Requirements

  • Total hours required: 74-84 credit hours
  • Major: 21 credit hours
  • Supporting area: 9 credit hours
  • Research methodology: 15 credit hours
  • Teaching education: 4-7 credit hours
  • Research seminars: 7-8 credit hours
  • Dissertation: 18-24 credit hours

Leveling Courses/Prerequisites

To be taken as needed to remedy deficiencies, in consultation with the PhD Program Director.

  • ISM 671 Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 672 Web Programming (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 673 Telecommunications and Distributed Networks (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 674 Systems Analysis and Design (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 677 Information Systems Management (3 credit hours)

Students with no business background must take at least three of the four courses, in consultation with the PhD Program Director.

  • MBA 702 Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credit hours)
  • MBA 706 Marketing Management (3 credit hours)
  • MBA 708 Operations for Competitive Advantage (3 credit hours)
  • MBA 709 Human Capital in Organizations (3 credit hours)

Major (21 credit hours)

  • ISM 753 Seminar in IS Planning, Management and Global Issues (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 754 Seminar in Inter-Organizational Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 755 Seminar on Current and Emerging Information Technologies (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 756 Seminar in Information Systems Behavioral Topics (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 785 Theories of Information Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 786 Introduction to Research and Frameworks in Information Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ISM 788 Seminar in IS Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Supporting Area (9 credit hours)

Courses chosen in consultation with the PhD Program Director.

Research Methodology (15 credit hours)

Courses chosen in consultation with the PhD Program Director. Possible courses include:

  • STA 661 Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral and Biological Sciences I (3 credit hours)
  • STA 662 Advanced Statistics in the Behavioral and Biological Sciences II (3 credit hours)
  • STA 671 Multivariate Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • ERM 731 Structural Equation Modeling in Education (3 credit hours)
  • ELC 665 Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry (3 credit hours)

Teaching Education (4-7 credit hours)

Courses chosen in consultation with the PhD Program Director.

Organizational Research Internship

Required of students lacking relevant work experience, as determined by the PhD Program Director.

Research Seminars (7-8 credit hours)

A minimum of 7 hours taken throughout the program.

Research Apprenticeship

Two papers must be submitted for publication in conference proceedings or journals prior to taking written comprehensive examinations.

Comprehensive Exams

The major exam has two parts. The first part is composed of IS content from the various courses and elsewhere. The second part is designed to evaluate the research readiness of the student. Typically, the major exam is given once in the Fall semester and once in the Spring semester. If the student fails at the first attempt, a second chance may be allowed by the PhD committee/Director.

Oral Exam

Following the written comprehensive exam, the student is given an oral exam by a four-member committee. On successful completion of the oral exam, the student applies for doctoral candidacy.

Proposal Defense

The student will prepare a dissertation proposal, which will involve a thorough investigation of a basic and significant problem or question within the major area of study. The completed proposed research should be substantially original in research material and interpretation and make a contribution to the existing field of knowledge. The proposal would be defended before the dissertation committee. The defense may be attended by others outside of the committee. The dissertation committee will be comprised of four members: three from the department and one from outside, typically from the supporting area. The committee will be chaired by one of the major area members.

Dissertation (18-24 credit hours)

Upon completion of the dissertation, it will be defended in front of the dissertation committee. The defense may be attended by others outside of the committee.