Ph.D. in business with a concentration in information systems

As a Ph.D. candidate, you’ll contribute to the advancement of information systems knowledge through high-quality, discipline-based scholarship. Our rigorous curriculum prepares you to teach subsequent generations of information systems students. You’ll also be qualified to apply research methods in the field.

Our typical program size is 15 doctoral students, which means you’ll work closely with outstanding faculty members who have made significant contributions to the discipline.


Coursework includes four doctoral seminars in well-defined information systems areas. These seminars offer breadth and depth of knowledge, giving you the opportunity to develop skills in different areas and approaches to information systems research. We also require one teaching course, five research courses and four electives.

Program and degree requirements


Accepted students are automatically considered for a Ph.D. assistantship. If awarded, this appointment covers all required tuition and fees, and pays a biweekly stipend. This stipend is compensation for 20 hours per week of teaching and/or research performed for the department. Ph.D. assistantships are one-year appointments, renewable up to a total of four years.

Graduate research and teaching assistantships are typically available to support full-time students. A limited number of full-time students may also be admitted without assistantship support.

To be considered for an assistantship, applications must be received by the posted application deadline.

Career opportunities

Alumni employers include:

  • University of Connecticut
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of South Carolina
  • West Texas A&M University
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  • I attribute much of my success to the curriculum I was exposed to at the VCU School of Business. The faculty members are committed to the intellectual and professional development of Ph.D. students, and foster an environment of mutual respect and collegiality.
    Romilla Syed, Ph.D.
    Assistant professor, University of Massachusetts at Boston
  • My dissertation chair challenged my intellectual curiosity in the field of data management and analytics and was the reason I chose VCU for my Ph.D. He continues to help me mature as an independent teacher and researcher.
    Yan Li, Ph.D.
    Assistant professor, Claremont Graduate University