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PhD Programs: Computer Science and Information Systems


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The PhD in Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)​​

The PhD in Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) offers you research training in both computer science and information systems. The interdisciplinary training prepares you for academic positions, industrial research and development opportunities, and advanced consulting engagements.

  • Creates graduates with CSIS research training who are qualified for academic and non-academic careers.
  • Meets demand for advanced training in CSIS with accommodations for full-time and part-time options.
  • Promotes interdisciplinary research between the Computer Science Engineering department and the Business School.
  • Enhances technology transfer between the university and Front Range technology businesses through joint research, student internships, faculty externships and committee participation.

The CSIS Ph.D. program is a perfect fit for me as I look to take a broader professional role in my future career. I entered the program with 16 years of industry experience. As I go through the curriculum and work on my research projects with Business School faculty members, I am able to rigorously investigate the IS phenomena that experience to develop and test new theories that are more generalizable. The methodology and research courses have provided me with knowledge that go beyond my current professional work and have inspired me to look at projects in a different perspective.

Biswadip Ghosh
CSIS 2007 graduate, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Information Systems, School of Business, Metropolitan State College of Denver

I decided to attend the CSIS Ph.D. program because the work of its faculty members is excellent and highly relevant for my research interest. The courses in the program are varied and cover traditional IS theories as well as recent developments in the related knowledge and methodology. In addition, we can also benefit from the seminar series regularly offered in the school. The school has a progressive research synergy and interdisciplinary work is highly encouraged. For instance, I am free to approach my research topic from the various perspectives of other disciplines such as marketing and economics. Most importantly, the faculty are approachable and always supportive in giving both scrupulous criticism and encouragement. Thus far my experience here has transcended any of my expectations I came in with. After two years of studying here, I do not think I could find a better place to do my Ph.D.

Chuck Wu
CSIS 2007 graduate, Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, College of Management, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

I wanted to pursue a scholarly career in a university. In addition, I wanted to research problems that are associated with information technology design, development and implementation to create business and drive change. CU Denver Business School’s PhD program in Computer Science and Information Systems gave me the platform to pursue my passion. The Information Systems department at CU Denver have well known faculty members in the information systems domain. They have published their research in top information system journals and are familiar with the latest and greatest technology. In addition, every faculty member was willing to lend a helping hand whenever I needed it. The department also provided financial support for me to attend various conferences, which helped me to keep abreast of all the latest research being conducted in the field and interact with top Information Systems professionals from companies like IBM, Microsoft etc.

Bidyut Hazarika
2016, Assistant Professor Western Michigan University

I chose the CU Denver College of Business for my Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) for its robust program and variety of research areas. I am extremely happy with my selection and will always be grateful to all excellent professors who not only provide me with great knowledge and training but also devoted a lot of their time to mentor me and guide me through my degree. My experience with research in the multidisciplinary areas of Information Systems was very rewarding. I highly recommend the program to anyone who is looking for a program that emphasizes on research and challenging problems of cutting-edge technologies.

Yazan Alnsour
2016, Assistant Professor, Department of Management Information Systems, University of Illinois, Springfield

The PhD program in computer science and information systems at the University of Colorado Denver prepared me for a successful career in academia. I had helpful advisers who provided thoughtful supervision throughout the process. I was able to pursue an area of interest and explore an idea in a supportive environment. I am very thankful to everyone at the university who helped make this challenging endeavor a rewarding experience.

Christopher Sibona
2016, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

It was my privilege to be a doctoral student in the UC Denver CSIS program, filled with dedicated and knowledgeable faculties and staffs. It is amazing how much my education and practical training in this program have been serving me in my endeavor as a researcher and an educator at one of the most prestigious medical programs in the United States.

Toan Ong
2014, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine


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