Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration/Management Information Systems, Ph.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: December 15 for Fellowship consideration, rolling after that date. All Ph.D. applications received after February 15 are processed together after the deadline date.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required for admission consideration.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A master's degree in Management Information Systems or Computer Science is required. An alternative is the completion of specific prerequisite courses.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your 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 or GRE is required, with scores in both Quantitative and Verbal in the 90th percentile range..

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT or 600 PBT.


A resume is required.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

BA 9100 – Math Preparation (August)
BA 9101or BA 9090 – Business Statistics I
BA 9103 – Theory of Choice
BA 9105 – Business Econometrics I Concentration pro-seminar
MIS 9002/ MIS 9003 – MIS seminar I
BA 9102 – Business Statistics II
BA 9106 – Business Econometrics II or BA 9201 – Quantitative Research Methods I
BA9001 – Organizations and Management Theory
BA 9104 – Game Theory 2
MIS 9004 – MIS seminar II
BA 9209 – Business Econometrics III or BA 9207 – Quantitative Research Methods II
BA 9002 – Philosophy of Science
BA 9205 – Information Economics
MIS 9002/9003 – MIS seminar III

Additional Requirements:

Summer Research Paper

Statistics Competency Examination:

An assessment of proficiency in statistical theory and methodology is made at the end of the first year in the program.

Culminating Events:

Preliminary Examination:

The purpose of the preliminary examination is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge of current research. The subject areas are determined, in advance, by the faculty of the department.

The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. The proposal should consist 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 doctoral dissertation is an original empirical study that makes a significant contribution to the field. It should expand the existing knowledge and demonstrate the student's knowledge of both research methods and a mastery of her/his 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.

Program Contact Information:

Stephen Boro
Admistrative Director
Doctoral Programs
Alter 337

Department Information:

Dept. of Management Information Systems

Fox School of Business and Management
210 Speakman Hall
1810 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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.


All Fox School of Business and Management graduate programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Areas of Specialization:

The primary focus of the MIS faculty is on research in the following areas of E-Business and E-Commerce: Computer Support of Communication, Collaboration, and Group Learning; Data Warehousing and Visualization; Innovation and Diffusion and Electronic Scholarship; IS Development and Use; IS Strategy, Planning, and Sourcing; Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of IS Research; and Virtual Communities and Knowledge Management.

Job Placement:

The program prepares individuals for academic and corporate research careers.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are not permitted to take doctoral courses.

Financing Opportunities

Typically all PhD students receive financial assistantship in the form of full tuition remission and a stipend in return for offering services as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA). Level of support is based on the concentration, the applicant’s qualifications, and competitive considerations.

Students can also receive remuneration for Conference travel, publications, and academic achievement.


Updated 10.11.13