Contact Information

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


Debbie Johnson
1360 Gerdin Business Building


Application Process


Q: Is it possible to apply to the program online?
A: Yes, Go to the admissions page for the application form.


Q: What is the application deadline?
A: The deadline for submitting application materials for Fall 2017 admission is January 15, 2017.


Q: What areas of specialization are available?
A: There are five areas in which a student can specialize: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management, Information Systems, or Supply Chain Management.


Q: Will you accept GRE scores instead of GMAT?
A: Yes.


Q: What is the minimum acceptable GMAT/GRE score?
A: The minimum score is a 600 and above on the GMAT.  In the case of GRE, the combined verbal and quantitative score needs to be above 1300 (old score). and above 310 (new score).


Q: What is the code I should use to send my GMAT scores to Iowa State University?
A: Use this code to send your GMAT scores for the Ph.D. in Business and Technology: TNQ-WX-02


Q: Do you accept copies of test scores?
A: Test scores must be received directly from the testing services; no copies will be accepted.


Q: Do you accept notarized copies of transcripts?
A: Original transcripts must be submitted. No copies, even notarized ones, will be accepted.


Q: Do international students have to submit a financial support statement?
A: All students admitted into the program will receive funding, so no statement is required.


Q: What are the score report codes of GMAT and GRE?
A: 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.


Q: What is the application fee?
A: 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.


Q: How can I pay the application fee? 
A: Application fees can be paid by credit card or e-check for online applications only.


Q: Is TOEFL required?
A: 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.


Q: If I have made an error in my online application, who should I call?
A: You can call the Graduate Programs Office in the College of Business—send an e-mail with information on changes to


Q: Can I apply to the PhD program without a Master’s degree?
A: Undergraduate students with an outstanding record and profile can apply to the Ph.D. program.


Q: How will my application be evaluated?
A: 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.


Q: Which test is appropriate—GMAT or GRE?
A: The College strongly prefers the GMAT.




Q: What funding is available for doctoral students?
A: All students admitted into the doctoral program will receive tuition scholarships and stipends. Students will however have to maintain good standing in the program to continue to receive the scholarship. In addition, university fellowships and scholarships may be available to students according to their qualification. The student will be required to provide 20 hours per week of research or teaching assistance to assigned faculty. Beginning in the third year, students will be given the opportunity to teach in the undergraduate program.


Program Information


Q: How many students do you admit each year?
A: We expect to admit between 6 to 10 students each year, depending on available funding.


Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: 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.


Q: Can I attend part-time so I may continue working?
A: 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.


Q: How would you describe a doctoral student’s life?
A: 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.


A shortage of business faculty with doctoral degrees has troubled academia for more than a decade...the AACSB report predicted that the U.S. shortage of business Ph.D.s would reach 2,419 by the end of this decade.