The PhD in MIS is a 4-year, full-time program that seeks to develop competent scholars who will excel in research and teaching positions at other major universities. We have developed a PhD program that will provide you with significant individual flexibility, while at the same time ensuring that you acquire the necessary conceptual and methodological skills to begin work toward a leadership position in your field.

Our PhD program is known for its cutting-edge research and support from actively published faculty.

Why a PhD in MIS?

Our research program has consistently been ranked among the top ten worldwide for more than a decade. Several of our faculty have won multiple research grants, awards for outstanding research, and Fulbright awards. Many of the MIS faculty hold editorial positions with the field's top research journals.

Internationally-Recognized Faculty

  • Leadership of the Association for Information Systems (Rick Watson, former president, AIS Fellows — Rick Watson, Hugh Watson and Elena Karahanna)
  • Ranked 6th worldwide in faculty research productivity in field's top journals (1990-2012 — 2 journals)
  • Ranked 8th worldwide in overall faculty research productivity overall number of IS publications (1990-2012 — 8 journals)
  • On editorial boards of all major IS journals (MISQ, ISR, JMIS, etc.)
  • Research faculty involved in PhD program and highly available for PhD students — a culture of prioritizing attention to PhD education

Our research is diverse, often interdisciplinary, and has a strong international flavor, with links to researchers around the globe. UGA has a strong tradition of innovative MIS research and is home to a variety of influential research programs, including the theory of task-technology fit, technology adoption over time, and measures for service quality. Further, researchers have impacted the field with ground-breaking work in executive information systems, enterprise-resource planning (ERP) systems, knowledge management, social media, cyber infrastructure, and telemedicine. More recently UGA MIS researchers have founded the field of energy informatics.

UGA's MIS researchers have deep knowledge of many different research approaches from statistical methods to qualitative data analysis and are well-versed in current cross-disciplinary thinking in fields such as economics, sociology, and psychology.

MIS Faculty Research Interests

Typical Course Sequence

  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1
  • MIST 9700 MIS Research I
  • Regression
  • MIST 9770 Philosophy of Science and Measurement
  • GRSC 7770 Teaching
Year 2
  • MGMT 9610 Introduction to SEM
  • Minor Course
  • Minor Course
  • MIST 8990 Directed Study
  • IS Competency Exam
  • MIST 9760 MIS Topics
  • Research Methods Elective
  • ACCT 9120 Org Level IS Theories
  • Minor Course
  • MIST 8990 Directed Study
  • Written Prelims
    Oral Prelims
Year 3
  • MIST 9000 Doctoral Research
  • Dissertation Proposal
Year 4
  • MIST 9300 Doctoral Dissertation
  • Dissertation Defense



  • PhD graduates placed in top research universities around the world
  • 100% recent placement in academic careers
  • Particularly strong placement record in Southeast U.S.

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During my PhD journey at UGA, I really enjoyed the rigorous training and the family-like culture here. The faculty have been very committed to my success and growth as both a well-balanced scholar and a person. Diversity of research streams of the faculty members allowed me the opportunity to explore different topics; and their high accessibility and commitment were crucial factors that helped me navigate through the research challenges. I feel truly grateful and fortunate that their commitment to my growth continues beyond my graduation.

Adela Chen, Nanyang Technological University (UGA PhD 2011)

The MIS department at UGA has a wonderful group of researchers and educators. Our professors are high-impact researchers and they are willing to work closely with doctoral students and become research collaborators with students. Students have the autonomy to choose research projects and dissertation topic that suit their academic interests and background. The faculty members are collectively committed to the students' intellectual growth and professional development. Students receive hands-on apprenticeships from their major professor as well as intellectual and emotional support from other faculty members. What makes the PhD program extremely valuable is that it not only enables students to build solid research skills, but also helps them develop the skills to communicate their research effectively and professionally.

Ben Liu, City University of Hong Kong (UGA PhD 2011)

There is a very strong culture of collegiality and respect among faculty and doctoral students in UGA's MIS doctoral program. I always felt that the faculty treated me as a junior colleague and went out of their way to provide me with ample support and guidance in all facets of developing an academic career.

Christina Serrano, University of Arkansas (UGA PhD 2011)

UGA’s MIS program has an outstanding track record with its PhD students. Placements are excellent and the department does a great job of getting people through the program — typically within four years — not all schools can claim this. Also, it is important to emphasize how involved the faculty is with the PhD program. These internationally recognized faculty are truly committed to the success of their students.

Joe Rubleske (UGA Postdoctoral Researcher)