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Program Details

Program Requirements 

  • Complete 34 Credit Hours
  • Serve as Teaching or Research Assistant
  • Complete a 1st Year Paper
  • Pass Preliminary Examination
  • Write & Defend Dissertation


Funding is available for up to five years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress in the program. Funding beyond five years is up to the discretion of the department.

For more information, review our funding package.


The MIS doctoral curriculum consists of 34 total credit hours completed over four-five years. The curriculum is broken down into four focus areas: major specialization, research methods, minor specialization, and managerial skills*.

*Managerial skills courses may be waived for individuals who have completed equivalent master’s-level coursework. Please contact our Admissions Specialist for more information .

For detailed descriptions of the courses, please visit Purdue’s online Course Catalog.

  • Major Specialization Courses: 12 Total Credit Hours
  • Research Methods Courses: 12 Total Credit Hours
  • Minor Specialization Courses: 6 Total Credit Hours
  • Managerial Skills: 4 Total Credit Hours

Graduate Assistantship Appointments

MIS PhD students will participate as a graduate research assistant (RA) or graduate teaching assistant (TA) each semester for four years.

Graduate Research Assistant (RA)

RA roles involve a PhD student in a faculty research project.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA)

TA roles often begin with tasks such as grading and helping in computer lab sessions and progress to course delivery responsibilities. All students are required to teach at least one course during their time in the program.


Graduates of Purdue’s MIS PhD program have gone on to secure professional, post-doctoral and teaching placements at the following institutions:

  • Amazon
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Dartmouth College
  • Florida International University
  • George Mason University
  • HKU Business School
  • Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
  • McGill University
  • Miami University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington

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