Contact Information

Joey George, Ph.D.
Director, Ph.D. Program
3311 Gerdin Business Building
Ames, IA 50011


Deborah Martinez
Assistant to the Director
1360 Gerdin Business Building
Ames, IA 50011

Program Updates

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 four critical resources of any organization:

  • Customers
  • Supply chain
  • Information infrastructure
  • People

Because management of these resources requires organizations to depend on all functional areas within the firm as well as partners outside the firm, adopting an inter-functional, inter-disciplinary approach is essential. Accordingly, the program and course content have been designed so that students can understand and appreciate the inter-functional, inter-disciplinary nature of business problems and situations that arise in these four areas.


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 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.

For more information please visit Funding.


At the current time

We do not offer a PhD in Accounting or Finance



"This is the Iowa State University of Science and Technology, so we wanted to be sure that technology was emphasized. That’s how we differentiate our program from others. Our students will clearly understand the role of technology in strategic management."


Michael Crum
Professor of Supply Chain Management in the College of Business

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