There are five compelling reasons to join our program:
We are among the most research productive groups, consistently ranked in the top 10 or top 15 departments worldwide in publications in the top two IS journals (MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research). Further, several of our faculty have won multiple research grants and awards for outstanding research.
Our faculty includes current and former senior editors at MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, associate editors at MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Management Science, and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and editorial board members of the Journal of Management Information Systems and Strategic Management Journal, among others.
Internationally Renowned Faculty
Our faculty includes a former president of the Association for Information Systems (Richard Watson), a Leo Award winner - the highest award in the field (Richard Watson), and three AIS Fellows (Richard Watson, Hugh Watson and Elena Karahanna).
Our culture is collaborative and supportive and one in which we view our students as junior colleagues. Students are provided extensive mentoring, support, and personal attention given our one-to-one faculty-student ratio. Evidence of the quality of mentoring is the outstanding placement of doctoral students and the plethora of journal papers co-authored with our faculty (over 100 publications in the past 15 years). Students can work with multiple faculty, not just their dissertation chair as they develop as scholars.
Weekly Research Seminars
In these weekly seminars top scholars from around the world present and discuss their research. The PhD students have the opportunity to interact and discuss their research with these scholars in a meeting after the seminar.
1. ^ MIST 9750 and MIST 9710 are offered every other year. Some incoming Ph.D. student
cohorts will take MIST 9750 in their first year and MIST 9710 in their second year
and others will take MIST 9750 in their second year and MIST 9710 in their first year.
2. ^ Dissertation defense occurs in the Spring of their fifth year
Our PhD graduates are placed in top research universities around the world.
The MIS PhD program at UGA provides a phenomenal mix of rigor, diversity, and collegiality.
The faculty are not only extremely productive but also extraordinary human beings.
- Dr. Carolina Salge, Wake Forest University (UGA PhD 2018)
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)
As you would expect, the PhD program at the University of Georgia is a rigorous and demanding program working under some of the top scholars in the world. What you wouldn't expect is how wonderful, warm, supportive and encouraging each faculty member is to each doctoral student starting the first day of the program and continuing long after the student has graduated.
- Greg Dawson, Arizona State University (UGA PhD 2008)
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, William and Mary 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, Washington and Lee University (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)