Doctoral Degree Programs
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Information Technology (Ph.D.)
Basic Degree Information/Description
The 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.
- Required Degree: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. Other Degree Requirements: Candidates who do not possess a master’s degree in a business, information systems, information technology, data analytics, statistics, or 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.
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete 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: A resume or curriculum vita.
- 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: General GMAT or GRE, not older than five years.
- Other: Applicants may be asked to appear before the admissions committee for a personal interview.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: U.S. Citizens (Domestic) or permanent residents who have earned university level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit all official transcripts from foreign institutions along with an evaluation of the transcripts from an approved Foreign Credential Agency.
- Approved evaluation companies are listed at the following: foreign credential agencies.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- International Applicants:
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 550 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
- Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.
Career Options Available for a Ph.D. in Information Technology
- Private industry
Research Opportunities Available in UTSA 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 AI for the Ph.D.