With built-in flexibility to accommodate working professionals in Information Systems & Technology, our PhD in program prepares you to conduct relevant IS&T scholarship and make lasting contributions to the academic research community.
The PhD program maintains a design-centric emphasis that focuses on solving pragmatic problems using a mixture of creative designs and existing theory. Technical courses provide the requisite skills to develop these IS&T solutions. Spanning applications in education, health, government, business, and more, our curriculum trains candidates to develop the research and analytical skills to evaluate the effectiveness of designed solutions and their impact on improving human performance and addressing societal challenges. Five available concentrations allow students to customize a track of study that best aligns with their interests and career aspirations while providing a flexible curriculum and schedule that accommodates both full-time students and working professionals.
- Well-equipped research clinics and laboratories enable you to work directly on applied and academic research, including:
- IDEA Lab
- Data Science Lab
- Advanced GIS
- Social Learning
- You can pursue a PhD in Information Systems & Technology in conjunction with another degree program at CGU, such as an MA in Public Policy. You earn a diploma for each degree, “double count” some units from one program to the other, and decrease your required total units.
- Our GIS Club convenes students and professionals interested in geographic information systems (GIS) and informs the local community about the latest GIS workshops and conferences.
- This program is STEM designated, allowing international students who hold F-1 visas to apply for OPT work authorizations for a total of 36 months (an initial 1-year period and a 24-month OPT STEM extension) of paid work experience in the U.S. after graduation.