FAQs


Applications for the Ph.D. program will be accepted for once-a-year admission in the fall semester. The RCB Ph.D. Program Office will begin accepting applications on September 15, 2015. For fullest consideration, the application and all required application materials should be received by January 8, 2016. This would include a valid GMAT or GRE score reported from the Educational Testing Service, a valid set of transcripts from all previous educational institutions, an application form, application fee, and letters of recommendation.

Please send an e-mail to Adenike Brewington and ask for admission materials. You can apply online here. Visit the J. Mack Robinson College of Business Ph.D. program page here. You can also reach her at:

Regular mail

Adenike Brewington
Robinson College of Business
Ph.D. Program
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3988
Atlanta, GA 30302-3988

Express mail

Adenike Brewington
Ph.D. Program
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
35 Broad Street, Ste. 831
Atlanta, GA 30303


Applicants must submit valid GMAT or GRE scores. If you are not a native English speaker, you must take and receive a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. The only exception to this rule is if you have already obtained a degree from a U.S. institution.

Admitted students are typically eligible for financial aid and no separate application for aid is required. Most students receive a tuition waiver and competitive stipend. Additional funding may be available from the Center for the Economic Analysis of Risk (CEAR) and the Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education.

Our goal is to admit 2-4 students each year. A successful applicant will generally have GMAT scores in the 700s for math and in the mid to high 600s for verbal (or equivalent GRE scores), a high grade point average, and an interest in the insurance and risk management industry broadly defined. Further, the applicant will have a strong interest in pursuing a career in teaching and research. Most accepted students have a master's degree in economics, statistics, or applied mathematics. However, a master's degree is not a requirement for admission.

Our faculty is among the largest in the world when it comes to absolute numbers as well as breadth of expertise. We can tailor a program to fit almost any need. Our program requires all students to take courses in economics, finance, and econometrics, but students can specialize in any area of insurance or risk management from an economics, actuarial science, and finance perspective. Currently, we have Ph.D. students researching in health insurance, social security design, the implications of developing insurance markets on a country's growth, understanding the financial and economic differences between stock and mutual insurance companies, and taxation of the insurance industry. To get an idea about the breadth of possibilities for study at GSU, please see our faculty profiles for information about the interests of the faculty.

We offer fields of specialization in actuarial science, mathematical risk management, and the economics or risk. A field would be selected sometime during the first year and would consist of multiple courses in the selected area. These courses would be selected jointly by the student and the Ph.D. coordinator.

No. Our program is a full-time program admitting students once each year.

This depends upon the background of the student. Our goal is to have students finish in four or five years.


Yes. First, if you are not a native English speaker, you must take and receive a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. The only exception to this rule is if you have already obtained a degree from a U.S. institution. Second, you must be able to show sufficient financial support to obtain a student visa. Please e-mail Adenike Brewington for more information regarding the visa requirements and the TOEFL.

We do not have a quota for people from different countries as we strive for diversity in our student cohorts.