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How to apply to the Ph.D. program in management & organizations.



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Graduates from the Ph.D. program in M&O span the globe.

"The people associated with the Ph.D. program here at the University of Iowa are actively engaged in the lives and development of Ph.D. students. Faculty members, the Ph.D. students who have been in the program for a couple years, and other associated program personnel all consistently demonstrate an interest in the lives of new Ph.D. students and offer guidance and support where needed. Moreover, many peripheral activities take place beyond the classroom that greatly benefit Ph.D. students: research seminars attended with faculty, informal and formal luncheons and dinners with faculty, and a guest lecturer series that exposes students to other perspectives."
—Brian McCormick
recent Ph.D. graduate

Ph.D. Program in Management & Organizations

Kameron Carter and Joya YuCurrent students Kameron Carter and Joya Yu received the Best Student Paper Award from the Research Methods Division for their paper "Incorporating effect size variation into meta-analytic structural equation modeling" presented at the 2015 Academy of Management meetings. Coauthors included Pat Downes (recent Ph.D. alum), and Assistant Professor Ernest O'Boyle.

Iowa's Ph.D. program in management and organizations (M&O) emphasizes individuals and teams as integral components in successful 21st-century organizations. M&O faculty are leaders in the areas of micro-organizational behavior (OB) and human resource management (HRM), gaining worldwide recognition for impactful research and leading the top journals in our field. Among our faculty are some of the "most published authors" in the leading management and applied psychology journals, such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Management, as well as the past editor of Academy of Management Learning & Education and Academy of Management Journal.


The mission of Iowa's Ph.D. program in M&O is to train future scholars for placement in top research and teaching universities. We develop our students to conduct the highest quality applied research, teach to standards of excellence, and be active participants in their local and professional organizations. Graduates of our program are placed in tenure-track positions at accredited universities around the world, where they continue to engage in top-level scholarship, teaching, and service.

Recent News

Faculty Named Influential Scholars

M&O faculty ranked third (behind Harvard and Minnesota and tied with Rutgers) in a list of Influential Scholars in the Field of Management, ranked by the Academy of Management Perspectives. Six M&O faculty members were listed among the 384 most influential scholars, and three faculty members were listed in the top 83 who received their degrees since 1991.

Several Ph.D. students recently received awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship and a first place finish at the Jakobsen Graduate Student Research Conference. View a complete list of honors and awards.

Professor Scott Seiberts

Professor Scott Seibert was just elected to the position of 2015-16 professional development workshop chair for the Careers Division of the Academy of Management. This election leads to a 5-year leadership progression, including the roles of program chair, division chair-elect, division chair, and past division chair.


Ken Brown

Professor Ken Brown was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology (SIOP), the 2015 Iowa Fraternity and Sorority Life Faculty Member of the Year Award, and the Fulbright Specialist Award for South Korea.



Assistant professor Ernest O'Boyle

Assistant Professor Ernest O'Boyle was awarded the 2015 Sage Publications/Research Methods Division/CARMA Early Career Award for the Academy of Management, a 2015 Tippie College Summer Research Grant, and the 2014 Personnel Psychology Best Paper Award for "The Best and the Rest: Revisiting the Norm or Normality of Individual Performance," Personnel Psychology, 65(1), 79-119.