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Information Technology (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Alvarez College of Business offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Information Technology. The Ph.D. in Information Technology provides a research intensive focus in the interdisciplinary areas of information systems, “cyber security” and “data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)”. This program prepares individuals for careers in academia, government, and/or industry. Students should expect to complete the program in four to five years (full time) or longer (part time) (not including any leveling coursework that may be required).

Why a Information Technology Ph.D.?

  • The college's doctoral classes are diverse in terms of professional experience, academic experience, cultural influences and international experiences.
  • Commitment to research and a passion for teaching are two of the qualities that distinguish both our doctoral faculty and our graduates.
  • Students work closely with faculty members in small classes, seminars, research projects and other assignments, aimed towards developing the analytical skills competencies to conduct independent quality research. The focus is on equipping students with strong research and analytical skills competencies for conducting highest quality research.
  • Full time professionals can balance career and education by completing the program as a part-time student. 

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission to the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants often exceed minimum requirements.

For more specific requirements, please visit the  Online Graduate Catalog .

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
 Other Degree Requirements Candidates who do not possess a master’s degree in a business or business-related discipline with sufficient quantitative rigor are required to complete a program consisting of a minimum of 84 semester credit hours. Candidates whose backgrounds are determined to be insufficient may be directed to take additional background or leveling courses before proceeding to the program’s required courses.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Required.
 Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources familiar with the applicant’s background.
 Statement of Purpose  A statement of academic interests and goals for pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Technology.
 Test Scores GMAT or General GRE, not older than five years.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other Applicants may be asked to appear before the admissions committee for a personal interview.

Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Information Technology

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Private industry

Research Opportunities Available in UTSA Alvarez College of Business programs

 Our faculty consistently publishes in premier information systems journals, such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, and Journal of Management Information Systems, and premier cyber security and data analytics journals such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, and IEEE Transactions on Big Data. Faculty publications are also listed as highly cited (top 1% in discipline) and hot (top 0.1% in discipline) on the Thomson Reuters (now known as Clarivate Analytics) Web of Science database. In turn, this also helps students keep current and aware of trends/changes in the fields of Information Systems, Cyber Security, and Data Analytics and A. 

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Raymond Choo, Ph.D.
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-7876

Degree Catalog Link:

Degree Website:

Degree Handbook: COB_PhD_Handbook_Revised_August_2018.pdf

Funding Opportunities

 Full-time PhD's are generally funded with our financial package which consists of a research or teaching assistantship with paid tuition and fees for up to four (4) years. Part-time Ph.D. students do not qualify for guaranteed funding however additional resources may be available.

Course Scheduling and Offerings

 This program will admit full-time as well as part-time students for a Fall term start. This program will only admit part-time students for a Spring term start. Full-time students will normally be expected to enroll for nine hours each long semester, and three hours in the summer semester while part time students are expected to enroll for a minimum of three credit hours each semester. Courses are offered at a variety of times during the semester. Funded full-time students normally serve as either a teaching assistant or research assistant throughout the program.