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Curriculum

The Ph.D. in Information Systems program has two curriculum pathways. With the M.S. pathway, earn a Ph.D. degree with a minimum of 51 credits. With the B.S. pathway, earn a Ph.D. degree with a minimum of 66 credits. Courses, research, and dissertation registrations are listed below. 

Each student must complete 5 core courses (3 credits each, total 15 credits).

RESD 700 Research Methods

Select One from the courses below that has not been completed in the last five years:

ISEC 615 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

ISEC 635 Information Systems Operations Management

ISEC 655 Information Security Governance

ISEC 675 Information System Auditing

Select One from the courses below that has not been completed in the last five years:

MSIT 630 Database Systems

MMIS 671 Data Analytics

MMIS 642 Data Warehousing

MMIS 643 Data Mining

Select One from the courses below that has not been completed in the last five years:

MMIS 680 Human Computer Interaction

MMIS 636 Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

MMIS 644 UX Strategy for Social Media

CISC 685 Interaction Design

Select One Elective from the courses below that is not counted as part of the core or that has not been completed in the last five years:

ISEC 615 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

MMIS 621 Information Systems Project Management

MMIS 623 Ethics in Computing

MSIT 630 Database Systems

ISEC 635 Information Systems Operations Management

MMIS 636 Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

MMIS 642 Data Warehousing

MMIS 643 Data Mining

MMIS 644 UX Strategy for Social Media

MMIS 653 Telecommunication and Computer Networking

ISEC 655 Information Security Governance

MMIS 671 Data Analytics

ISEC 675 Information System Auditing

CISC 685 Interaction Design

MMIS 690 Special Topics in Information Systems

MMIS 692 Data Analytics Project

MMIS 690 Special Topics in Information Systems

ISEC 695 Information Security Project


In both pathways, each student will be required to complete three doctoral research courses of DISS 885. These courses will be taken at the end of the student’s coursework. These directed study courses will enable the student, with the support of a faculty advisor, to identify a viable research topic and conduct preliminary research that will lead to formal candidacy for the student.

DISS 885 Doctoral Research (4 credits)

Students must complete 24 credits of dissertation registrations, three registrations of DISS 901. Students who do not complete the dissertation within 24 credits will register for DISS 920 Continuing Dissertation until the dissertation is complete.

DISS 901 Doctoral Dissertation (8 credits)

DISS 920 Continuing Dissertation (4 credits)

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