The focus of the PhD program in Computers and Information Systems is on business aspects of Information Technology use and management. The program emphasizes analytic and quantitative tools and techniques from economics, operations research, and decision sciences to address these issues. The research conducted by the students and faculty have significantly advanced the state of the art in research on information systems in general, and informations systems economics, in particular.
Computers and Information Systems (CIS ) majors take the Quantitative Methods Core, which leads to an automatic minor in Management Science. The PhD program's distribution requirement broadens student's education by exposing them to applied economics courses and elective courses (which must be approved by the Computers and Information Systems area coordinator). In order to learn about current research topics in the field, students are required to attend three CIS PhD seminars each year they are in residence.
The first year is designed to provide students with a strong methodological foundation in order to prepare them for research in the advanced years of the program. The first year culminates with the Quantitative Methods Core Exam given in June.
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AEC 511 Advanced Price Theory I
MSM 506 Management Science Methods
AEC 512 Advanced Price Theory II
MSM 522 Optimization
MSM 504 Theory of Prob. and Stochastic Processes I
AEC 513 Advanced Price Theory III
MSM 535 Integer Programming
MSM 505 Theory of Prob. and Stochastic Processes II
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ECO 483/484 (2 hrs. each) Intro Math Stats/Econometrics
MTH 265H (4 hrs.) Real Analysis
BST 401 (4 hrs.) Probability Theory
|ECO 485 (4 hrs.) Econometrics|
The Qualifying Exam, given at the end of the second year, tests student's abilities to integrate class material and reading requirements. It may also include a take-home research exam, distributed as early as the fall of the second year, and due in the following summer. The exam is based upon the typical two-year course sequence described in Figures 8 and 9, plus:
This requirement is in addition to the Second-year Paper due November 15.
|Summer Quarter||STR 403 Organization and Strategy|
CIS 521 PhD Seminar in CIS
CIS 415 Business Process Analysis and Design
ECM 437 Marketing on the Internet
ECM 440 Electronic Commerce Strategy
CIS 522 PhD Seminar in CIS
ACC 410 Accounting for Management and Control
CIS 413 Economics of Information Management
CIS 523 PhD Seminar in CIS
OMG 411 Supply Chain Management
Another CIS Elective
Upon completing the above requirements, students become PhD Candidates by receiving a recommendation from the Computers and Information Systems area coordinator.
Computers and Information Systems majors take additional courses in the third year after passing the Qualifying Exam. They are required to receive passing grades in the six CIS PhD seminars in their third and fourth years. They may take additional professional courses as well; for example, CIS 446, plus periodically offered advanced reading courses on topics such as modeling issues, queuing networks, common sense systems, large-scale mathematical programming, and decision support systems. In addition, students must meet all minor and distribution requirements.
Candidates also begin work on a dissertation. Research in the field of Computers and Information Systems focuses on problems of design, performance analysis, and optimization of computers and information systems. Current thesis titles are listed below.
To qualify for a minor in Computers and Information Systems, active participation in two CIS PhD seminars is required (the joint CIS/OMG seminars are acceptable). A passing grade on the Computers and Information Systems Qualifying Exam is necessary, plus a grade of B or better in the following courses:
or substitutes approved in advance by the Computers and Information Systems area coordinator.
Abraham Seidmann, Area Coordinator
Flexible manufacturing-systems management, corporate information systems, computer control of production systems, and dvanced financial information systems development.
Rajiv M. Dewan
Economics of information management, finance and accounting information systems, high-tech marketing, telecommunications network design, and data management.
Products and price competition for information goods, and factors influencing growth of the online services industry.
Edieal J. Pinker
Modeling of flexible work forces in uncertainty, and the influence of information technologies on design and structure of work and implications for management.
Listed below are titles of MBA level courses (for descriptions the Simon Information Guide), and descriptions of PhD level courses in Computers and Information Systems.