Broad’s Ph.D. in Information Technology Management prepares candidates to be successful information systems researchers and teachers at prestigious universities.
Our world-class information systems faculty set the foundation for our innovative Ph.D. in Information Technology program. These faculty are nationally renowned for their publications, editorial positions, research grant funding and information systems community leadership.
The main purpose of the Ph.D. in Information Technology Management program is to develop scholars who intend to pursue academic careers in research universities. This is a five-year program for most students, although a few students successfully complete the program in four years. We outline below the Ph.D. in Information Technology Management curriculum, program requirements and financial support available to students throughout the five years.
The Broad College of Business and the Department of Accounting and Information Systems have course and other requirements for the Ph.D. degree that, in total, form a student’s program of study. These requirements are summarized below and provided in more detail in our Student Manual.
Note: Per Broad College requirements, to be in good standing, each student must attain at least a 3.25 (out of 4.0) cumulative grade point average by the end of the second full semester of enrollment and thereafter.
The Doctorate in Information Technology program starts in the fall and only allows full-time students. Find out more about admission criteria and the application process.Learn More
Faculty-student collaboration is a significant part of the Broad experience. Doctoral students have the opportunity to work with some of the top researchers across multiple disciplines. Find out more about the research opportunities for ITM doctoral students at MSU.Learn More
The Eli Broad College of Business Information Technology Management faculty conducts research in the field for a variety of interests. They also conduct research with Information Technology Doctorate students.Learn More
See a roster of current doctoral students in the program as well as a listing of our graduates’ placements at research institutions across the globe over the last decade.Learn More
At the present time, all doctoral students receive financial support from the department, the college, the university and/or various external organizations. Our goal is to provide every student admitted to the program with a graduate assistantship and/or a fellowship. The assistantship is usually at a half-time level. A half-time appointment requires that the student be a teaching assistant and/or a research assistant for 20 hours per week. Renewal of financial assistance is contingent on the student making satisfactory progress in the program.
Assistantships include a nine-credit-hour tuition waiver (i.e. tuition is covered for up to nine credit hours per semester) for each of the fall and spring semesters, a waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition for non-Michigan residents, and health insurance. The waiver does not include registration fees or other fees.
For more information about funding sources, visit the MSU Graduate School.
Five years. This provides students the time needed to complete both the dissertation and the related top-notch research papers needed to be successful on the job market. Occasionally, a student who enters the program with a high-quality research portfolio can graduate in four years.
No. This doctoral program is strictly a full-time program. We require students to be on campus on a full-time basis, since doctoral students will be involved both in coursework, collaborative research efforts and teaching/research assistantships.
Recent placements include:
See more on the Students and Placements page.
Ph.D. students begin the program in fall semester, which usually begins in late August. There are no winter, spring or summer starts. Thus, our deadline for a full application is January 31. Applications received by then will be reviewed and interviews conducted during February. Meeting the January 31 deadline is vital so students entering the next fall can be considered for fellowships and assistantships.
GMAT scores range between 650 and the upper 700s, with most in the lower 700s. We also require a minimum TOEFL score for international applicants. Learn more on the Admissions page.
We generally admit one to three students every fall.
All Ph.D. students are supported by graduate teaching/research assistantships. Recently, Ph.D. students have earned approximately $25,000 annually, in addition to their tuition waivers and health insurance coverage.