Ph.D. in Information Systems

The doctoral program in Business Information Systems (BIS) offers students the opportunity to learn in a challenging and dynamic academic environment. The program prepares students to teach and do research in a variety of academic settings, and our graduates have taken jobs at schools such as University of Cincinnati, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Northern Illinois University, University of New Mexico, University of Tennessee, and many universities outside the U.S. In addition, our faculty has degrees from a variety of schools that reflect a diversity of academic philosophies including University of Nebraska, Harvard Business School, Florida State University, Virginia Tech University, Auburn University, and Arizona State University

Students are given the opportunity to actively participate in a variety of research projects. We have faculty members who have published work in many major IS publications, and some of the publications were developed with doctoral students. Furthermore, two BIS faculty have recently received several National Science Foundation grants to conduct research in the areas of telecommunications, and e-Business and mobile business. Thus, the Business Information Systems program at MSU provides many opportunities to learn to conduct high quality and solid research about numerous information systems topics.

In addition to research, our doctoral program emphasizes teaching, and faculty work closely with students to help them learn how to excel in the classroom. The program offers courses about teaching methodologies, and faculty provide students with teaching materials that they can adapt for many of the courses they teach. By the time doctoral students graduate, they are qualified to assume responsibility for the foundational courses that most universities expect new faculty to teach and manage, as well as more specialized or advanced courses such as programming classes, systems analysis and design, data base, decision support systems, and business telecommunications.

Finally, because the doctoral program is small (6-8 students at a time), students can expect to receive one-on-one attention. They can also expect an atmosphere of camaraderie and collegiality among their fellow doctoral students. This facilitates close relationships not only during the program, but after as it is completed as well. Many of our students continue to work with each other and with our faculty long after they graduate. These opportunities build lasting working relationships, and a network of colleagues is becoming more rare as doctoral programs at many schools become larger and more comprehensive. Thus, the choice to pursue a Ph.D. in Business Information Systems at Mississippi State University provides a complete, high- quality doctoral experience with a personal touch.

Contact

For specific information about the Information Systems Ph.D. program at Mississippi State University, please contact the coordinator, Dr. Kent Marett at lkm2@msstate.edu.

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