Information Systems

Doctor of Business Administration in Information Systems

The Information Systems major of the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program is a research-oriented degree program that emphasizes management of Information Systems. The DBA program prepares a student for an academic career in teaching and research at the college or university level. All students are expected to complete several core courses in research methodology before starting their specialization in Information Systems.

The next DBA cohort begins Fall 2018. The deadline to apply is February 16, 2018.
Applications will not be processed until Spring 2018.

Program Design

The DBA program with the IST major is designed to provide an academically rigorous experience to a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students. The lock step structure allows for timely completion of the degree, whether you attend on a part-time or full-time basis. This website contains up-to-date information about the DBA program with IST major, its preparatory requirements, advanced analytical core and the major fields.

Admission Requirements

The basic preparation for the DBA program is the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, or a Master's in Information Systems, or their equivalent from a program accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

If the applicant’s Master’s degree is not from an accredited program, or the student does not have the appropriate Master's degree, he/she must present evidence of completing required background courses in Management and Information Systems. The admission committee can specify additional background courses before admitting the student to the DBA program. For a complete description of the preparatory requirements, please refer to the sections below.

In addition to the above background, an applicant must meet the Admission Requirements for the Graduate College as well as a score of at least 1,260 points based on the following formula:

(200 * Graduate GPA) + total GMAT score = 1260 points

A minimum score of 70th percentile on the GMAT is preferred. GMAT scores should be reported from a test taken within the five years immediately prior to application to the DBA program. The formula outlined above serves as a general guideline to the Doctoral Program. Faculty Committee makes the final admission decisions.

Summary of the minimum Admission Requirements for the DBA Program with IST major

  • The student must have an MBA or a Masters's In Information Systems, or equivalent degree from an accredited program
  • Must score 1260 points (200 * Graduate GPA + GMAT Total Score)
  • Should have a minimum of 70th percentile in a GMAT taken within 5 years immediately prior to application to the DBA program

Preparatory Requirements

IS applicants are expected to have completed an MBA or a Master's degree in Information Systems or in a closely related field from a program accredited by AACSB international. Students who lack sufficient IS background should take courses from the preparatory sequence below. The exact sequence will be determined by an advisor at the time the application is processed.

The categories and the suggested courses are listed below:

Business Preparatory Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

  • ACT 501 Financial Accounting
  • FIN 501 Financial Management
  • MKT 501 Marketing Management
  • MGT 501 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • OSM 503 Statistical Methods for Business Decisions

IST Preparatory Requirements (16 Credit Hours)

  • IST 602 Advanced Programming of Business Systems
  • IST 603 Systems Analysis Methods
  • IST 604 Design and Implementation of DBMS
  • IST 606 Management of Business Networks

Preparatory courses can be waived based on the individual applicant's background.

Advanced Analytical Core (14 Credit Hours)

All IST majors are required to complete the courses listed below:

  • DBA 720 Seminar on Business Teaching Methods
  • DBA 802 Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • DBA 803 Business Research: Analysis and Applications
  • IST 800 Research Design and Measurements

Major Field

A student is required to complete 20 semester hours of required coursework in the major field. In addition, a student will be required to complete a minimum of 9 semester hours towards electives in consultation with the student's advisor to meet a support field requirement. It is expected that these electives will contribute towards the student's research agenda. Any IST course taken without prior satisfactory completion of all catalog prerequisite courses will not be counted towards fulfillment of graduation requirements.

The student will be required to complete a doctoral dissertation that carries a variable number of credit hours. The student may register for research seminar with a minimum of 6-8 credit hours (explained below) or may register for the doctoral dissertation which has a minimum of 18 credit hours.

A quick review of the dissertation submission process to assist students is available here: At-A-Glance Submission Reminder for Dissertations  . For more in-depth instructions, visit the graduate college's web page on dissertation format guidelines.

Required Courses (20 Credit Hours)

Electives (9 Credit Hours) - Towards a Support Field Requirements

These courses must be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor and may include appropriate Masters and Doctoral course from related fields. Suggested courses in the Information Systems area include the following:

Research Credit Requirements

6-8 hours of research seminar are required. Student may register for research seminar credits beginning their 2nd year but before dissertation proposal defense. These research credits can be completed by taking the following courses: IST 891IST 895, or IST 896. Please consult an advisor for more details.

IST 899 Doctoral Dissertation (Variable Credits)

A minimum requirement of 18 hours.

Financial Assistance

With respect to the nature of the part-time program, a limited number of doctoral assistantships are offered. Applicants should indicate their interests for an assistantship at the time of application. Need for assistantship is not a factor in admission decisions.

For More Information

Contact the DBA program at or 216.687.9351 and ask for Ashley Hawkins.