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PhD in Business Administration (Management Information Systems)
The PhD in MIS is a 4 to 5 year, full-time program that seeks to develop outstanding scholars who will excel in research and teaching positions at other major universities. We have developed a PhD program that will provide you with significant individual flexibility, while at the same time ensuring that you acquire the necessary conceptual and methodological skills to begin work toward a leadership position in your field.
Our PhD program is known for its cutting-edge research and support from actively publishing faculty.
Why a PhD in MIS?
Our research program has consistently been ranked among the top ten worldwide for more than a decade. Several of our faculty have won multiple research grants, awards for outstanding research, and Fulbright awards. Many of the MIS faculty hold editorial positions with the field’s top research journals.
- Leadership of the Association for Information Systems (Richard Watson, former president and Leo Award winner — the highest award in the field, and AIS Fellows — Richard Watson, Hugh Watson and Elena Karahanna)
- Ranked 6th worldwide in faculty research productivity in field’s top journals (1990-2012 — 2 journals)
- Ranked 8th worldwide in overall faculty research productivity overall number of IS publications (1990-2012 — 8 journals)
- On editorial boards of all major IS journals (MISQ, ISR, JMIS, etc.)
- Research faculty involved in PhD program and highly available for PhD students — a culture of prioritizing attention to PhD education
- Weekly research seminars where top scholars from around the world present and discuss their research.
Our research is diverse, often interdisciplinary, and has a strong international flavor, with links to researchers around the globe. UGA has a strong tradition of innovative MIS research and is home to a variety of influential research programs, including the theory of task-technology fit, technology adoption over time, and IS and ecological sustainability. Further, researchers have impacted the field with ground-breaking work in executive information systems, enterprise-resource planning (ERP) systems, knowledge management, social media, cyber infrastructure, and telemedicine. More recently UGA MIS researchers have founded the field of energy informatics.
UGA’s MIS researchers have deep knowledge of many different research approaches from statistical methods to qualitative data analysis and are well-versed in current cross-disciplinary thinking in fields such as economics, sociology, and psychology.