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Doctoral Program in Computer Information Systems, (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. program in Computer Information Systems seeks to develop doctoral students with excellence in conducting basic and applied research in the field of Information Systems and in university teaching. The program provides  rigorous and in-depth courses of study that emphasizes the theoretical knowledge as well as methodological background (in quantitative, qualitative and design science research).

The program requires a full-time commitment. On average, students complete the program in four years. All requirements for the degree, including the dissertation, must be completed within seven years from the time of entry into the program.

THE Ph.D. PROGRAM IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS
The Department of Computer Information Systems has a one of the largest and most reputed faculty in the world. The Ph.D. program in the department is designed to develop theoretical and methodological competencies in a wide variety of topics in the field of information systems. The faculty is very prolific in research and publishes articles in the most prestigious journals in the field including Management Information Systems Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering, ACM Transactions on Database Systems, Decision Support Systems and many others.

OUR OBJECTIVE
To produce PhD graduates who can conduct outstanding academic research, publish in premier academic journals, obtain tenure track faculty positions at research universities and excel in the classroom.

ADMISSION
The Department of Computer Information Systems generally admits students each year in the fall semester. Students should have a strong interest in Computer Information Systems, and preferably have graduate level academic background and / or work experience in a related field. We base admissions on a variety of factors including GMAT or GRE scores, academic background, academic and professional experience and achievement, essays, and professional recommendations. We do not pre-screen applicants or provide preliminary indications of the likelihood that a student will be accepted into the program.

Candidates should submit applications online. For details on the application procedure, links to the online application form, deadlines, the application fee, TOEFL requirements for international applicants, and other administrative questions go to the Robinson College of Business Ph.D. Program website by clicking HERE.

The College PhD Program Office handles administrative issues and applications. Please direct all inquiries regarding the application procedure and related administrative issues to the PhD Program Office and not to the Computer Information Systems Department.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND ASSISTANTSHIPS
Ph.D. students are supported with tuition remission and a stipend through the first four years in the program. The student is expected to teach one or more course sections after his/her second year as part of the program. Additional teaching and assistantships for extra compensation is possible, although not encouraged. All entering Ph.D. students are assigned as Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs). During these first three years, GRAs assist faculty members with their research projects. Most of our doctoral students work with faculty in research projects and participate as co-authors in publications. The college and the department also provide limited travel grants to students who present research papers at national or international conferences.

THE PROGRAM
The Ph.D. program in the department is designed to develop theoretical and methodological competencies in a wide variety of topics in the field of information systems. In consultation with the PhD coordinator, students configure a program of study that will provide them with the theoretical and methodological background for conducting high quality research. This program of study will include subject-matter seminars offered both by the CIS Department as well as the College. In addition, the program of study includes a rigorous sequence of courses in a variety of research methodologies (including qualitative, quantitative and design science research) and a course in university teaching. Teaching competence is developed through the University teaching seminar, GTA assignments to support a professor, and independently deliver courses.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination at the completion of coursework (before the fall semester of the third year). Students typically defend a dissertation proposal within one year of passing the comprehensive exams. Students typically enter the academic job market at the beginning of the fourth year and complete the requirements for the degree by the end of their fourth year.

In addition to coursework, we expect students to actively engage in research with faculty members. The Computer Information Systems Department has an excellent history of co-authorship between faculty and PhD students. Many students publish in top journals before the completion of their program as a result of their collaboration with the faculty.

THE RESULTS
Recent graduates of the PhD program in the Computer Information Systems Department have accepted faculty positions or currently hold faculty positions at universities such as University of Alabama, University of Georgia, Emory University, University of British Columbia, Iowa State University, City University of New York (Baruch College), University of Memphis, Louisiana State University, Florida International University, Clemson University, Florida State University, Old Dominion University, University of Massachusetts, University of Nevada, Université Laval, and HEC Montreal, among others.

Recent graduates have published in top Computer Information Systems journals including the Management Information Systems Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, ACM Transactions on Database Systems, Decision Support Systems and others.

SAMPLE LISTING OF DOCTORAL COURSES IN COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

CIS 9220 – TOPICS IN INFO SYS TECH (Topics in Information Systems Technology)
This is a research seminar that focuses on research issues and methods in one or more areas having to do with the technology of information systems. Topics include software engineering, communication systems, and database/knowledge based systems. The focus of the course is announced in advance and the course syllabus is made available for students to review.

CIS 9240 - TOPICS IN INFO SYS DEV (Topics in Information Systems Development)
In this course, theories and models applicable to the analysis of systems structure and the processes of systems analysis and design are studied. Emphasis is on the applicability of the material covered to information systems in particular. The focus of the course is announced in advance and the course syllabus is made available for students to review.

CIS 9260 - TOPICS IN INFO SYS MGT (Topics in Information Systems Management)
This course covers various topics in information systems management or the management of information systems. Topics covered vary depending upon the research interest of the department. Students acquire skills for developing a research proposal. The focus of the course is announced in advanced and the course syllabus is made available for students to review.

BA 9280 – QUANTATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN BUSINESS
This course develops skills in designing, evaluating, and understanding quantitative methods and methodologies for research in the social science paradigm. Students also acquire skills in developing research proposals, supporting methodological choices, and understanding how to successfully publish their work. The course is intended for students across the business disciplines.

BA 9300 - QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN BUSINESS
This course helps develop knowledge and skills in the application and use of qualitative research techniques. The course provides a survey of the methodological literature on qualitative research methods paired with appropriate article-length exemplars in the disparate business disciplines. This course covers a variety of different research strategies including case study, ethnography, grounded theory, and action research. In addition, students acquire skills in developing a research design, and qualitative date collection and analysis techniques, and authoring research manuscripts.

CIS 9320 - DESIGN RESEARCH METHODS (Design Research Methods in Information Systems)
The course develops skills needed for conducting research whose aim is to invent methods and techniques for designing information systems that are effective and efficient. Students also acquire skills in developing research proposals that follow the design research paradigm and learn how to public such research.

BA 9260 - THEORY DEVELOPMENT
Students understand how to develop theory and surface a theoretical contribution. They understand the distinction between identifying a business problem and a scientific problem, and the approaches to achieve rigor and relevance. They learn about the elements of a theory and the approaches to build theory. They understand the distinction between process and variance models, and the importance of achieving correspondence between theoretical arguments and model specification. They develop an understanding about how to leverage context and time in building theory, and about multi-dimensional constructs and multi-level models. Cumulatively, they develop the skills and understanding to formulate a research question, synthesize the literature, build a theory, and specify a model.

CIS 9390 - ADV SEM IN IT & SYS (Advanced Seminar in Information Technologies and Systems)
This course addresses emerging or advanced topics in information technologies, such as wireless and mobile networks, mobile networks, such as outsourcing, entrepreneurship, project management, and mobile commerce. In addition to providing an in depth understanding of the topic, the focus of the course will be on research problems, diverse research methodologies, modeling and performance evaluation, and architectural solutions. The course will prepare students to pursue doctoral research in the covered topic. The specific topics may vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance.

Questions?
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ontact the Computer Information Systems Doctoral Coordinator:
Professor Balasubramaiam Ramesh
phd@cis.gsu.edu

404.413.7372
Room 903 in the Robinson College of Business bldg.
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To apply to the Ph.D. program, please click HERE.
 

J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Georgia State University

35 Broad Street, NW

P.O. Box 4015

Atlanta, GA 30302-4015

Phone: 404.413.7360

 

Faculty Contacts: 

Carl Stucke, Ph.D., Associate Chair, cstucke@gsu.edu

Ephraim R. McLean, Ph.D., FAIS, Department Chair, Chair@cis.gsu.edu

 

 

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