DeGroote School of Business

Information Systems

In the IS stream, students study the management, use and impact of information technologies in organizations. It is a multidisciplinary field and draws on theory and research from a wide variety of disciplines such as:

  • Organizational behaviour
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Computer science
  • Information studies

The field is broad, and students are free to adopt either qualitative or quantitative approaches to their research.

The program is intended for students with a strong background and interest in information technology. Students should have an avid interest in the managerial and behavioural aspects of the field, as opposed to the technical aspects. Successful applicants typically have a master’s degree in one of these fields:

  • Business administration
  • Computer science
  • Information systems

Required Courses

  • B790 – Seminar on Management Theory
  • Four PhD seminar courses:
    • B784 – Research Methods & Design: Quantitative
    • B785 – Research Methods & Design: Qualitative
    • B793 – Applied Multivariate Statistics
    • K797 – Independent Research Study
  • One PhD Information Systems course, chosen from:
    • K778 – Selected Topics in Information Systems I
    • K779 – Selected Topics in Information Systems II
    • K791 – Knowledge Management Systems
    • K792 – Security, Privacy and Trust in eBusiness
    • K794 – Advances in Information Systems Research
    • K796 – Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics
  • Students may also be required to take additional courses depending on the strength of their background in the field. (The maximum of 12 required courses still applies.)

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