Technically, the Ph.D. in MIS is a Ph.D. in Management with a concentration in MIS. However, we usually refer to it as the MIS Ph.D. program or an MIS Ph.D.
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, Psychology, and Sociology, to name a few.
There is a mix of hands-on and theoretical work: students learn how to implement, deploy and evaluate business information systems that are of interest to academia and industry alike. The MIS Ph.D. degree requires a major in MIS plus a minor in a related discipline from another department.
The major course work consists of a set of foundation courses (21 units), quantitative methods (9 units), specialization (6 units), and participation in the MIS research seminar (6 units). The table below lists the major requirements including the required courses.
(21 units required)
MIS 531: Enterprise Database Management
(9 units required)
MIS 601 - Statistical Foundations of Machine Learning
(6 units required)
|The student should consult his/her major advisor to select two courses that contain the basic knowledge in a chosen area of specialization such as Information Technology, Information Economics, Management and Organization, Quantitative Methods and Operations Management.|
|MIS 699: Research Workshop|
Students are required to take courses in one or more minor areas. The minor requirements are determined by the department that offers the minor. Students should consult the major advisor and the minor department for guidance. Some possibilities include cognitive science, communications, computer science, decision science, economics, industrial engineering, linguistics, management and organization, marketing, psychology, sociology, and statistics.
Students must have at least one supporting minor of nine or more units for the PhD. If a doctoral student chooses two supporting minor subjects, each minor must have at least six units of coursework.
Registration Requirements and Procedures
PhD students should let the Program Coordinator know which MIS courses you want to register for each semester. The program coordinator can register you for those courses. Other courses on campus might require special approval. It is up to you to investigate the requirements to register for graduate level courses in other departments.
Flexibility to Meet Your Needs
The MIS Doctoral program offers a high level of flexibility in terms of course work, which is determined by the student's chosen specialization in major and minor. As such, each individual student can work with his/her advisor to design a unique plan of study. The following table gives a sample plan of study to illustrate the basic timeline.
Sample Plan of Study
|Year/Semester||Plan of Study|
|Year 1 - Fall||
MIS 696A, MIS 531, MIS 611A, MIS 596A, MIS 699
|Year 1 - Spring||MIS 611B, MIS 611D, Quant II (multivariate or other quant class) MIS 699|
|Year 1 - Spring - May||Core Exam (Written)|
|Year 2 - Fall||MIS 611C, Quant III, Minor 1, Specialization I, MIS 699|
|Year 2 - Spring||MIS 696D, Minor Course 2, Minor Course 3, Specialization II, MIS 699|
|Year 2 - July||Submit proposal for prelim|
|Year 3 - Fall||Other courses as needed to fulfill specialization, quantitative methods, and/or minor requirements, MIS 699|
|Year 3 - Fall - Mid October||Written Preliminary Exam (Research paper and presentation)|
|Year 3 - Spring||Other courses as needed to fulfill specialization, quantitative methods, and/or minor requirements, MIS 699|
|Anytime before the Oral Comprehensive Exam||Minor Exam (if needed; consult the minor department)|
|Year 3 - Early June *||Oral Comprehensive Exam (oral exam with preliminary dissertation proposal)|
|Year 4 - Fall||Begin dissertation credits|
|Year 4 - Spring||Continue dissertation credits|
|Year 4 - Early June *||Dissertation Defense (Completed dissertation and oral exam)|
This is a sample plan of study. Specific sequence of courses can vary depending on the schedule of courses being offered.
* These exam times are flexible, and students should consult the major advisor for guidance.