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Supervision of the PhD program

The PhD program is supervised by co-directors from the Business School and the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department. The duties of the co-directors include scheduling of doctoral courses, setting program policies subject to approval of the Business School and the CSE faculty, working with advisors and doctoral committee chairs to ensure compliance with the program guidelines, resolving disputes, measuring performance of the program over time, and providing the final decision on your admittance.


Upon entering the program, you will choose an advisor who provides mentoring and guidance in the course of the entire PhD study.

Your advisor will work with you to prepare a program of study in the course work part of the program as well as in the other requirements of the program.

Requests to change the advisor must be approved by the co-directors of the PhD program.

Doctoral committee

The advisor and at least three other members form a doctoral committee. The advisor and chair must be a full-time graduate faculty member of the same academic unit as the student.  To foster interdisciplinary work, a student may have co-advisor from the other academic unit of the CSIS program. In addition to the advisor, there will be at least two faculty members from the student’s home academic unit (CSE or IS) and one from the joint academic unit (IS or CSE.) All committee members must be members of the Graduate Faculty.​

For business CSIS students, the program co-director must approve the composition of the doctoral committee. The program co-director will consider the expertise of the committee members in the dissertation topic. The program co-director may appoint a committee member to ensure adequate expertise of the committee for the dissertation topic.​

Plan of Study
Prelim Exam
Comprehensive Exam
Dissertation Advisory Committee
Dissertation Proposal
University Level Instructional Training
Dissertation Completion
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Upon completion of all degree requirements, includi​ng the dissertation defense, you receive the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

If you apply through the CSE you receive the PhD from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and if you apply through the Business School's Information Systems discipline you receive the PhD from the the Business School.​


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