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  • Tuition Fee:
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  • Foreign: n/a
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 28 December 2016


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    While the program encourages the use of field research to sense and define a problem, it does not have an ideological view on any single methodology as being superior to others in terms of the full scope of the research. Be it analytical, experimental, or qualitative, it is the appropriateness of the method in addressing the specific problem that matters. As a result, marketing faculty draw on a variety of underlying disciplines in research and consequently engage doctoral students in a broad spectrum of disciplinary bases.

    Areas include:

    • Consumer behavior
    • Social network marketing
    • Brand and customer management
    • Customer-driven innovation strategy
    • International marketing
    • High-technology and new media marketing
    • Social marketing
    • Business to business marketing


    Examples of recent and current doctoral thesis research include:

    • The effects of brand extensions on the value of parent brands
    • Multi-method examination of the consumption of “knockoffs” of high status brands, and the counter-intuitive positive outcomes for consumer-brand relationships
    • Competitive analysis of pricing and quality decisions in industries with strictly complimentary products
    • The psychological effects of pricing, and how these affect consumers and firms
    • "Choice amnesia," the motivated forgetting of difficult decisions

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements


    • Completed online application form
    • Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Transcripts for all college/university degrees and courses:
    Self-reported transcripts are accepted for both DBA programsand PhD programs. Applicants must upload copies of his/her transcripts to the online application system. Hard copy transcripts will only be required if admitted to a program, prior to enrollment. GSAS no longer requires hard copy transcripts to be submitted for PhD Programs (Business Economics, Health Policy Management, and Organizational Behavior) at the application stage. Similarly, DBA programs only require electronic copies at the application stage.
    • Current GMAT or GRE scores (see details below)
    • TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers see details below)
    • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic source). Recommendation letters must be submitted online through the online application system. Hard copy recommendation letters will not be accepted.
    • $105 application fee via credit card

    English Language Requirements

    TOEFL iBT® test: 80


    All incoming students, regardless of need and background, are awarded a fellowship which includes tuition, single-person health fees, and a living stipend ($39,600 for 2014-2015).

    Although there is no formal commitment, it is expected that a similar level of financial aid will be awarded for up to five years. All financial aid awards are contingent upon a student's satisfactory academic progress.

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