The PhD in Business Information Systems (BIS) at Mississippi State University offers students the opportunity to learn in a challenging and dynamic academic environment. The program prepares students to teach and do research in a variety of academic settings, and our graduates have taken jobs at schools such as University of Cincinnati, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Northern Illinois University, University of New Mexico, University of Tennessee, and many universities outside the U.S. In addition, our faculty has degrees from a variety of schools that reflect a diversity of academic philosophies including University of Nebraska, Harvard Business School, Florida State University, Virginia Tech University, Auburn University, and Arizona State University.
Our doctoral program emphasizes teaching, and faculty work closely with students to help them learn how to excel in the classroom. The program offers courses about teaching methodologies, and faculty provide students with teaching materials that they can adapt for many of the courses they teach. By the time doctoral students graduate, they are qualified to assume responsibility for the foundational courses that most universities expect new faculty to teach and manage, as well as more specialized or advanced courses such as programming classes, systems analysis and design, data base, decision support systems, and business telecommunications.
Because the doctoral program is small (6-8 students at a time), students can expect to receive one-on-one attention. They can also expect an atmosphere of camaraderie and collegiality among their fellow doctoral students. This facilitates close relationships not only during the program, but after as it is completed as well. Many of our students continue to work with each other and with our faculty long after they graduate. These opportunities build lasting working relationships, and a network of colleagues is becoming rarer as doctoral programs at many schools become larger and more comprehensive. Thus, the choice to pursue a PhD in Business Information Systems at Mississippi State University provides a complete, high- quality doctoral experience with a personal touch.
For specific information about the Business Information Systems PhD program at Mississippi State University, please contact the coordinator, Dr. Merrill Warkentin.