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Ph.D in Management Information Systems (MIS)

Specialization Description

The MIS specialization of the PhD in Business Administration at the Michael F. Price College of Business focuses on research aimed at understanding the economic and social contexts and impacts of information technologies. The objective of the program is to develop our students into academic colleagues, equipped with the research and pedagogical skills to enhance our understanding of the issues surrounding information technology and to add value to the future generations of students they will educate.

The MIS PhD program is a full-time doctoral program. All admitted students receive generous stipends and financial support for research-related activities for four years. Students in good standing can secure additional funding for a fifth year, if necessary. Students’ time in the program is spent on coursework that develops their foundational knowledge of MIS research issues and methodologies, conducting research with MIS faculty, apprenticing to faculty teaching undergraduate and masters classes, and independently teaching MIS classes. Being a small, selective program permits doctoral students and faculty to interact and work closely.

The MIS faculty at the Price College research a wide variety of timely and enduring topics such as human computer/robot interaction, cognition, IT governance and control, healthcare information technology, cyber-security, business analytics, and artificial intelligence, among others. They employ a range of research methodologies including experiments, surveys, machine learning methods, and inductive methods.
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Based on their publications in the premier MIS journals, MIS faculty research productivity has been ranked in the top 20 nationally and globally.  Faculty currently serve or have served as senior editors of major MIS journals. The MIS Division houses the Center for MIS Studies through which faculty interact with industry partners. Strong faculty-industry relationships offer additional venues for data collection.
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The MIS PhD program is small, typically with no more than six students in residence at any time. This allows faculty to work closely with PhD students.  Click here for student testimonials. Students engage in collaborative research with faculty, beginning early in the program. Graduates develop a strong research portfolio, publishing consistently with OU MIS faculty in premier MIS journals. Through research seminars, students have opportunities to network with leading scholars from across discipline.
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During their first four years in the program, PhD students independently teach up to four undergraduate classes. Through these teaching assignments, PhD students develop their teaching portfolio. In recent years, PhD students have taught classes such as the introduction to MIS, and on topics such as database and business analytics.

Because of the rigorous preparation our PhD students receive, the program has a history of strong placements. Recent student placements include institutions. 
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The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, Oklahoma, which is a culturally rich city of approximately 100,000 people, located within 20 miles of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and about 200 miles from Dallas, Texas.  A city with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on "best places to live" and is home to many international faculty and students with various cultural backgrounds.

For additional information on the technical requirements of the program or to request an information packet, contact Calon-Nicole Gunter-Cox  in the Graduate Programs Office. For other information contact: Professor Heshan Sun