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 during 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 computing technologies within functional areas of a broad range of profit and non-profit organizations.
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, Cognitive Science, 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 information systems and technologies that are of interest to academia and industry alike.
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.
Eller College of Management
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Required test(s): GRE or GMAT, TOEFL
Minimum TOEFL: 90
Minimum IELTS: N/A
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
4832 - University of Arizona
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). 18 dissertation units; 9 minor units.
MIS 531: Enterprise Database Management, 3 units, minimum grade: B
MIS 611A: Design Science Research Methodologies, 3 units, minimum grade: B
MIS 611B: Behavioral Research Methodologies, 3 units, minimum grade: B
MIS 611C: Economics of Information Systems, 3 units, minimum grade: B
MIS 611D: Topics in Data and Web Mining, 3 units, minimum grade: B
MIS 696A: Readings in MIS, 3 units, minimum grade: B
MIS 696D: Models for Quantitative Analysis, 3 units, minimum grade: B
MIS 601: Statistical Foundations of Machine Learning, 3 units, minimum grade: B
MIS 699: Research Workshop (6 units required)
The student should consult his/her major advisor to select two additional quantitative methods courses.
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.
Elective units may include:
-MIS 596A – Special Topics (3 units)
-MIS 510 – Web Mining (3 units)
-MIS 541 – Information System Analysis and Design (3 units)
-MIS 584 – Big Data Technologies (3 units)
-MIS 543 – Business Data Communication and Networking (3 units)
-MIS 561 – Data Visualization (3 units)
18 Dissertation units are required.
Written minor exam.
Oral Comprehensive Exam.
Final Dissertation Defense.
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.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.