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Information Science & Systems

Ph.D. Program in Business Administration

Information Systems Concentration


The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for careers in research, teaching, and consulting in various functional areas of business. Graduates of the program are expected to make significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge of business practices through research and consulting and to disseminate such knowledge through their teaching.

The curriculum is designed to provide graduates with in-depth exposure to a specific business content area, sophisticated analytical methods, and education techniques. This last feature is unique to the program and is structured around different aspects of exposure to university-level teaching.

For more details on the following aspects, please visit the webpage:

1. Admissions
2. Criteria for Admission
3. Additional Information for International Applicants


Upon joining the program, the Program Coordinator assigns the student an advisor in his/her department. The advisor is expected to assist the student with choosing classes and introduce the student to the research orientation of the area faculty. The student is expected to work closely with the area faculty. The student is also expected to participate in the research seminars of the department, to cooperate with individual faculty members on research projects, and to seek advice from several faculty members on their choice of courses and research projects. The student can also expect that the faculty will provide them with appropriate evaluations of their progress. Students must register for 9 credits each semester to be considered for funding. Those who register for less than 9 credits will not be offered research assistantships. In addition, students who are funded by the university will not be allowed to pursue other employment options, unless approved by the School of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Program Coordinator. Any student who secures additional employment while being funded by the university will have their funding withdrawn and may be subject to dismissal.

Annual Evaluation

At the end of every academic year, the student is provided with a written evaluation of his/her performance by the Program Coordinator, based on information provided by the department coordinator and other faculty in the student's department. This evaluation is based on an assessment of the student's performance in coursework, research, and professional development activities. This evaluation includes one of the following statements:

• The area faculty considers the student's progress satisfactory.
• The area faculty determined that the student needs to improve his or her performance to complete the program.
• The area faculty advises the student to withdraw from the program.

Course Work

Elements of Business Operations

Where dictated, each student is required to demonstrate mastery of the major elements of business administration prior to taking doctoral seminars. The elements cover such functional areas as accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, information systems, general and operations management. They are designed to give students a broad knowledge of business operations. The following School of Business and Management (SBM) courses address these areas:

ACCT 500: Accounting for Decision Making

BUAD 521: Administrative Theory

INSS 540: Operations Management

ECON 501: Micro and Macro Economics

ECON 513: Statistical Analysis

FIN 520: Financial Management

INSS 586: Quantitative and Statistical Analysis

INSS 587: Management Information Technology

MKTG 567: Marketing Management

Every student must satisfy these 3-credit prerequisites prior to beginning formal doctoral study. Each course requirement can be satisfied in one of 3 ways:

● By taking and passing an equivalent course to SBM courses from an AACSB-accredited institution with a grade of at least B, a maximum of five years prior to admission
● Possession of an undergraduate major in the subject area
● Passing a proficiency examination administered by the relevant department with a grade of at least B.

Note: Higher-level courses may also be required depending on area of specialization

Foundation (18 Credits)

The Foundation is common to all students and is designed to provide students with an understanding of the philosophy and tools of scientific inquiry. Emphasis is placed on developing students' research skills. Particular attention is placed on quantitative and qualitative methods involved in research processes. All foundation courses must be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. The specific courses will be partly discipline-specific, but all students must take and pass the following as part of their foundation:

BUAD 701: Applied Statistics I

BUAD 702: Foundations of Scientific Research

BUAD 703: Measurement Theory and Method

INSS 795: Data Analytics Methods

Other Foundation Courses

ACCT 705: Introduction to Accounting Research Seminar

BUAD 704: Qualitative Research Methods

BUAD 705: Applied Statistics II

FIN 820: Microeconomic Theory

FIN 821: Macroeconomic Analysis

INSS 840: Foundation in Information Systems Seminar

MGMT 860: Seminar in Organizational Behavior

MGMT 861: Seminar in Organization Theory

BUAD 883: Multivariate Analysis Techniques

Two of these courses are chosen by students with the approval of their academic advisors. No foundation courses may be double counted towards satisfying both the Foundation and Major Course requirements.

