Graduate Student Services

Welcome to the Ivy College of Business! We are excited to have you with us and look forward to working with you as you earn your degree.

Meet us

Graduate students in the Ivy College of Business have a strong support system of staff members. They are here for you every step of your journey, from admission to landing your dream career.

New student orientation

We’re excited to welcome and onboard our new students.  For students beginning in the fall and summer, we will host orientation during the month of August. All Ivy graduate students will be invited to an orientation the week before classes begin (exact dates will be communicated in mid-summer).

For students beginning in the spring term, we will host an orientation session for all Ivy graduate students the week prior to the spring start of the term (exact dates will be communicated).

Individual programs may coordinate additional meetings for you to meet directly with your Director of Graduate Education (DOGE) or advisor. Watch for communication from them regarding these details.

For any questions regarding new student orientation, please contact


Graduate programs advising varies by academic program. See below and click on the advisor/Director of Graduate Education (DOGE) name to send an email to connect.

Master’s Degree Advisor Director of Graduate Education (DOGE)
Full-time MBA Sarah Wilson Valentina Salotti
Professional MBA Sarah Wilson Valentina Salotti
Master of Accounting Brandi Moormann Kayla Sander, Christine Denison
Master of Healthcare Analytics and Operations Kevin Scheibe, Scott Grawe Kevin Scheibe, Scott Grawe
Master of Finance Travis Sapp Travis Sapp
Master of Information Systems Brandi Moormann Ray Chen
Master of Business Analytics Brandi Moormann Sree Nilakanta
Master of Real Estate Development James Spiller James Spiller
Master of Entrepreneurship Pol Herrmann Pol Herrmann
Graduate Certificate Advisor Director of Certificate (DOC)
Certificate in Finance Travis Sapp Travis Sapp
Certificate in Business Analytics Brandi Moormann Sree Nilakanta
Certificate in Entrepreneurship Pol Herrmann Pol Herrmann
Certificate in Digital Marketplace Analytics Sree Nilakanta-COB; Ann Marie Fiore-AESHM Sree Nilakanta – COB; Ann Marie Fiore – AESHM
Certificate in Enterprise Cybersecurity Kevin Scheibe Kevin Scheibe
Certificate in Supply Chain Management Scott Grawe Scott Grawe

Curriculum and course offerings

Our curriculum covers the following topics:

  • Leadership speaker series
  • Strategy and executive leadership
  • Corporate social responsibility and ethics
  • Organizational behavior
  • Human resource analytics
  • Economics of commodity markets
  • Accounting for executive management
  • Food and agriculture traceability (Washington D.C.)
  • International business experience
  • Food, agriculture, and biosystems boot camp
  • Information systems and analytics
  • Supply chain management
  • Managerial finance
  • Marketing

The Ivy College of Business currently has six graduate certificate programs, including:

Most certificates require 12 credits (digital marketplace analytics is 15 credits) – with approval of the director of graduate education (DOGE), all 12 or 15 credits may apply towards a future Ivy graduate program. Certificates may be earned before, after, or concurrently with a master’s or doctoral degree. Credit from a previously earned master’s or doctoral degree from Iowa State University cannot be applied toward a future Ivy certificate.

The Ivy College of Business offers a business administration minor to students with majors outside the college. In order to obtain a graduate minor in business administration at Iowa State University, a student must complete 18 credit hours of the required core courses for the major in business administration.

Earn an Ivy College of Business master’s degree at the same time you’re earning your bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University through our concurrent programs. Consider this opportunity to complete your master’s degree faster by sharing up to six credits between your undergraduate and graduate degree.

The Ivy College of Business currently offers the following concurrent degree programs:

Earn an Ivy College of Business master’s degree at the same time you complete another masters degree though our Ivy double degree programs.  A double graduate degree from the Ivy college of business provides options for combining the comprehensive management education of the MBA with a specialized study in another master’s degree program, or combining two Ivy specialty master’s degrees. Many courses count for both degrees, saving you time and money.

The Ivy College of Business currently offers the following double degree programs:

Register for classes

Courses and Registration

Students register for classes one semester at a time, in consultation with their academic advisor. The  schedule of classes  is available online, and students register for classes in  AccessPlus, the university’s student records system. For all the details and deadlines, visit the  registration page. View Graduate Business current course offerings.

