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Management Information Systems

Doctoral Program

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A Doctoral degree in MIS will help to catapult your career into the next stage of professionalism.



MIS Doctoral Student Handbook



View the Fall 2014 Doctoral Handbook here.


Learn and Work with the Best

From pioneering one of the early MIS programs 3-decades ago in 1974 and championing the development of the first ever IS Curriculum in partnership with Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the faculty members in the MIS department at the Eller College of Management, at The University of Arizona have been at the forefront of IS education and research.

With over 80 million in research grants and other state and industry support, our program has initiated and participated in cutting edge research in many fields (e.g. group systems, artificial intelligence, and data management among others) while educating over 3,500 undergraduate, 1,200 graduate and 150 doctoral students.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the UA MIS program among the top 10 in the nation, not once but for over 23 consecutive years.

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.

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