Admission to the Doctoral Program


There is a biannual application deadline for the AICES doctoral program:

Deadlines  Enrollment Period
October 15th February 1 - June 30
April 15th August 1 - December 31

As there are no course requirements for the doctoral program, the actual starting date is negotiable for the time period following a deadline. You may indicate your preferred starting date in your application.

Prospective students should file their application as early as possible to allow sufficient time for planning. It is recommended to apply at least one semester before the intended starting date. Note that decisions on admissions are not usually made before the next regularly scheduled application deadline.


  • a recent Master's degree in CES, engineering, geoscience, mathematics, physics or computer science
  • evidence of English-language skills
  • a high quality of scholarship evident from transcripts and other application materials


Be certain to include all items from our Checklist in your application package:

  •  a signed and completed application form
  • an up-to-date CV
  • transcript(s) from universities you have attended
  • a statement of purpose
  • TOEFL score or other evidence of English skills
  • three letters of recommendation (either written letters of recommendation or our ranking form)
  • GRE Score (just from applicants with degrees of third countries)

To apply send all documents as a PDF(files) to:


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