 20 for the following academic year, starting in September.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

12. Fellowship Form

You can download the fellowship application form here.


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