Ph.D. in Business Administration (Information Systems)

The Ph.D. program in Business Administration (Information Systems) provides students with rigorous training in advanced theoretical and applied/interdisciplinary issues in the field of Information Systems. A hallmark of our program is close collaboration between students and faculty, through which students learn to create their own research agendas and develop their teaching skills. The program prepares students mainly for academic positions; nonetheless, some students may choose to land research positions in industry or government. The program requires about two years of coursework and two to three years of dissertation work. 

Upon completion of the PhD program, students will:

  • acquire a broad and deep understanding of the theories and methods in behavioral and technical Information Systems research.
  • be able to create a research agenda in Information Systems and independently conduct research.
  • be able to develop methodological skills to design and conduct research as well as proficiency in data science techniques (statistical and machine learning) to analyze research data.
  • be able to develop the necessary communication skills to effectively explain, both orally and in writing, the results of applied, theoretical, and interdisciplinary research in Information Systems.
  • be able to develop Information Systems teaching skills at the academic level.

Program Director: Dr. Arash Barfar

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