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Choosing the right PhD program

When choosing a PhD program, you have three important questions to ask:

  • Is the program focused enough for me to pursue the research that interests me?
  • Will I have meaningful interaction with faculty who will take an active role in my development?
  • Does the program have a record of placing graduates in tenure-track positions at quality colleges and universities, or executive-level positions in industry?

For all of Tippie’s PhD programs, the answer to those three questions is “yes.”

Upcoming recruiting events

Meet us at two upcoming PhD fairs.

Chicago DocNet

November 16, 2016
Hyatt Regency O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

PhD Project

November 16-18, 2016
Chicago, Illinois

Fields of study

Tippie’s nationally recognized PhD programs are small and collegial to maximize mentoring opportunities and research collaboration among students and faculty. Our programs are led by some of the most productive and respected scholars in their fields. And our graduates have gone on to teach and conduct research at some of the world’s leading universities. Choose from six areas of study.

Dan Collins

PhD in Accounting

Strong placements, faculty mentorship, and the opportunity to work with some of the best researchers in the field. 

Antonio Galvao

PhD in Economics

Designed to prepare students for positions in teaching and research or for work in the government sector or private industry.

Art Durnav

PhD in Finance

Working side by side with researchers in finance and teaching in the classroom prepares you for work in this dynamic field.

Amy Kristoff-Brown

PhD in Management & Organizations

Students have the opportunity to collaborate with the highly respected faculty from this department and enjoy strong placements in academia.

Ann Campbell

PhD in Management Sciences

Specialize in one of three areas: information systems, quantitative methods, and operations management for a career in academia or industry.

Marketing PhD Program

PhD in Marketing

The increase in consumer data provides great fodder for students in the Marketing PhD Program. Placements are both in industry and academia.

Resourced and supported

"PhD programs are hard. But that is the beauty of being at a top-tier program such as Tippie. The resources are here and available to help get through the inevitable tough times in a rigorous program.”

Dan Goering
PhD candidate in management & organizations

It's true—PhD programs can be tough. Research and publication is often an exercise in tenacity, accepting failed submissions, and endless "revise and resubmit" requests. You might work the better part of a decade on a single research paper before it sees publication. 

You can't get through a top-tier PhD program as a lone wolf. You need many sets of hands holding you up, pushing you onward when you really want to throw in the towel. You need access to the best minds, the deepest journal databases, and the most supportive advisors and mentors. That's where we shine. We attract top research talent and devote our time to making sure you have the resources you need to get things done.

PhD writing support

The Frank Business Communication Center provides summer writing support and instruction to Tippie PhD students after their first or second year in their PhD program. Students learn writing strategies to maintain research relevance and rigor without excessive use of jargon. The course addresses clarity, brevity, and the role of narrative in creating a coherent and readable paper.

During the final two weeks of the session students also practice delivering 2-3 minute “elevator pitch” presentations of their research to academics in and outside their discipline to refine expressing the relevance of their research to a potential hiring committee without relying on jargon.

Iowa City: fun and family friendly

PhD programs are four to five years in residence. Spend those years in one of the greatest university towns in the country. Food, music, culture, Big Ten sports, parks, and plenty to keep the family busy. With a close-knit community where everything is a short walk or a bus ride away, being part of Iowa City is hard to beat.

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