Doctorate in Business Administration option in Management Science and Information
The management science and information systems Ph.D. program prepares students for
a career as a college professor in upper and mid-tier research universities. You will
be immersed in information systems research and publication, national level conferences
and college-level classroom instruction. OSU faculty have diverse technical and behavioral
information systems, research interests and are nationally and internationally known
for their research over a range of topics. These topics include data analytics and
business intelligence, information assurance, management science, enterprise systems,
and productions and operations management.
The Ph.D. program requires 60 credit hours of coursework. The doctorate has the following
program curriculum requirements: • 15 hours of approved methods courses, which 6 hours come from MSIS • 12 hours of core seminar and practicum coursework from MSIS • 6 hours of seminar and practicum coursework will be chosen by the student in conjunction
with a faculty committee to support the individual student’s specific interests and
needs • 6 hours of approved electives, chosen by the student in conjunction with a faculty
committee • 18 hours of dissertation with a faculty advisor and chair
For a list of departmental course offerings, refer to the course catalog starting at the 6000 level.
Research and Faculty
The OSU MSIS faculty represents a well-balanced portfolio of academic scholars. The faculty is active with research and publication with a dedication to the students'
learning experience and successful career development. Additionally, the faculty is
committed to maintaining a collegial work environment while remaining supportive
of professional development.
The priority deadline is December 15 with a final deadline is February 1. Admission
is for the Fall semester only for on-campus. We do not offer an online doctoral program
or a distance learning program. The program is full time and on campus with the expectation
of students living in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
GMAT test score (minimum of 600) or GRE test score (minimum of 320). The recent average
GMAT score for accepted applicants is 683; the recent average GRE score is 323. Test
score (from test taken within the last 5 years) is required and this requirement will
not be waived.
A minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required. The recent average of accepted applicants
A master’s degree is required. While preference will be given to applicants with a
technical degree (i.e., Information Systems, Computer Science, Engineering, etc.),
other degrees are also acceptable so long as the entirety of the application is competitive.
As an example, a recent graduate entered the program with a MS in Physics while another
had a MBA.
For international students, a TOEFL (Internet) of 95 is required.
In addition to these requirements, the following are requested for your application:
Resume highlighting your work experience, previous and current research (if any),
technical skills and educational background.
Publications (pdf versions) from conferences or peer-reviewed journals (if any).
Three letters of recommendation (academic or industry; at least one academic) on your
character, abilities, personality and temperament.
Statement of purpose addressing the following: 1) Why you desire to earn a doctorate,
2) why information systems is a good fit (as opposed to other fields) and 3) how the
qualities and attributes you possess lend themselves to you successfully completing
While the expectation is for all applicants to meet these requirements, we understand
this will not apply to everyone. For example, it is entirely possible to have a competitive
application without having a high GMAT score. This could include impressive work experience
or prior academic publications.
After applications are reviewed, selected applicants will be contacted for an interview
with the doctoral committee. The interview is not an assessment of your technical
abilities per se but rather to ensure you are the right candidate for our program
and if the program is a good fit for you.
All applicants will be notified no later than March 1 of the application decision.
Cost & Assistance
All qualified students admitted to the Ph.D. in Business Administration program in
the Management Science and Information Systems field of study are initially offered
a graduate research assistant position (GRA) and then later in the program, a part-time
teaching position as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA). These positions require
that the student perform research and teaching duties as assigned by the department
head for an average of 20 hours per week. These positions include a full tuition waiver
for eligible graduate courses, fee waiver, health insurance and a stipend of $25,000
for the academic year. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive up to $5,560 for summer support.