Ph.D. candidates are required to pass a written comprehensive examination in their major field. The examinations primarily aim to determine the student's ability to show relationships among the various segments of knowledge within the major and minor fields of study. The written examination in the major field is scheduled for each student by the program director. Examinations in the minor field (if required) are scheduled by the respective programs. A student may attempt each examination not more than two times. A second examination must be passed within 24 months of the time the first examination is taken.
The Ph.D. is a research degree that is granted on the basis of scholarly proficiency, distinctive achievement, and capacity for independent, original investigation. The first two criteria are tested in coursework and comprehensive examinations. The latter criterion is demonstrated by a dissertation project that presents substantial and relevant research results clearly and effectively. A combination of these accomplishments, rather than the mere accumulation of residence and course credits, is the essential consideration in awarding the Ph.D. degree.
A preliminary oral examination is given after students complete at least two years of graduate study (including work on the master's degree, if any), and after they have successfully completed the written comprehensive examination. The program committee or Ph.D. written examination committee administers the preliminary oral examination. In addition, faculty representatives from within and outside Manderson may participate as members of the examining committee. The examination may be passed satisfactorily or provisionally. In the latter case, the examining committee may recommend additional study in order that an individual student may demonstrate that the deficiencies disclosed by the examination have been overcome. The committee will rule either pass or fail on the second meeting with the student.
During the third year, students are expected to commence work on the dissertation. Students are transferred from the program committee to a dissertation committee and formally begin work on their thesis defense.
Writing a dissertation is the final test of research skills. It requires an understanding of relevant literature and methodology, as well as the ability to think independently. Ph.D. candidates must find an original topic, plan a test of hypotheses, and write and defend at a final oral examination a document acceptable to the dissertation committee and to the Graduate School.
Each year, a limited number of exceptionally qualified students are admitted to the doctoral degree program in Management. Generally, these student have a master's degree, a grade point average above 3.5, and a GMAT in excess of 600 GRE in excess of 1200. We also prefer that students interview on campus with faculty members.
We do fall admissions only, and encourage prospective students to get their applications to us by January 15 of the year in which they would like to be considered for admission.
Complete the application form. Applications may be made on-line through the graduate school at http://graduate.ua.edu/application/index.html. There are a few specifics that relate to the MIS program:
- In Box 4 (Proposed Major) of the application, select Operations Management PHD.
- In the box beneath that, indicate MIS as the specific program and concentration to which you are applying .
- For proposed entrance date, select August.
In addition to the application forms, you will complete a statement of purpose (also on-line). In your statement of purpose, describe your specific interests, your previous research or applied experience, and your career goals. It is a good idea in your statement of purpose to note two or so possible faculty mentors whose interests most closely match yours. There is no required length.
Pay the application fee.
Detailed Instructions for each class of Graduate Applicants (application fee amounts are mentioned here): http://graduate.ua.edu/application/applicationtypes.html<br />
Send transcripts to the Graduate School
One official copy of your transcript from all previous colleges and universities you attended should be ordered from the colleges or universities and mailed directly to:
Graduate School Admissions
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118
The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required for regular admission is 3.5, however, successful applicants typically exceed this minimum. Conditional admission may be granted if GPA is below 3.5 but other credentials are outstanding.
Send recent GRE /GMAT scores to the Graduate School
Applicants should submit either GMAT (minimum 600) or GRE (minimum 1200-old format, minimum 312-new format) test scores. International students, whose native language is not English, should have at least a 550 written, 213 computer, or 79 internet-based score on the TOEFL exam.
Arrange for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores directly to the University of Alabama Graduate School (Institution Code: 1830). The GRE or GMAT scores are required for any graduate application to be processed and the scores must be less than 5 years old.
Send letters of recommendation to the MIS program, Information Systems, Statistics and Management Science Department.
Three letters of recommendation are required. These should be written by professors or supervisors who are familiar with your academic ability and career aspirations. There is no longer a recommendation form. However, you can direct your letter writers to the guidelines at http://graduate.ua.edu/application/forms/letrec.html<br />
Letters of recommendation may be submitted online through the Graduate School website, mailed directly by the letter writer, or mailed in a packet by the applicant. Letters sent by postal mail should be placed in an envelope with the writerŐs signature over the seal and mailed to:
MIS Doctoral Program Coordinator
Department of Information Systems, Statistics and Management Science
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Please give letter writers accurate information about where to mail the letter and when the deadline is. Letters must be received by the application deadline to ensure full consideration. It is a good idea to provide each letter writer an addressed stamped envelope marked with the deadline date, and to remind them when the deadline nears. If letters are late or go to the wrong address, your application may not receive full consideration.
Supporting documents (CV, writing sample, etc.) may be uploaded on the Graduate School website or sent by postal mail to the department.
Check the status of your application
You may check the status of your application online at http://graduate.ua.edu/application/index.html as long as you remember the PIN you entered when you submitted your application!! Also, the Graduate School notifies applicants by letter as to the status of their applications.
The Graduate School forwards applications to the MIS program only after all materials listed above have been received, with the exception of recommendation letters, which are sent directly to the department.