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.

Program Highlights
  • Well-equipped research clinics and laboratories enable you to work directly on applied and academic research, including:
    • The Kay Center for E-Health Research
    • IDEA Lab
    • Data Science Lab
    • Advanced GIS
    • Social Learning
  • You can pursue a PhD in information systems and 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.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
76 units

COMPLETION TIME
Full-time: 4–7 years
Part-time: varies

Tuition
Cost Per Unit 2016–2017: $1,847

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring | Summer

DEGREE AWARDED
PhD in Information Systems & Technology

Featured Courses

IST 302
Databases & Big Data

Introduces concepts and techniques for database design and management emphasizing the relational model, query optimization and performance tuning, and more.

IST 303
Software Development & Programming

Provides an understanding of modern software development principles and practices to support more advanced information systems and technology courses.

IST 500
Introduction to IS&T Research

Introduces the nature of doctoral studies, the conceptual foundations for information science research, past and current research areas, and researchers in the discipline.

IST 500
Qualitative Research

Provides hands-on experience in designing, conducting and writing up qualitative research while exploring issues in research on information systems questions.

IST 504
Quantitative Research Methods

Explores the design of quantitative studies (experimental and non-experimental), the development and validation of measurement instruments, sampling strategies, and more.

IST 505
Design Research Seminar

Develops students’ skills for implementing and evaluating the techniques and methods that are used in the various phases of design research.

Areas of Concentration

 

Additional Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Research Tools Requirement

Qualifying Portfolio
The Qualifying Portfolio compiles activities that reflect your ability to succeed as a PhD candidate. Although you will work with your faculty advisor to create a portfolio customized to your needs, there are five required items:

PhD Completion

 

Partnerships

Esri
Claremont Graduate University’s comprehensive partnership with Esri, the world’s leading supplier of geographic information systems (GIS) software, offers numerous benefits, including:

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance
CISAT is also a Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Member, which gives our students and researchers access to the latest technologies for use in classroom assignments and projects.

IBM Watson Analytics Academic Program
To ensure students work with leading data analytics technologies, CISAT is part of the Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP), which provides no-cost use of IBM® Watson Analytics software for classroom teaching and research

Faculty & Research

  • Thomas Horan profile image

    Thomas Horan

    Professor

    Research Interests

    Technology Management, Supply Chain/GIS, Health Informatics

  • Samir Chatterjee profile image

    Samir Chatterjee

    Fletcher Jones Professor of Technology Management

    Research Interests

    Design science research, Health informatics, Electronics and telecommunication engineering

  • Lorne Olfman profile image

    Lorne Olfman

    Professor and Associate Director/Acting Director
    Center for Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    User training, e-Learning systems, Knowledge management and organizational memory, Social technologies

  • Terry Ryan profile image

    Terry Ryan

    Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Management information systems, Programming, Software development, Research methods, Statistics

  • Yan Li profile image

    Yan Li

    Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Data science, Data mining, Analytics, Semantic technologies, Databases, Data warehousing, Business intelligence, ICT4D

  • Andrew Joseph Marx profile image

    Andrew Joseph Marx

    Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems

    Research Interests

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote sensing

  • Tamir Bechor profile image

    Tamir Bechor

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Cybersecurity, IT leadership and management

  • Brian Hilton profile image

    Brian Hilton

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), GIS solution development, Data analytics

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