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IROM Doctoral Admissions

To be eligible for admission to the IROM doctoral program, an applicant is required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. All doctoral students are admitted for a full-time degree program, which begins in the fall. Spring enrollment is not permitted. Our admission process is very competitive with over 150 applications received each year for five to seven spots in the entering class.

All applicants are required to take either the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in time for the results to reach the Department of Information, Risk, & Operations Management (IROM) by the application deadline, January 5. The test must be taken within the past five years. International students must also submit an official report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An exception is made for foreign students who obtained a bachelor's degree in the U.S. or other English-speaking countries.

How to Apply 

All applicants are expected to review the official graduate admissions instructions at the University of Texas Graduate School website and must apply online at Texas Common Application. To check on your application status, visit the Application Status Check site, and log in with your UT EID and password.

The application for admission to the IROM doctoral program consists of TWO parts. You must submit both parts in order for your application file to be reviewed. Please follow the instructions carefully. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that his/her application is complete.

IROM Application Deadline: January 5


The following materials must be submitted to the University of Texas Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) by January 5.  

  • Online U.S. Application  or Online International Application for students from other countries.
  • A Statement of Purpose (via online application)  
    Your Statement of Purpose should discuss your interest in our Ph.D. program and your reasons for wanting to do graduate work at the University of Texas. Your statement should be no more than two pages long. Your statement of purpose is an important part of your application, and care should be taken in writing it.
  • Three letters of recommendation (via online application)  
    Academic references are preferred. You will be given the opportunity to list the name, position and email address for three recommenders when you complete the application for admission. After you submit your application for admission, emails will be sent to your recommenders directing them to a website where they may upload their letters of recommendation.
    Once you have submitted your application, you can use the self-service feature on the My Status website to resend the Request for Reference email to your recommenders, if necessary. You can use this site to supply an alternate email such as Gmail if your recommender's spam filter blocks the original request or has removed the link. You can also add a new recommender and send the Request for Reference email or revise your FERPA (right to view) status from retained to waived.
  • Official Transcripts (via online application)
    After you have completed the ApplyTexas application and paid the application fee, you will receive an email with a link to an upload site. Please use this link to upload copies of your transcripts in PDF. Materials from each school attended should be in one PDF document. Complete instructions can be found here. Please do not request or mail official transcripts on paper. Doing so may delay the processing of your application.
  • Official GRE or GMAT scores
    Please request that your official GRE or GMAT scores be sent to GIAC. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) GRE code for the University of Texas at Austin is 6882; a departmental code is not needed. The GMAT code is 396-44-45.
  • Official TOEFL scores (International Students)
    Please request that your official TOEFL scores be sent to GIAC. An exception is made for foreign students who obtained a bachelor's degree in the U.S. or other English-speaking country. A master’s degree does not qualify for an exception. A recent IELTS score can be submitted in place of a TOEFL score, but TOEFL is preferred.
  • Application Fee (Applications submitted without the required application processing fee will not be reviewed)
    Please do not send cash or personal checks. You may pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cashier's check, money order, or bank draft in US dollars drawn in US banks.
    For fee waivers, please visit the Graduate School's website for more information. If you still have questions regarding the application fee after reading that information, please contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center.


After you have submitted the Apply Texas application and paid the application fee, you should upload the following materials to your Application Status Check page by January 5th. 

  • Departmental application form (Interactive PDF)
    Please submit a completed departmental application form.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
    Please provide your current resume or CV.

Please email any questions about the application process to

Financial Assistance

Merit-based fellowships are available through the IROM Department. An accepted applicant is automatically considered for these fellowships. The IROM Department typically offers 20-hour teaching or research assistantships to all incoming students and most continuing students. In addition, a student holding a 20-hour appointment will qualify for in-state tuition as well as tuition assistance.