PhD Program

PhD Program in Business Data Science

Data Science is an emerging and rapid growing field with profound impact in today’s technology-driven business world. The Martin Tuchman School of Management (MTSM) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) offers a Ph.D. Program in Business Data Science to prepare the next generation of data scientists for business and management. Launched in Fall 2016, this leading-edge interdisciplinary program is the first of its kind in the United States. The Program integrates business analytics and management systems theory with scientific methods from statistics, computer science and engineering to improve knowledge discovery and decision making in business and management.

We encourage exceptional students with a bachelor degree or a higher in business, engineering, computer science, mathematics or other relevant disciplines to apply for this STEM-designated Ph.D. Program. Successful graduates become scientists, scholars, researchers, corporate leaders, and policy makers leveraging data science for business decision making and creating value in diverse business applications. Applicants from  under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

The Ph.D. program in Business Data Science educates the next generation of researchers, scholars and scientists in the use of data science for a variety of business applications, including but not limited to Finance, Accounting, Operations, Marketing,  Human Resources, and Economic Policy.

  • Admission Requirement
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Program Admission


Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants are expected to have a strong quantitative background, some software development experience or computational skills, and a basic understanding of business principles. The minimum requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program adhere to the guidelines of the University and include:

• A Bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, engineering, mathematics or other relevant disciplines from a college or university accredited in the United States or its equivalent, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0.  

• Either GRE or GMAT scores are required.

• International student applicants shall demonstrate proficiency in English if English is not their first language, per the NJIT admission standard. Exemptions can be granted to applicants who have earned (or will earn, before enrolling at NJIT) a U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English.   

• Prepared students shall have background in programming and data structure (e.g. NJIT CS 280 or CS 505), advanced Calculus (e.g. NJIT Math 211), Probability and Statistics (e.g. NJIT MGMT 216 or Math 333), and basic business knowledge (e.g. NJIT MGMT 492, MGMT 501). Admitted students lacking competencies in one or more areas of above shall consult with the program director to take relevant bridge courses.

Your application should include the following items:

  • $75 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts and proof of degree completion from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GRE/GMAT scores and TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable) (Test results must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission from ETS using code 2513).
  • Three recent letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes/uploaded online
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A current CV with self-reported GPA on all the degrees received
  • A statement regarding your qualification on the all bridge courses, and optionally core courses (for students who have an M.S. or MBA degree) using the provided template

To apply, please submit your application at NJIT official application website (

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is a GMAT or GRE score required?

A: Yes, either a GMAT or a GRE score of an exam taken in the past 5 years is required. There is no exception.

Q: Do I need to submit official GRE/GMAT score and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended?

A: Yes, they are required by the institution.


Q: Do I need to have a TOEFL/IELTS score?

A:  If English is not your first language, International student applicants shall demonstrate proficiency in English following the NJIT admission standard. Exemptions can be granted to applicants who have earned (or will earn, before enrolling at NJIT) a U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a university of recognized standing in a country in which all instruction is provided in English.  

Q: What is the degree requirements?

A: Degree requirement and program catalog is available at:


Q: Do I have to publish papers to obtain the Ph.D. degree?

A: Yes, students are expected to conduct innovative and independent research and have their research findings published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and/or academic conference proceedings.

Q: Is this program a  STEM-designated degree program?

A: Yes.


Q: What is the cost of pursuing a Ph.D. degree?

A: Please refer for the tuition and fees. They depend on the number of courses that you need to register to meet the degree requirements described at


Q: Is there any financial support? How much the support is? How can I apply for it?

A: Competitive merit-based financial support is  available for Ph.D. students who commit to being full-time students during the entire Ph.D. study via teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships, etc. The financial support typically covers tuitions, fees, and stipend at a rate set by the University, which is $22K for Academic Year 2018-2019. Some fellowships may provide a higher stipend. You may indicate whether you need to apply for financial support or you are self-supported in your personal statement. All applications are reviewed for financial support until positions are filled.

Q:  What is my likelihood of being admitted and/or being financially supported?

A: Because applications are reviewed by a committee made up of several faculty members based on all information provided, it is impossible to offer a “preview” regarding your qualifications for admission or financial support. Students who meet the Admission Requirements are all encouraged to apply. Only complete applications are considered by the committee.


Q: Do you take part-time students?

A: Yes, we admit qualified part-time students who are motivated to publish in reputable peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals. Some part-time students may consider the Collaborative Ph.D. Programs (, and

Some of our courses are offered during day time, some offered in the evenings or online. Please check for the list of courses and check for recent offering of relevant courses about the times and the mode (face-to-face vs online).


Q: What is the application deadline?

We grant admission only for the Fall semester. Per institution guideline at:

The deadline is December 15.

Application completed after February 15 are not guaranteed to be considered.


Q: When will my application be reviewed?

A:  Your application will be reviewed only after its status is “complete” in the NJIT application portal. Please make sure that you have provided all required information in the check list.

Q: What is my current application status? When will a decision be made?

A: Your application will be evaluated by the committee when its status is “complete” in NJIT application online portal, but not necessarily before the submission deadline. You will be notified via the NJIT application online portal as soon as a decision is made on your application. You will also receive an email if an admission or financial support offer is made.


Q: What if I have additional material for submission after a decision is made?

A: It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all submitted applications are accurate and complete. Once your application is “complete” in NJIT application online portal, the committee will review your application in a timely manner. Once an admission decision is made, it is final. The applicant can choose to apply for the program again in another season with a new application if substantial new information becomes available later.

Q: Any other requirement from the institution?

A: Please check FAQ on intuition requirements at:

If you have additional questions, please contact the Program director, Professor Dantong Yu: Please kindly follow the guidelines for effective communication:

Please have the email subject “Business Data Science Program Inquiry”
Due to the large volume of inquiries, we are not able to reply to emails whose questions are already answered in FAQ.
While we reply emails as soon as possible, please allow a week before you send another email about the same issue.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!