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Information Systems Doctoral Program


The Information Systems field holds exciting opportunities for researchers interested in developing and testing theories about the acquisition, use and impacts of information technology in firms and in society. Because Information Systems is a relatively new discipline, the boundaries of the field continue to develop and change. Thus, the field of Information Systems is open to research using innovative methodologies, which can yield significant contributions to the existing body of theoretical knowledge in both management and the social sciences.

Ph.D. students, upon joining the program, are expected to begin working with faculty members on research projects that will lead to publications in scholarly journals. In addition, in the first two years of the Information Systems Ph.D. Program students develop an array of research skills and a broad familiarity with the information systems research domain. In subsequent years the student will acquire deeper knowledge of a particular area while working with a faculty member in a manner that will lead to the writing of the dissertation as an original contribution to knowledge.

Structure & Requirements

Students in the Information Systems doctoral program follow either the Electronic Commerce track or the Organizational Track. In the first year, IS students in both tracks take courses in Decision Support Systems and Information Systems Readings. IS:EC students also take Electronic Commerce and Microeconomics I and II. IS:OT students also take Research Methodology and Organizational Research Design classes. At the end of the first year, each student writes an original research paper which is reviewed by IS faculty. In the second year, students select two minor fields in order to broaden their scope of knowledge and meet research needs. Students also take a two-course series in statistics to provide the quantitative skills necessary to do empirical research in Information Systems.

Students follow a checklist which shows classes and milestones. However adequate time is allowed for customization and independent research. Many core classes and electives are in other departments, such as Economics, Statistics and Scientific Computation, Management, and Marketing.  Students generally spend 2-3 years in coursework, then 2-3 years focusing on independent study and dissertation. Most students graduate in their fifth year of the doctoral program.


The faculty members in the Information Systems area at the McCombs School of Business are engaged in research to develop and extend our theoretical understanding of information systems and information technologies in a variety of contexts. Currently the Information Systems faculty and Ph.D. students are actively pursuing research on a wide range of topics related to information systems and information technologies, including:

The New Economy
IT/ Client Relationships
The Internet Company
Digital Marketplaces
Electronic Intermediaries
IT Sourcing
Application Service Providers
Software Renting
IT Pricing
Mobile Computing
On-line Trading
Database Management
Active Databases
Real-time Databases
Systems Development Methods
Electronic Commerce
Business Process Engineering
Internet Fraud
Electronic Supply Chains
Enterprise-wide Information Systems
Virtual Work
Collaboration Technologies
New IT Ventures
Public Policy Related to IT
Digital Products
Knowledge Management
Intellectual Property Rights
Business Models
Global E-Commerce
The Business Value of IT
IT Infrastructures