The Ph.D. in Management Information Systems (Ph.D. in MIS) provides graduates with theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to help them establish successful careers as productive researchers, scientists and scholars at leading universities and research institutes as well as industrial or business organizations. Both the technical aspects and the organizational impact of information management are stressed.
The Ph.D. in MIS provides students with:
- An interdisciplinary business understanding of how technology can affect an organization’s behavior, structure, and function
- A thorough grounding in the fundamental concepts of the design, development, use, and application of information and communication technologies in an organizational setting
- Original knowledge in IS research
- A STEM Degree Program
We are pleased to announce that the UIC Liautaud Master and Ph.D. level programs in Management Information Systems have been approved as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - Designated Degree Programs.
Under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, international students who graduate from colleges and universities in the United States are able to remain in the country and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months. Students who graduate from a designated STEM degree program can remain for an additional 17 months on an OPT STEM extension.
The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business uses a competitive selection process to identify highly motivated professionals looking to take their career to the next level.
Master of Business Administration (MBA): we expect incoming students to have a statistics course with regression analysis within their academic history. This course may be taken before entering the program or during the first semester of study.
A business-related undergraduate degree is not required to be admitted to our master's programs. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0. If you are an international student, you are required to submit official transcripts and degree certificates so that we are able to verify the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
Work experience is an important criterion for being selected for the UIC Liautaud MBA program as we strive to create an environment where students learn from the professional experiences of one another. This creates a dynamic learning environment which enhances the student’s overall experience in the program. Specialized master’s degree programs (MSA, MIS) do not use work experience as part of their selection criteria.
GMAT: Our average GMAT score for each incoming class is approximately 600, across all programs. Our typical score range is 500-700. The score is important as it helps determine your ability to perform well in our courses.
GRE: The admissions committee prefers a combined verbal/quantitative score of 300 or higher on the newest GRE scale. Please note that we do not waive these exams in lieu of work experience, prior degrees earned, prior academic performance/ GPA, or any other factors. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for up to 5 years. Please contact the testing company for full details.
Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS. Paper-based exam - 550 Computer-based exam - 213 IBT Scores: Writing - 21 Speaking - 20 Listening - 17 Reading - 19 Total score - 80 IELTS Scores: Listening - 6.0 Writing - 6.0 Reading - 6.0 Speaking - 6.0 Total Score - 6.5 Please note TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years. Please contact the testing company for full details.
Letters of Recommendation
We require two letters of recommendation from references who know you in a professional manner and can attest to your professional abilities. Specialized master’s degree programs also accept letters from previous professors who can speak to your academic abilities.
This section of the application provides you with the opportunity to discuss your career goals and why you think the UIC Liautaud program is a good fit.
2 to 4 years
The Ph.D. in management information systems focuses on an interdisciplinary business understanding of how technology can affect an organization's behavior, structure, and function and on the effective use and control of information and computer systems by management; both the technical aspects and the organizational impact of information management are stressed.
Breadth work Requirement
Two introductory courses in any two functional areas of business [for example, operations management (IDS 532), accounting (ACTG 500), economics (ECON 520,521), finance (FIN 500), marketing (MKTG 500) or management (MGMT 541)]. These courses will not count towards the 64 semester hours required for entrants with a master's degree.
Data Structures and Operating Systems(IDS 401), Business Systems Analysis & Design(IDS 405), and Business Database Design(IDS 410). Each course may be waived based on equivalent prior coursework or appropriate work experience in the technical area. These courses will not count towards the 64 semester hours required for entrants with a master's degree.
Basic Competency Advanced database management (IDS 520), distributed processing and telecommunication systems (IDS 521), and enterprise application infrastructure (IDS 517). Each course may be waived based on equivalent prior coursework or appropriate work experience in the technical area.
3-4 courses (12-16 semester hours) Including statistical methods in research, behavioral research methods overview, quantitative methods in research and additional courses to be decided in consultation with the director of the Ph.D. program.
Minimum of six courses (24 credit hours) including two IDS research seminars (IDS 529), three specialized courses in areas of individual interest, IS research topics (IDS 525), and additional courses in consultation with the director of the Ph.D. program.
Additional doctoral-level coursework, including dissertation: at least 8 courses (32 semester hours minimum.
IDS 599: Ph.D. Thesis Research or additional doctoral-level coursework chosen with the consent of the Ph.D. coordinator and in consultation with the dissertation adviser. A maximum of 32 semester hours of thesis research can count toward the degree.
An evaluation will be held at the end of the spring semester each year that the student is in the program. The evaluation will be conducted by a student committee which will include the Ph.D. director as the chairperson, the student's mentor and the entire IDS faculty who taught the student during that year. The committee will administer a written exam each year until the student passes the preliminary examination. The committee will determine the type and scope of the exam.
The preliminary examination is normally taken upon successful completion of the required coursework. In exceptional cases, the examination may be taken earlier upon the recommendation of the MIS director of doctoral studies and the student's Ph.D. adviser. The Graduate College requires that "the preliminary examination may not be given before one calendar year of residence nor later than one calendar year before the defense of the dissertation."
The preliminary examination consists of an oral examination of the dissertation proposal and related material. The examination may cover any issues relevant to the topic addressed in the proposal and Ph.D. common core and basic knowledge in the field of specialization related to the proposal.
A dissertation, which makes an original contribution to knowledge in MIS, is required and must be defended. Dissertations may address theoretical or applied problems. In most cases, a minimum of 24 semester hours will be required to prepare a dissertation acceptable to the committee. Up to 32 semester hours of credit can be awarded for successful completion of a dissertation.
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Last updated February 14, 2018