Business and Technology


Program Information:

Program Statement:
    The doctorate 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. 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.
Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Entrepreneurship (Ph.D.)
  • Finance (Ph.D.)
  • Management (Ph.D.)
  • Management Information Systems (Ph.D.)
  • Marketing (Ph.D.)
  • Supply Chain Management (Ph.D.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Learning Outcome #1: Understanding and advancing knowledge This objective is measured through the use of a comprehensive exam in each area of study. If a student does not pass this exam after two attempts, they are dismissed from the program. In the past three years, a total of 23 students have taken the comprehensive exam. Among those students, none of them have failed to pass the exam, yielding a 100% proficiency rate.
  • Learning Outcome #2: Creating knowledge through original research The measurement for this objective is currently under review. While each of our graduates is expected to complete a dissertation, knowledge creation is also demonstrated through the submission acceptance of pure review journal articles while in the PhD program.
  • Learning Outcome #3: Ability to teach effectively in an institution of higher education This objective is measured through student evaluations of teaching and peer evaluation of the PhD student’s teaching performance. Student evaluation of teaching is done each semester for all instructors of record. Our evaluation instrument is on a scale of 1(poor) to 5(excellent).
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 5.0 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: No data

Program Contact:

Contact: Brenda Carr
Phone: 515 294 2474
E-mail Address:

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements: International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
    IELTS 7
    PTE 68
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    The application deadline for enrollment is January 15. Fall admissions only. All areas of emphasis accept students every fall, except for Finance. Finance accepts students in odd years only starting fall 2023.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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