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PhD applicants of the MIT Zaragoza PhD Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management must have an undergraduate and a graduate degree (Master level diploma).


First round: February 15, 2017
Second round: April 15, 2017

The Admissions process for academic year 2017-2018 in now open


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Take your time. You do not have to complete the application in one push. Actually, we advise you not to do so. You can return to the application at any time and complete it over the span of weeks. We will not receive the written portion of your application until you have formally submitted on the final page of the application.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for the Online Application

The online application for Fall 2017 admission is now available. All candidates must apply online. Please review the instructions below while you are completing the online application. Each item below corresponds to each of the numbered sections of the online application.

To get started you must first create a user account and password. This will allow you to start an application and save it multiple times prior to submission. PLEASE record your user name and password - we cannot retrieve them for you.

1. Application Information
Please indicate which program(s) you are applying to. There is no application fee to apply to the MIT Zaragoza PhD Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. There is a $75 application fee to apply to the SCM program payable by credit card at the time of submission. The program admits students for September only. Please note that while the official start date is in September, there is a required orientation program that begins in August.

2. Letters of Recommendation
Provide the information for three recommenders capable of judging your professional and/or academic promise (i.e., supervisor, professor). Because our admissions committee focuses on work experience, we urge applicants to provide two letters of recommendations from their professional experience and one academic recommendation letter. When you apply online, you will send a request to your recommenders to submit their recommendation letter online.

You can request letters from your recommenders at any time during the application process. We recommend that you do this as early as possible. Letters of recommendation must be received by the round deadline in order for your application to be considered in that round. We do not accept more than three letters of recommendation.


  1. Enter the requested information about your recommenders and save it.
  2. Visit ‘Letter Status’ to request letters from your recommenders.
  3. Follow the instructions given to send a request to each recommender.
You control when your recommender receives the prompt and are responsible for making sure they have copies of these instructions. You can also edit recommender information (if they have not submitted a letter) and track letters by visiting the Letter Status page. The recommender will be asked to download a copy of our evaluation form in (pdf) or (docx) format. They can upload the filled-in form or a letter responding to the questions in the form (or both in a single file) (PDF).

TIP: Checking the “WAIVE” box communicates to your recommender that you waive the right to view the recommendation that they write. It is generally considered best practice to waive viewing privileges because the recommendation will hold more weight during the application review if the applicant has waived the right to read it.

3. Personal Information
Please be sure to provide your correct e-mail address for correspondence. Most correspondence will be via e-mail.

4. Race/Ethnicity (For U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
Please choose all selections that apply to you. For more information, please see MIT's Policy on Nondiscrimination.

5. Addresses
Admission decision letters will be emailed to you, however; please provide your mailing and permanent addresses for our records.

6. Colleges/Universities Attended
List all colleges and universities attended and upload the corresponding transcripts. Start with the institution at which you completed (or will complete) your undergraduate or Bachelor’s degree. Uploaded copies can be a scan of your official transcript or an unofficial grade report. Official transcripts from the registrar of each undergraduate and graduate college or university you attended are required for all ADMITTED students ONLY. Admission is contingent upon receipt of your official transcripts.


•    If you participated in a study abroad experience and your coursework/credits are indicated on your home institution’s official transcript, you do not need to list this or send an official transcript from that program.
•    Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. If a college or university does not issue transcripts, a certified letter must be provided. It should list courses, grades, degree(s) and date received.

7. Test Scores & Experience
This section provides an opportunity to explain your university’s grading system or GPA scale. Use this section to explain any aspect of your transcript that you think might need clarification. We cannot confirm receipt of your official test scores. If you are admitted and we do not have them on file for verification, we will contact you.


If you have taken the GRE or GMAT exam multiple times, you may report the exams in any order, but please report strictly by exam date (do not mix-and-match the section scores within a set). Official test scores sent directly from the testing service are required in addition to uploaded scores. You may upload your personal copy of the score report or a PDF of any online reporting of the score from the test provider.


Applicants from non-English-speaking nations must offer evidence of written and oral proficiency in the English language by taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please have the official score reports sent directly to our office. To request a waiver (directly in the online application), you must meet one of the following criteria: Received an undergraduate degree (4 years) from a U.S. University or College OR Attended both primary and secondary schools taught in English

•    Resume/CV

Upload your resume directly in the application system. Relevant work experience weighs heavily in SCM admissions decisions. Your resume should be in the standard format, including academic degree information with GPA information following each degree. Please limit your text to a reasonable length, equivalent to a 1-2 page resume.

8. Financial Statement
Indicate here if you wish to be considered for financial assistance and do your best to estimate the assured financial resources that will help fund your education.

9. Subjects Taken
Enter information for subjects taken in your major field, in engineering, in math, in sciences, and in other areas, in that order.

10. Statement of Objectives
Please give your reasons for wishing to do a doctorate in Supply Chain Management. Prepare your statement of objectives and goals in whatever form clearly presents your views. Include as best you can, your particular interests, be they experimental, theoretical, or issue-oriented, and show how your background and MIT's Global SCALE Network programs support these interests. Explain your long-term professional goals. The Admissions Committee will welcome any factors you wish to bring to its attention concerning your academic and work experience to date. The statement should be no longer than 500 words or 1 to 1.5 pages of single spaced text.

The statement should describe how you think, see and feel about the world and your research interests. You should set forth the issues or problems you want to address in the course of your studies, and the setting in which you eventually see yourself working professionally. Your honors, extracurricular activities, and other experiences can be integrated into your Statement of Objectives; telling us how and why what you have done relates to what you propose to study at MIT, and what you plan to do professionally in the future. Do not re-create your CV or resume.

11. Video Statement
As part of your application we need to hear from you in person. You will need webcam capability to complete your application. Please record a video statement (5 minute time limit) answering the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to get a doctorate in supply chain management?
  2. What previous supply chain training or work experience do you have?
  3. Describe the perfect job that you would like to get after you have completed the MIT Zaragoza PhD Program in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  4. What global supply chain problem do you find the most interesting and why?
Technical Support: Use our Help Request Form or contact the Help Desk. For questions about application materials, contact the Admissions Office:

Clara Isabel García
[email protected]
+34 976 070 148
Zaragoza Logistics Center
Edificio Náyade 5
C/Bari 55 (PLAZA)
50197 Zaragoza, Spain