Doctoral Overview

Learn and Work with the Best

From pioneering one of the early MIS programs four decades ago in 1974 and championing the development of the first ever IS Curriculum in partnership with Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the faculty members in the MIS department at the Eller College of Management, at The University of Arizona have been at the forefront of IS education and research.

MIS doctoral students learn from world reknown professorsWith over $200 million in research grants and other state and industry support, our program has initiated and participated in cutting edge research in many fields (e.g. group systems, artificial intelligence, and data mining among others) while educating over 5,800 undergraduate, 1,600 Master's, and 170 doctoral students.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the UA MIS program among the top 5 in the nation, not once but every year since the inception of the rankings in 1989.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Management with a major in Management Information Systems (MIS) is the highest academic honor an institution can bestow to its students. The doctoral program is rigorous with an aim to train and prepare students to be critical and creative independent thinkers. An MIS Ph.D. gives students the ability to perform critical analysis of existing work, and to undertake research studies to advance academic understanding in the MIS field in the course of their Ph.D. studies and in their subsequent career.

The MIS Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students for teaching and research careers involving the design, analysis, implementation, and operation of computer-based information systems and other associated organizational and economic issues. MIS involves the use of computers in organizations and the integration of computer skills with the functional areas of management.

The MIS Ph.D. program starts with a solid foundation in research methodology. Building on this, it offers a unique synthesis of state of the art technologies and approaches from Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Economics, Operations Management, Statistics, and Socio-technical networks, to name a few.

Our premier faculty stands ready to mentor students and guide their entry into the many possible avenues of MIS scholarly pursuits. There is a mix of hands-on and theoretical work: the students learn how to implement, deploy, and evaluate business information systems that are of interest to academia and industry alike.