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.
The Management Information Systems Ph.D. coursework typically requires two to three years to complete, depending on the student's prior education and experience. Coursework is then followed by comprehensive exams and dissertation work. Full-time residency on campus is required while completing coursework, which consists of a combination of specific MIS research seminars, graduate-level courses in the MIS discipline, research methods and techniques courses, and joint seminars in management.