Application Process

Yes, Go to the admissions page for the application form.

The deadline for submitting application materials for Fall 2019 admission is January 15, 2019.

There are five areas in which a student can specialize: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management, Information Systems, or Supply Chain Management.

The minimum score is a 600 and above on the GMAT. We also accept the GRE test score.

Use this code to send your GMAT scores for the PhD in Business and Technology: TNQ-WX-02

We accept copies of test scores for our initial departmental review. However, if accepted, the Office of Admissions will require official test scores be sent directly from the testing institution to their office.

We accept copies of transcripts for our initial departmental review. However, if accepted, the Office of Admissions will require official transcripts be sent directly from your school to their office.

All students admitted into the program will receive funding, so no statement is required by our department. The Office of Admissions may require financial documents.

The code for GMAT to send your scores to Iowa State University is: TNQ-WX-02. To send your GRE score to Iowa State University, use the official school code of 6306.

For processing your application, you will need to pay $100 to Iowa State University for international students and $60 for domestic.  This fee will not be waived under any circumstance.

Application fees can be paid by credit card or e-check for online applications only.

International students for whom English is not their first language will be required to take the TOEFL and submit the test score. The only exception is if the international student completed an undergraduate degree in an English-speaking country.

You can contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-262-3810.

Undergraduate students with an outstanding record and profile can apply to the PhD program.

We look for several factors that signal the potential for a life in academe. These include academic achievements, letters of recommendation that highlight a candidate’s research potential, actual research contributions, statement of purpose, GMAT or GRE scores, passion for academic work, and intellectual curiosity.

The College strongly prefers the GMAT.

Program Information

We expect to admit two students per area specialization each year for a cohort of 10 students. This is dependent on available funding.

Typical students will take four years to complete the program. Some students may take longer particularly if they enter the program without having completed the foundation requirements.

No, the program is rigorous and will require the full attention and application of students. Students are expected to spend significant time with their mentors working on research projects and learning research approaches and philosophies.

Unlike undergraduate or master’s-level education, where individual courses are highly structured learning with many different faculty members is the norm, doctoral education places a greater emphasis on self-directed learning and close relationships with few faculty in a particular area of specialization. Students typically engage in intense reading of academic journal articles and conducting/writing original research. Students are expected to select one or two major areas of expertise within which they can build a research career.