You can register for classes on AccessPlus.

  • Specialty master’s students will work with their DOGE or academic advisor for assistance registering.
  • You will receive a date and time that you will be able to begin registration for each semester. If you have any problems registering, please contact Lacy Greenfield at Your class schedule will be posted on AccessPlus, too.
  • For MBA students, the MBA staff will register you for the first semester of your core classes. After your first semester, you will be responsible for registering for classes in a timely manner.

Preparing for graduation

As you approach graduation, there are important steps you’ll need to follow. Students are encouraged to complete these steps as early in the semester as possible. See full details on the Graduate College’s graduation process.

1) Program of Study Committee (POSC), due semester prior to graduation

  • POSC form is available in AccessPlus > Student > Grad Stdnt Status > My POSC Form.
  • POSC must be approved by the Graduate College no later than the end of the term before your graduation term. For example, if you plan to graduate in May 2023 (end of spring semester), plan to work on this over Thanksgiving break.

2) Once POSC is approved, apply for graduation, due semester prior to graduation

  • Apply for graduation (regardless of whether or not you will attend the in-person ceremony) through AccessPlus at the “Grad Stdnt Status” page.

3) Are you a Masters of Information Systems (MSIS) major? If yes, go to Step 4. All other majors, skip to Step 6.

4) Schedule your final oral exam with your committee and once scheduled, submit a request for final oral examination to the Graduate College; it will vary each semester, a request must be submitted three weeks prior (no late requests will be accepted.)

  • Contact the Ivy College of Business graduate programs office for assistance scheduling a room
  • Submit the final oral Online Examination Request form to the Graduate College at least three weeks prior to your scheduled exam. Students who do not meet this deadline will have their graduation cancelled by the Graduate College.
  • If you are unable to attend your final oral examination in-person, you will need to complete the final oral Examination with Student at a Distance form.

5) Submit your creative component to ISU Digital Repository

  • Create an account in the ISU Digital Repository
  • Submit your creative component to the Graduate College via the Creative Component Submission form.
  • The Graduate College requires all students to submit their creative component, but they do not review the contents. Meaning, if your committee has approved your final oral exam/graduation, this is what determines if you have successfully completed the program.

6) Final Steps

Graduation events

As an Ivy graduate student you have a lot to celebrate! We know you’ve put in many hours of study and we are so proud of you! Invite your family, friends and cheering section to join you. At the Ivy College of Business convocation, hosted at Hilton Coliseum, your Ivy faculty and staff will be there to congratulate you and your peers.

During the 60-75 minute ceremony, you’ll sit with other students in your program, cross the stage as your name is read, have your picture taken, and receive a small gift. Seating is unlimited at Hilton and tickets are not required for admission. You’ll be invited to RSVP through email two or three weeks prior to convocation.

Diplomas are not handed out at the Ivy College of Business convocation ceremony, but rather can be:

Want more celebration? Consider attending the university graduate college ceremony. If you are a concurrent undergraduate/graduate student you may also attend your undergraduate program’s convocation event. There are many options for you to select from, but please RSVP so that event coordinators know to expect you. Approximately six weeks after the start of the semester, the “diploma/ceremony” option under “graduation” on AccessPlus will become available. At this time, you will be able to sign up for the ceremony, the college convocation, as well as the diploma delivery option.

Students who graduate in the summer have the option to attend the spring or the fall ceremony. Make sure you apply for summer since that is when you will complete all degree requirements. If you choose to walk in the spring, the “diploma/ceremony” option will be available in March. If you choose to walk in the fall ceremony, that option will be available in mid-June.

Graduates must wear full regalia for university ceremonies. You can rent or purchase your regalia at the University Bookstore.
Watch a quick tutorial on how to wear your regalia

Ivy graduate students will wear the following regalia:

  • Masters gown
  • Drab masters hood
  • Cap
  • Black tassel

Learn more about graduation at the university’s graduation FAQ page.

Undergraduate Student Services

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Undergraduate Programs Office
1200 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011-2027

Career Services

Raisbeck Career Services Center
1320 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

International Programs

International Programs Office
2139 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

Graduate Student Services

Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office
1420 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

Graduate Career Services

Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office
1420 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027

Writing and Speaking Center

Ivy College of Business
Writing and Speaking Center
2148 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, IA 50011-2027