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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The faculty have created a PhD program that is a wonderful (and rare!) combination of rigorous and supportive. The faculty are very involved with PhD students and foster an environment of respect and collegiality, while they shape students into capable scholars.

Dr. Jennifer Claggett, University of Virginia (UGA PhD 2014)

Faculty members here are all very friendly and collaborative…you have the opportunity to learn from world-renown faculty members, join their projects, and start research that you are interested in. The diversified knowledge and the rigorous training you receive during the process are lifelong treasures.

Dr. Seth Li, Clemson University (UGA PhD 2013)

The MIS doctoral program faculty at UGA are extraordinary mentors, and that doesn’t end when a student graduates… The rigor of this program’s training is known throughout the IS academic community, and the network of colleagues and collaborators available to graduates of the UGA MIS program is tremendous.

Dr. Keri Larson, University of Alabama Birmingham (UGA PhD 2012)

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…I feel truly grateful and fortunate that their commitment to my growth continues beyond my graduation.

Dr. Adela Chen, Colorado State (UGA PhD 2011)

The MIS department at UGA has a wonderful group of researchers and educators… The faculty members are collectively committed to the students' intellectual growth and professional development.

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