Information Systems, Ph.D.
FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: January 15
Applications for the Ph.D. program
are processed together after the
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
A supplemental application is required.
To obtain the supplemental application,
please contact the program at www.mis.temple.edu.
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should
come from college/university faculty
members familiar with academic competence
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Master's Degree in
Yes. Management Information Systems, Computer Science,
or completion of specific pre-requisite courses.
Bachelor's Degree in
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should
be approximately 500-1,000 words
and should include the following
specific interest in Temple's program; your
reasons and motivation for applying for a Ph.D.
program in Business Administration; your
future career goals; and your academic
and research achievements.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GMAT is required. 600
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted:
600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.
A resume is required.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required
Beyond the Master's: 36
BA 601: Org. & Mgt. Theories
BA 602: Scientific Inquiry
ECO 603: Managerial
MIS 784: Qualitative and Interpretive Methods in Information Systems
MIS 785: Information Systems Foundations and Theory
MIS 786: Contemporary Topics and Research Approaches in Information Systems
MIS 787: Advanced Reasearch Methods/Topics in Information Systems
STA 503: Stat. Methods I
STA 504: Stat
Course work includes 0-4 prerequisites based upon
experience, 5 core business and methods courses,
4 MIS concentration courses and 3 electives
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Summer Research Paper
Statistics Competency Examination:
An assessment of proficiency in
statistical theory and methodology
will be made at the end of the
first year in the program. The
examination is offered in June.
Students who fail the statistics
competency examination on the
first attempt must sit for reexamination
prior to the fall semester of
their second year. A second failure
will result in dismissal from
the university. No third attempt
The purpose of the preliminary examination is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge of current research.
Subject Areas/Major Components of the Preliminary Examination The subject areas will be determined, in advance, by the faculty of the department.
At what point in the program is the student expected to take the preliminary examination The preliminary examination should be completed no more than one semester after the student completes the coursework component of the program.
Writing the Questions for the Preliminary Examination The members of the student's department write the questions for the preliminary examination.
Evaluating the Preliminary Examination The Department Committee will evaluate the examination. Each member votes to pass or fail the student. In order to pass, a majority of the committee members must agree that the exam has been satisfactorily completed.
Criterion for Passing the Preliminary Examination. The student must answer every question on the examination in order to be evaluated. The evaluators look for (a) a breadth and depth of understanding of specific research areas, (b) a critical application of that knowledge to specific phenomena; and (c) an ability to write technical prose.
Administering, Scheduling, and Proctoring the Preliminary Examination Students who are preparing to write their preliminary examinations should confirm a time and date with their departmental advisor.
Dissertation Advising Committee
The Dissertation Advising Committee is formed
to oversee the student's doctoral research and
is comprised of at least three Graduate Faculty
members. Two members, including the Chair, must
be from the student's department. The Chair is
responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's
progress, coordinating the responses of the Committee
members, and informing the student of his or
her academic progress.
Dissertation Examining Committee
The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates
the student's dissertation and oral defense.
This committee is comprised of the Doctoral Advising
Committee and at least one additional Faculty
member from outside the department.
If any member of the committee decides to withdraw
from the committee, the student shall notify
the chair of the dissertation committee and
the Director of the PHDBA program. The student
is responsible to find a replacement, in consultation
with his or her chair. Inability to find a
replacement shall constitute evidence that
the student is unable to complete the dissertation.
In such a case the student may petition the
Director of the PHDBA program for a review.
Once review of the facts and circumstances
is completed, the Director will rule on the
student's progress. If the Director rules that
the student is not capable of completing the
dissertation, he or she will be dismissed from
the program. This decision may be appealed
to SBM's Senior Associate Dean. If the student
is dismissed, he or she may appeal to the Graduate
The Doctoral Dissertation is an original research
study that makes a significant contribution
to the field. It should expand the existing
knowledge and demonstrate the student's knowledge
of research methods and a mastery of his or
her primary area of interest. Dissertations
should be rigorously investigated, uphold the
ethics and standard of the field, demonstrate
an understanding of the relationship between
the primary area of interest and the broader
field of business, and be prepared for publication
in an academic journal.
Philosophy of the Proposal
The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's
knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed
research. The proposal should consists of the
following: (a) the context and background surrounding
a particular research problem; (b) an exhaustive
survey and review of literature related to
the problem; and (c) a detailed methodological
plan for investigating the problem. The proposal
should be completed and approved no more than
one year after completing coursework. Upon
approval, a timeline for completing the investigation
and writing process will be established.
Criterion for Passing the
Dissertation and the Defense.
The Committee will evaluate the student's ability
to express verbally his or her research question,
methodological approach, primary findings, and
implications. The Committee will vote to pass
or fail the dissertation and the defense at the
conclusion of the public presentation.
Dissertation Defense Scheduling
Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation
should confirm a time and date with their Dissertation
Advisory Committee and register with the Graduate
Secretary at least 15 days before the defense.
The Graduate Secretary will arrange the time,
date, and room within two working days, and
forward the appropriate forms to the student.
Announcing the Dissertation
After the Graduate Secretary has arranged the
time, date, and room for the defense, the student
must send a completed "Announcement of Dissertation
Defense" form to the Graduate School (501 Carnell
Hall) at least 10 days before the defense.
The Department will post fliers announcing
Program Contact Information:
Fox School of Business
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Director of Graduate
Dr. Munir Mandviwalla
About the Program
The Ph.D. program in Business Administration
prepares the student for advanced
research and scholarship. The primary
emphasis of our program is to prepare
future faculty members for successful
academic careers, although many
of our alumni are employed in government,
industry, and consulting.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years
Students are required to complete
the degree program through classes
offered before 4:30 p.m.
Fox School of Business and Management
Speakman Hall LL5
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Temple University has been
rated 71st in the nation for faculty
research in the area of business.
This ranking was developed based
on a study of more than 700 accredited
M.B.A. programs nationwide. The
rankings were published in the Academy
of Management Journal. Additionally,
the Fox School of Business and Management
has been ranked 14th by Computerworld
for our technology programs. The
Fox School of Business and Management
also holds a specialty ranking of
26th in the nation for its healthcare
All Fox School of Business and Management graduate
programs are accredited by AACSB - The International
Association for Management Education.
Areas of Specialization:
The primary focus of the
MIS faculty is on research in the
following areas of E. Business and
E-Commerce: -IS Strategy, Planning
and Sourcing -E-Business and E-Commerce
- Virtual Communities and Knowledge
Management -Computer Support of
Communication, Collaboration and
Group Learing -Data Warehousing
and Visualization -Innovation and
Diffusion and Electronic Scholarship
-Theoretical and methodological
foundations of IS Research - IS
development and use
The program prepares individuals
for academic and corporate research
Non-Degree Student Policy:
are not permitted to take doctoral
Assistantships are the centerpiece
of the program's mentorship philosophy.
They require 20 hours of service
per week, which can include teaching
and supervised research. An Assistantship
provides a stipend and tuition remission.