Timelines and Requirements

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Each of our graduate programs has its own unique application timelines and admissions requirements, in addition to the overall graduate admissions requirements.

Please note that students who do not meet the academic requirements for admission may be required to complete up to 12 additional hours of fundamental coursework. (Check out the Admissions Requirements below.)

Admission requirements for the Ph.D. in Information Systems

The Ph.D. in Information Systems program admits students in the fall only, though classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

To apply, you need to have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution with full regional accreditation for that degree.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
  • Satisfactory GRE scores on a test taken within the last five years.

We also ask that you have essential knowledge in both business fundamentals and information systems. This knowledge includes the following:

  • The ability to analyze organizational systems and take appropriate action with particular business structures, particularly overcoming resistance to change.
  • The role of IT professionals in developing, acquiring and managing IS.
  • Systems, including setting a direction for information resources, managing technology resources, and managing the information systems function (Windows and UNIX);
  • The ability to use spreadsheets for computations and analysis.
  • The ability to create spreadsheets that support problem-specific decision-making activities.
  • Understanding of the principles of programming and the ability to program.

These knowledge requirements can be met in many ways, including an undergraduate degree in MSIS, specific undergraduate or graduate coursework that covers the required knowledge, or appropriate, verifiable IS/IT or management experience. If you’d like to use experience to meet the knowledge requirements, you might be required to demonstrate competency in the subject.

If you don’t have the coursework or experience needed to meet the above knowledge requirements, you may still be admitted to the program if you meet the other minimum requirements. In that case, you’ll need to complete additional support courses during the program.

Application deadline

Make sure you turn in your application by May 15 for admission for the following fall semester. Your assistantship form should also be sent in at this time if you want to be considered for a graduate assistantship.

Please note that the application deadline is subject to change to accommodate available capacity and program needs. Again, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

Graduation requirements

The Ph.D. in Information Systems program requires a total of 88 credit hours. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all courses listed on your Ph.D. Plan of Study within the 7-years time limit for Doctorate students
  • Achievement of a GPA of at least 3.0 (a "B" average), with no more than 6 credit hours of a "C" grade and no grade below a "C" in the courses on your Plan of Study
  • Satisfaction of Regental standards for residency; this is satisfied by completing all but a maximum of nine credit hours of your coursework at DSU (distance courses count as "at DSU")
  • 27 credit hours of master’s-level Information Systems courses, which may be waived for students who already have an MSIS degree
  • 9 credit hours of research methods
  • 27 credit hours of research specialization, including research seminars, core courses, and electives
  • Screening examination
  • Qualifying portfolio
  • 25 credit hours of dissertation

For more information, you can view the courses for this degree or simply contact us.

Program completion

If you’re a full-time student with a master’s degree in information systems, you should be able to complete this program within three years. 

You are welcome to complete your degree on a full-time or part-time basis, though it is required that you complete the program within seven years of the semester of your first course.

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