Area of Specialization (18 Credits)

Each area has a separate set of requirements including research skills and methodology courses. Students choose specific courses with the approval of their advisors. Morgan offers specializations in accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing. The goal of specialization is to give students a firm grounding in a functional area of business. This area reflects the student's chosen area of theoretical and intellectual interest. Courses are designed to develop knowledge and analytical capabilities to contribute to intellectual developments in the field. Following is a list of course offerings:

Information Systems Courses

INSS 841 Information Systems Strategy
INSS 842 Information Systems Seminar I
INSS 843 Information Systems Seminar II
INSS 850 Dynamics of Information Systems in Organizations
INSS 851 Knowledge-Based Information Systems
INSS 852 Enterprise-Wide Infrastructure
INSS 853 Management Databases \
INSS 854 Information Systems Security
INSS 855 Information Systems for Supply Chain Management

Minor Field (12 Credits)

The purpose of the minor field is to prepare students to be effective researchers and teachers at the university level. It is also designed to give them skills in empirical and case research, writing and presentation. Recognizing the importance of teaching skills in career development, the courses are designed to guide students in understanding relevant issues associated with teaching college students. Emphasis is therefore placed on developing pedagogical skills and knowledge of psychological and other bases of learning. Three courses (9 credits) must be completed in a minor designed to support the work in the major. In addition, students are expected to have successfully completed Quality Matters training or its equivalent in online training. The first part of the Minor Field Exam has three components: (a) a case study; (b) the teaching requirement; and (c) Quality Matters (Teaching Online Training). All parts of the Minor Field exam must be completed before a student will be permitted to sit for his/her Major Comprehensive exam.

The three courses that must be completed are:

BUAD 711 Seminar in Instructional Methods

BUAD 712 Seminar in Case Methods

BUAD 713 Teaching Practicum

Dissertation (12 Credits)

To complete his or her doctoral degree, the candidate must pursue an original investigation under faculty direction and present the results in a dissertation. A dissertation must address a major research issue. It is expected to result in a significant contribution to the received body of knowledge in the field of study. Students work under the guidance of a dissertation committee and, as part of their preparation, enroll in 12 credits of dissertation seminars. These seminars are designed to guide students in their development of a proposal, proposal defense, and dissertation defense. After completing six credits of dissertation seminars, a student presents a dissertation proposal to their dissertation committee. The committee consists of four members, one of whom maybe an outside faculty member. The external faculty member must come from outside the area of specialization. All members of the Committee are selected by the student and must meet the following requirements:

• The Chairperson must be from the major area and must hold the rank of no less than Associate Professor with Tenure.
• One additional member must be from the major area.
• At least one other member must be from the foundation area but not the area of specialization. The outside member may come either from the major or minor areas and must be academically qualified.

Within one year of passing the qualifying examination, the candidate must submit a written proposal that presents the projected content of the dissertation. The proposal is the vehicle for communicating the candidate's project to the faculty. It should provide sufficient detail to allow faculty knowledgeable in the subject area to determine the validity and acceptability of the research, both in terms of quality and quantity. The dissertation proposal should be prepared and defended in public before the candidate's Dissertation Committee as soon as the candidate and the adviser have agreed on preliminary guidelines for the dissertation. The chairperson of the Dissertation Committee, the dissertation adviser, determines the format of the proposal defense and conducts it. The outside member should be consulted about the written proposal and should be present for the proposal defense.

After the proposal defense, the Dissertation Chair submits a copy of the proposal to the Program Office, together with suggestions for revising the proposal. The student then revises the proposal and prepares a document that shows how the issues raised have been addressed in the revised proposal. Once the Dissertation Committee approves this document, a student may continue with the dissertation process.

After the student completes the dissertation, the Chairperson certifies to the Doctoral Program Office that no major revisions or problems are anticipated and requests that the defense be scheduled. Upon receiving this notification and a copy of the completed dissertation, the Program Office will circulate an announcement of the defense to all members of the faculty and students who may have an interest in the topic of the dissertation. The format of the defense, which is set by the dissertation adviser, must include an opportunity for any member of the faculty or student attending the defense to question the candidate on the research. At this examination, the candidate must defend the dissertation and otherwise satisfy the committee and other faculty members in attendance that he or she is qualified to receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Course Offerings for the Dissertation:

BUAD 997 Dissertation Guidance

BUAD 998 Dissertation Defense