Management and Organizations

Plan of Study


"The best thing about the faculty at Iowa is the genuine interest they have in seeing students succeed. Whether it is involving students early on in their doctoral careers on important research projects or catering to individual interests in choosing and delivering class materials, the faculty here are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals."
—Erik Gonzalez-Mule, 3rd-year Ph.D. student

The Ph.D. in management and organizations is intended primarily to prepare students for research and teaching positions in human resource management, organizational behavior, and organizational psychology. We provide rigorous training through course work and mentored research with faculty members in such areas as employee selection, compensation management, motivation and attitudes, teams and group processes, training and development, leadership and person-environment fit. In addition, our revised curriculum emphasizes our strengths in measurement and research methods, with new courses on experimental design, field research, and qualitative research methods, in addition to our world-renowned meta-analysis and measurement courses. Thus, all students participate in a core set of courses in human resource management, organizational behavior, and research methods, but they are also encouraged to pursue elective courses and mentored research with faculty in their area of specialization.

Students need not have a bachelor's or master's degree in business administration to enter the Ph.D. program. However, students without such preparation may have to complete additional course work in order to meet AACSB requirements.

Course Work

Course work centers around three primary areas to provide students with a comprehensive view of the field and a diverse toolkit of research methods. Key courses in these areas are as follows:

Human Resource Management
  • Training and Development 
  • Recruitment & Staffing in Organizations
  • Performance and Career Management
  • Reward Systems

Organizational Behavior

  • Group Processes
  • Leadership
  • Motivation and Attitudes
  • Organizational Theory

Research Methods

  • Measurement
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Experimental Design
  • Field Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods