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Caroline LaTorre

Recruitment & Enrollment Director
UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business
Phone: (312) 413-8620

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Mary Beth Watson-Manheim
Associate Professor, Information and Decision Sciences
PhD MIS Program Director
Phone: (312) 996-2370

PhD in Management Information Systems

The PhD in Management Information Systems (PhD 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 PhD 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 PhD 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.

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The PhD 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.

Technical Requirement

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 requirement 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.

Research Methods:
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 PhD program.

MIS Specialization:

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 PhD program.

Additional doctoral-level course work, including dissertation: at least 8 courses (32 semester hours minimum.

IDS 599: PhD Thesis Research or additional doctoral-level course work chosen with the consent of the PhD coordinator and in consultation with the dissertation adviser. A maximum of 32 semester hours of thesis research can count toward the degree.

Annual Evaluation
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 PhD 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.

Preliminary Examination
The preliminary examination is normally taken upon successful completion of the required course work. In exceptional cases, the examination may be taken earlier upon recommendation of the MIS director of doctoral studies and the student's PhD 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 defense of the dissertation."

The preliminary examination consists of an oral examination on the dissertation proposal and related material. The examination may cover any issues relevant to the topic addressed in the proposal and PhD 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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Our PhD students move on to careers at prestigious institutions. Recent placements include University of Washington.



The UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business invites applications for a new interdisciplinary PhD concentration in electronic security and privacy. Candidates will apply for a PhD in MIS or other areas, mentioning their interest in digital security and privacy. The goal is to advance interdisciplinary research that will support three values:

  • Promoting an individual’s right to privacy
  • Preventing users and communities from harm
  • Promoting social well-being through safe information sharing

IGERT-ESP Fellows receive support at $30,000 per year for two years, plus full tuition and fees. Mini-grants and travel allowances are available for the duration of studies.

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