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Information Systems

The focus of the PhD program in Information Systems is on business aspects of Information Technology use and management. The program emphasizes analytic and quantitative tools and techniques from economics, operations research, and decision sciences to address these issues. The research conducted by the students and faculty have significantly advanced the state of the art in research on information systems in general, and information systems economics in particular.

First Year Outline

The first year is designed to provide students with a strong methodological foundation in order to prepare them for research in the advanced years of the program. Students will be required to take courses offered by Simon Business School as well as University of Rochester. First year students are required to pass Preliminary Requirements by demonstrating proficiency in specific courses. A research-oriented first-year paper is due August 31 of the start of the second year.

Second Year Outline

The second year is designed to deepen students' knowledge of Information Systems. The students work on two individual research topics in conjunction with the faculty to write two papers. These papers are due by May 31 of the second year. Students are also required to write a Qualifying Exam paper, due by November 30 of the third year. This paper is usually a more in-depth version of one of the two papers used for the second-year papers requirement.

Third Year and Beyond

Students will take additional courses in the third year after passing the Qualifying Exam. Students also begin work on a dissertation. Research in the field of Information Systems focuses on problems of design, performance analysis, and optimization of information systems.

Advancement to Candidacy

This is achieved  after completing 90 credit hours, and passing the Preliminary Requirement and Qualifying Exam. These credit hours include research credits for GBA595.

Thesis Proposal and Defense

Students are expected to submit their research paper, with a faculty advisor and committee approval, for a Thesis Proposal. Students are expected to defend their thesis by the end of their fifth year.



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