PhD in Information Systems

An Innovative, Research-Oriented Doctoral Program

This PhD program is designed to prepare students primarily for careers as members of faculty in academic information systems units and secondarily as professionals in non-academic research and professional organizations. The program focuses on developing traditional technical and empirical research skills and is also characterized by four distinctive elements that enhance the traditional model:

  • a commitment to practical relevance
  • an emphasis on producing quality teachers
  • a research apprenticeship requirement
  • interdisciplinary research

In addition, interested students can enhance their studies with an emphasis in global information technology.

What You’ll Learn

The primary mission is to prepare graduates to conduct top-quality basic and applied research in Information Systems. In addition, the program includes a commitment to practical relevance, an emphasis on producing quality teachers, a research apprenticeship requirement, and interdisciplinary research.

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Student Success

Universities recruit our graduates

Students graduated recent years were invited by some top universities for faculty positions including Florida International University, James Madison University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Toledo, among others.

Student publications

Current students in this program have papers published in top journals including Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of the Association of Information Systems (JAIS), Information & Management (I&M), Information Systems Frontiers (ISF) and accepted papers in AMCIS and ICIS conferences.

Program Objectives

Basic and advanced theory

Provide training in basic and advanced information systems theory and practice so that students master the technical and conceptual tools needed for conducting high-quality IS research.

Advanced, specialized training

Provide advanced, specialized training in a number of IS disciplines such as enterprise resource planning, global information technology, information resource management, artificial intelligence, data mining, data warehousing, e-commerce, knowledge management, and supply chain management so that students acquire expertise that can be applied in a wide range of academic, government and private sector environments.

Research experiences

Afford structured and supervised research experiences so that students develop the technical, conceptual, and communication skills that are required to conduct high-quality, independent research.

Provide instructional development so that students will be effective teachers.

Program Costs

Full-time students will be awarded a tuition waiver and a graduate assistantship requiring 20 hours of work per week. The assistantship requires the student to work on teaching- and research-related activities.


Kathleen P. and Joseph M. Bryan Fellowship

A Bryan School scholarship named after Joseph and his wife Kathleen is awarded to undergraduate and graduate business students based on academic merit. Numerous students each year enjoy this aid that is offered through the Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Endowment Fund.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the Ph.D. in Information System (IS) program depend on whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. For in-state students, total tuition and fees are approximately $3,700 per semester. For out out-of-state students, total tuition and fees are approximately $10,600 per semester. For detailed information on all tuition and fee charges, see the Cashier’s Office website.

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Dr. Al Salam

Graduate Program Director
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