The UIC Business PhD program in Management Information Systems educates and trains future scholars to establish successful careers as productive researchers, scientists and scholars at leading universities and research institutions. Our program stresses technical, economic and organizational/management aspects of information systems.
A STEM Degree Program
The PhD in Management Information Systems is approved as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Designated Degree Program. Under the Optional Practical Training program, international students who graduate from the program are able to remain in the United States and receive training through work experience for up to 12 months, and can remain for an additional 17 months on an OPT STEM extension.
Two introductory courses in any two functional areas of business, for example:
These courses will not count towards the 64 semester hours required for entrants with a master's degree.
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.
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 PhD 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 an 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.
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.
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.
For a full list of degree requirements, click here for the UIC Catalog.
Ivan Alfaro, Wellspring
Ferdi Eruysal, Texas A & M
Melike Findikogu, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Doug Lundquist, UIC
Mauricio Vasquez, University of Puerto Rico
Poornima Krishnan, Instructor North Central College / Research Analyst, Sullivan, Cotter & Associates
Sanjeev Jha, University of New Hampshire
Ariel Lapaz, Departamento de Control de Gestion y Sistemas de Informacion, Chile
Chen Ye, Virginia State University
Christina Outlay, DePaul University
Darrin Thomas, Morningstar Inc.
Dong Back Sen, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Kirill Yurov, Northeastern Illinois University
Kurian Tharakkunel, Rowan University, NJ
Chei Sian Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Kevin Desouza, University of Washington
Yifeng Zhang, University of Illinois at Springfield
John Warren, University of Texas at San Antonio
James Watson, CEO, Doculabs, Chicago
Kumar Mehta, University of Con
Learn more about the program and see whether you would be a good fit here at UIC by reading about our current students' backgrounds and research interests. Click here to view our current doctoral students.