Admission to the KTO PhD programme is highly competitive, with the number of qualified applicants always greatly exceeding the number of available places. Typically 5-6 students are admitted each year and 2-4 are going through the second year. Meeting the requirements listed above does not guarantee admission.
Admission decisions are made by a recruiting committee and rely on a number of factors including academic background (e.g., grades and training in mathematics, statistics and social sciences), research experience, test scores, aspirations, and fit with the research interests of KTO research center and its members.
Pre-selected applicants are interviewed via telephone; local applicants may be invited to visit the campus.
Last day of May
Applications including the candidate’s current mailing address must be submitted before the Last day of May either in person or by post to:
SKEMA Business School
60 Rue Dostoïevski - BP 085
06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex
Applications must contain a photocopy of the passport or identity card of the candidate.
Applications handed in or posted after the deadline will not be considered.
Application must include:
- The application form (clearly typed or printed),
- The candidate’s citizenship
- A handwritten motivation letter explaining the candidate’s objectives and research interests
- A detailed curriculum vitae
- Copy of diplomas and grading
- A photocopy of the official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or of the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) for applicants whose native language is not English (unless the Master was delivered in English)
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is highly appreciated
- Two (or more) letters of recommendation (preferably academic references)
- Two photos
- A publication relevant to the candidate’s evaluation (e.g. an article, report or thesis written by the applicant) and a list of these publications.
- The name of the university and the (expected) degree conferral date
- The Registration fees: 120 Euros
When processing the enrolment application, the SKEMA administration must check that:
1. The applicant has the necessary academic qualifications to complete the degree programme
2. The student has secured adequate funding
The SKEMA administration cannot be held responsible for the lack of notification resulting from inaccurate or delayed information, or changes regarding permanent and mailing addresses provided by candidates. Nor can SKEMA be held responsible for postal or telegraphic delays not caused by the Business School.
The applicants are assessed by a selection committee. On the basis of the committee’s assessment, the PhD programme director decides:
- who should be accepted in the PhD program,
- who should be offered vacant PhD scholarship(s)/assistantship(s).
The assessment committee will assess whether the applicant seems capable of carrying out a research project.
In connection with this, the CV and diploma/transcripts will be examined, and applicants with outstanding academic background and high potential research projects – on the basis of their Master thesis for instance – will be given preference (see the application procedure document)
Doctoral study is a full-time project. Accordingly, we only admit students who expect to devote all their efforts to the programme.
The fee is payable for the first three years. For the 2013/2014 academic year, the annual fee is 5.000 Euros for EU students, 10.000 Euros for students funded by companies and for non-EU students supported by a national grant.
A number of Assistantship awards are made to the most highly qualified candidates.