Doctor of Management Admission Information

The Weatherhead School of Management is seeking creative practitioner-scholars who desire to hone their critical and analytical thinking skills and to form a learning community that promotes participants’ intellectual development and adds to the knowledge and understanding of evidence-based management.

Ideal Candidates

  • Hold a graduate or professional degree
  • Have at least 15 years of work and leadership experience
  • Are dedicated to creative leadership, continuing intellectual development, creating a collaborative learning experience and enhancing their communities as well as their organizations
  • Are committed to completing a rigorous three-year doctoral program requiring periodic residencies at Weatherhead and at least 30 hours of study per week

Application Deadlines

  • June 30, 2015 (August enrollment)
  • Applicants are reviewed and admitted on a rolling basis
  • Early application is encouraged because class size is limited


Tuition for 2014-15 for the DM program is $50,000, or $25,000 per semester. Total tuition for students entering fall 2013 is $150,000 for the three-year program.*

Tuition covers university fees, instruction, library services, meals (continental breakfast and lunch) during on-site residency sessions and other miscellaneous expenses. Students are responsible for purchasing their books and all costs relating to lodging and transportation to and from the on-campus residencies.

Participants are responsible for their own program costs, although in some cases, the employer’s organization either pays the costs or reimburses the participant partially or in full.

View the payment schedule.

*Tuition rates are subject to change and approval by the Board of Trustees.

Financing your degree

Nonprofit Fellowships

Qualified applicants working in the public and nonprofit sectors may seek partial nonprofit fellowships.

Financial Aid

Application for need-based financial aid is a separate process from application for program admission. These funding opportunities are administered by Case Western Reserve University’s Office of Financial Aid and are available for domestic applicants only.

Required Application Materials

The following materials will be required to complete your application:

  • Official transcripts
  • Seven or eight essays
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation that include:
    • The recommender's name, title, organization and mailing address
    • The length of time the recommender has known the applicant
    • The recommender's role or capacity in their interaction with the applicant
    • The recommender’s evaluation of the applicant’s potential to be an active, involved and successful participant in the DM program
  • Application fee of $100

Qualified applicants will be selected for a personal admission interview.

Detailed instructions are available in our online application. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Sue Nartker, managing director of the DM program, at 216.368.1943.

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Download the application