Start Your Doctoral Journey

Whether you’re just starting your research on PhD programs or you’re ready to apply, we’ll walk you through the steps to become a successful PhD candidate.

Deciding to get a PhD

You might be surprised to discover what kind of research our faculty and students pursue, and how you can apply the findings to issues of practical relevance.


Preparing for the doctoral path

The skills, relationships, and knowledge you need to prepare yourself for a career in academics.


Choosing the right program

What’s the difference between PhD programs? Find out how to choose one that fits your goals.


Starting an application

Advice for navigating the application process.

Welcome From the Vice Dean

“We look for students who are curious, who are creative, and who are persistent in solving tough problems. We look for students who are willing to challenge convention. Each academic department has its own admissions criteria and evaluates its own candidates, but these would be the universal qualities that we look for in our students.”
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Nancy Zhang
Vice Dean, Wharton Doctoral Programs

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