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PhD Program

PhD Program

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The Iowa State University Business and Technology PhD program is a full-time residential program. The program will focus on theory development and testing in areas relating to the management of five critical resources of any organization.

The PhD program is among the first inter-disciplinary programs in business in the country. Although companies have adopted an integrated, inter-disciplinary stance, most PhD programs around the country are traditional in nature, focusing instead on functional areas of business.

While its primary focus is inter-disciplinary, our program also facilitates students to obtain specialized knowledge in one of the traditional functional areas of business such as marketing, management, operations, and logistics.


The doctoral program in Entrepreneurship (ENT) prepares an aspiring group of doctoral students to conduct and publish scholarly research in the fields of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Management.

Information Systems

The PhD program in Information Systems (IS) is designed to develop future scholars to excel in basic and applied research in the field of information systems.


The doctoral program in management (MGMT) prepares doctoral students to publish scholarly research in the fields of Strategy, Organizational Behavior, Entrepreneurship, and Human Resource Management.


The marketing (MKT) PhD program at ISU prepares a select group of students for their research and teaching careers in academia. Our program aspires to train students so that they are placed in research-oriented universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Supply Chain Management

The doctoral program in Supply Chain Management (SCM) prepares doctoral students to publish scholarly research in the fields of logistics, transportation, and operations management.


“The Iowa State University College of Business was an ideal place for me to pursue my PhD I enjoyed working with various faculty members both within and outside my committee.”

Saurabh Ambulkar, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA

“The Iowa State University College of Business doctoral program is truly unique in the helpful attention that all of the faculty and staff offer to every doctoral student.”

David Correll, Assistant Professor at Clark University, Worcester, MA

“The faculty members are willing to support and guide all doctoral students. I appreciate the training I received to become an independent researcher and teacher, which helps me prepare my academic career.”

Yuanfeng Cai, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Baruch College, City University of New York

“I still have very close relationships with many of the faculty and students I worked with while in Ames and I often collaborate on new research projects with them. ”

Andrew Harrison, Assistant Professor of Operations, Business Analytics, and Information Systems University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
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“I am especially appreciative of the mentorship and training I’ve received throughout the program. It has prepared me (and continue to) to move in the direction of conducting high standard scholarship.”

Jenny (Meng-Hsien) Lin, Assistant Professor of Marketing at California State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA
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“I feel proud to have graduated with a Marketing PhD from the Iowa State University and I encourage and wish you the very best to be part of this wonderful and important journey in your career.”

Arunachalam Swaminathan, Assistant Professor at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India

PhD News

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College of Business’ first PhD graduate Jing Dai was accepted to the brand new College of Business doctoral program in the fall 2009, and was CoB’s first doctoral program graduate in 2013! This was very [...]

Curriculum & Requirements

The curriculum is comprised of 74 credits of coursework, including a minimum of 18 credits of business graduate coursework that must be completed before admission to the PhD program (see: Academic Prerequisites). It is expected that students will require a minimum four years to complete the program.

As is true of PhD programs in any field, the primary focus of our program will be on research. The program has been designed to help students develop excellent research skills and the ability to conduct high quality scholarly research.

Moreover, because most of our doctoral students will pursue careers in academia, the program also emphasizes the development of pedagogical skills and a student’s passion for teaching and ability to teach.

The program will require full-time participation of students. Learning outside the classroom under the guidance of faculty mentors will be a key component of doctoral education. Students can expect to invest 50 or more hours per week in classroom-related and outside the classroom learning activities. It will not be suitable for individuals seeking a part-time learning experience or for individuals seeking graduate distance education.


Financial aid is provided to all students admitted to the PhD program. The financial aid package will include coverage of tuition fees and half-time assistantship stipend. The assistantship appointment will require students to work as a research or a teaching assistant.

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At the current time

We do not offer a PhD in Accounting or Finance