Information Systems, Ph.D.
The Ph.D. in Information Systems requires 71 credit hours and is an innovative research degree program designed to prepare professionals and research scholars of the highest quality for careers in academic IS units and other organizations. The program enhances the traditional Ph.D. program with four distinctive elements: commitment to practical relevance, emphasis on producing quality teachers, research apprenticeship, and interdisciplinary research. An emphasis on global information technology is available to interested students.
The program is primarily for full-time students and is available to students with master’s degrees in appropriate areas such as business, computer science, public administration, engineering, or the social sciences.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a one-page personal statement and a resume. Applicants should consult the Ph.D. Program Director for specific admission requirements.
Students without a master’s degree in business will need to take additional courses to establish an understanding of business processes.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 71 credit hours
To be taken as needed to remedy deficiencies, in consultation with the Ph.D. Program Director.
|ISM 647||Cognitive Computing and Artificial Intelligence Applications for Business||3|
|ISM 671||Organizing Data for Analytics||3|
|ISM 672||App Design and Programming||3|
|ISM 673||Designing Secure Computer and IoT Networks for Business||3|
|ISM 677||Information Systems Management||3|
Students with no business background must take at least three of the four courses, in consultation with the Ph.D. Program Director.
|MBA 702||Financial and Managerial Accounting||3|
|MBA 706||Marketing Management||3|
|MBA 708||Operations for Competitive Advantage||3|
|Core Courses (18 credits)|
|ISM 785||Theories of Information Systems||3|
|ISM 786||Introduction to Research and Frameworks in Information Systems||3|
|ISM 788||Seminar in IS Research Methods||3|
|Select three courses (9 credits) of the following:||9|
|Seminar in IS Planning, Management, and Global Issues|
|Seminar in Inter-Organizational Systems|
|Sem:Currnt / Emerg Info Tech|
|Seminar in Information Systems Behavioral Topics|
|IS Teaching Education (4-7 credits)|
|Select 4-7 credits *||4-7|
|IS Research Seminars (7-8 credits)|
|Select a minimum of 7 credits taken throughout the program||7-8|
|Supporting Area (9 credits)|
|Select 9 credits *||9|
|Research Methodology (15 credits)|
|Select 15 credits. Possible courses include: *||15|
|Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral and Biological Sciences I|
|Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral and Biological Sciences II|
|Structural Equation Modeling in Education|
|Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry: A Social Justice Approach|
|Dissertation (18-24 credits)|
|Total Credit Hours||71-81|
Chosen in consultation with the Ph.D. Program Director.
Organizational Research Internship
Required of students lacking relevant work experience, as determined by the Ph.D. Program Director.
Two papers must be submitted for publication in conference proceedings or journals prior to taking written comprehensive examinations.
Comprehensive Written Examination
Upon completion of the required course work and research apprenticeship, the student will be eligible to sit for written comprehensive examinations. The major examination will have two parts: the first part will be composed of IS content from various courses and existing literature; the second part will be designed to evaluate the research readiness of the student. Typically, the major examination is given in the fall semester. If the student fails at the first attempt, a second attempt may be allowed by the Ph.D. Program Director.
Following the successful completion of the written comprehensive examination, the student will be given an oral examination by the doctoral Advisory/Dissertation Committee. Upon successful completion of the oral examination, the student may apply for doctoral candidacy.
Following the oral examination, the student will prepare a dissertation proposal that will be defended before the doctoral Advisory/Dissertation Committee. The defense may be attended by others outside the committee.
Dissertation (18-24 credits)
A minimum of 18 credits will be devoted to research that culminates in the preparation of the required doctoral dissertation.