Program Overview

The Business and Technology Ph.D. 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:


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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 Ph.D. program (see: Academic Prerequisites). It is expected that students will require a minimum four years to complete the program.


As is true of Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. in Accounting or Finance


What Graduates Have to Say


“The Iowa State University College of Business was an ideal place for me to pursue my Ph.D. I enjoyed working with various faculty members both within and outside my committee. They always provided to me honest feedback and challenged me to stretch and grow. There was constant encouragement that helped me build my independent research stream, have multiple research publications, and eventually contributed to me finding a rewarding career at a top tier research university. My educational experience at Iowa State University College of Business was truly remarkable.”

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


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