The Ivy Doctoral Program

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Business and Technology PhD

The doctorate of business and technology program at the Ivy College of Business is a full-time, residential program that focuses on theory and development and will prepare you to transition to academic positions at leading universities in the United States and abroad.  

You can choose from the following specializations: 

Our program will prepare you to conduct and publish scholarly research. In addition to excellent coursework, your education will be enhanced through participation in research seminars, joint research projects with faculty, and participation in academic conferences. As a PhD student, you are strongly encouraged to publish your work in top journals in preparation for future job placement.


Program Duration: 4-5 years 

Program Start Date: Fall 

Final Application Deadline: January 15 

Required Test: GMAT preferred, GRE accepted 

Master’s Degree Requirement: Preferred, but not required 


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Application Process

The Ivy College of Business uses a two-phase application process.

Phase one requires you to submit some of the application materials in addition to the online application, including: 

  • Statement of purpose 
  • Resume or CV 
  • College transcripts 
  • GMAT (school code TNQ-WX-02) or GRE (school code 6306) 

Unofficial records are accepted at this stage. Prospective students are encouraged to submit phase one applications by early to mid-December. Should your credentials meet admission guidelines, you’ll be invited to continue to phase two, which requires additional questions and payment of the application fee. All information from phase one will be forwarded to phase two. Completing phase two is not a guarantee of admission. 

Phase-two applications require the complete list of materials, including: 

    • (GMAT Preferred): 600 minimum GMAT, or equivalent if using GRE
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for international students
    • TOEFL: 600 paper (PBT)
    • 100 Internet (iBT)
    • IELTS: 7
    • PTE: 68
  • College transcripts  
  • Resume or curriculum vitae  
  • Three letters of recommendation  
  • A writing sample is strongly encouraged

Full applications are due by January 15, and will be reviewed by a college committee. Candidates may be invited to participate in an interview as part of the application process.

You will be notified via email of admission decisions by early March. 

Should you be offered admission, official transcripts sent directly from your institution(s) will be required. Transcripts can be mailed directly to: 

Graduate Admissions
100 Enrollment Services Center
2433 Union Dr.
Ames, IA 50011-2042 

Electronic transcripts can be sent to

For questions about the application process, contact us.

Curriculum and Requirements

Our program is highly selective, with up to 12 students admitted annually. Applications are evaluated based on academic merit, compatibility of interests, and research ability. You don’t need a master’s degree for consideration. However, you must have a sufficient business background and are expected to have a base knowledge of applied statistics.  

The program consists of five, inter-related areas:  

  • Core 
  • Specialization 
  • Research methodology and statistics 
  • Minor 
  • Dissertation  

This 74-credit programs requires a minimum of four years to complete. All work, including the dissertation, must be done in residence (on campus). 

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is provided to all students admitted to the PhD program. The financial aid package covers tuition and includes a half-time assistantship stipend to qualified students for four years. The assistantship appointment requires you to work as a research assistant or a teaching assistant for 20 hours per week.  

Graduate assistantships also include health insurance coverage and prescription drug benefits at no cost to you. Coverage for spouses and children may be purchased. Dental insurance may be purchased for an additional fee. 

The college will also provide doctoral students with development funds for implementing research projects and travel associated with research presentations at major academic conferences. 

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