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Management (PHD) - Management Information Systems 
Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy in Management with a major in Management Information Systems 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 Ph.D. degree in Management with a major in Management Information Systems (MIS) 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, Groupware, 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.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Management & Organizations -

The Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, and excellence in entrepreneurship. The College is AACSB accredited and leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research and supports more than 4,500 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.

The University of Arizona is located in the heart of Tucson, Arizona, a metropolitan area of more than one million people. Surrounded by mountains and the exotic Sonoran desert, this area enjoys 350 days of sunshine per year. The UA is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a group of 62 leading U.S. universities distinguished by the breadth and quality of their programs in research and graduate education. The UA has 20 colleges and over 160 degrees from top-ranked programs in physical and life sciences, business and management, and social sciences.

College of Management  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Cinda Sue Van Winkle
Graduate Program Coordinator
Cinda Sue Van Winkle
Director of Graduate Studies
Joseph S Valacich
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • For domestic students a Bachelor's degree from an regionally accredited college or university. For international students an US comparable Bachelor's degree.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Copies of GMAT or GRE scores (uploaded during online application process)
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores (test must have been taken within the last five years of intended term of enrollment. No score minimum)
  • Copies of TOEFL scores (uploaded during online application process)
  • Official TOEFL scores (for international applicants only who have not graduated from a US institution. Test must have been taken within two years of the intended term of enrollment. Minimum score of 90 internet based testing)
  • Copies of official transcripts/academic records (uploaded during online application process)
  • Official transcripts/academic records (official documents needed ONLY after being admitted into program.)
    • From a US institution: Final, official transcript showing degree awarded with conferred date
    • From an international institution: Final, official transcripts/academic records showing degree awarded with conferred date and/or official degree/diploma certificate
      More details here on accepted transcripts/academic records
  • Resume which includes work experience with dates of employment (uploaded during online application process)
  • Three letters of recommendation (uploaded during online application process)
  • Completed Graduate College Application (including $75 processing payment)
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE or GMAT, TOEFL
Required GRE Subject tests:

Recommended tests:
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Minimum GRE Verbal:
Minimum GRE Quantitative:
Minumum GRE Written:
Minimum GMAT:
Minimum MAT:
Minimum TOEFL: 90
Minimum IELTS: N/A

Financial Aid
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 1
  • International Applicants:
  • Fall: January 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832 - University of Arizona

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

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).

Minor Requirements

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.



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Last revised 10 Oct 2016