2018-2019 Bulletin 
    Jun 20, 2024  
2018-2019 Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Information Systems & Technology, PhD

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The doctoral program prepares students to participate in the academic information systems and technology research community. Doctoral graduates are prepared to conduct rigorous and relevant research and to apply learning and skills to teaching, consulting, and other activities.

Admission requirements are available in the Admission  section of the Bulletin.

Degree Requirements

Coursework.  A total of 76 units are required for the degree including one 4-unit Transdisciplinary course .

Transfer Credit.  Credit may be given for coursework taken at other institutions and other courses may be transferred per the University’s policy on transfer credit .

Qualifying Exam.  Students beginning the doctoral program in Summer 2014 and later are required to take the Qualifying Exam within 18 to 24 months after starting the program.  To be eligible to take the exam, students must have completed the specific courses covered by the exam and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, with no grade of less than B+ in those courses.  Students who do not pass the exam on the first attempt are permitted only one additional attempt, to be taken within one year of failing the first attempt.

Doctoral Research Seminars

  • IST 501A - Introduction to IS&T Research
  • IST 503 - Qualitative Research
  • IST 504 - Quantitative Research
  • IST 505 - Design Research

Qualifying Portfolio.  The program requires students to develop a qualifying portfolio.

Dissertation.  Requirements and processes for the dissertation are established by University policy.  Refer to Doctoral Degree Regulations  section of the Bulletin as well as to the registrar’s website.

Grade point average.  Students must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress  policies of the University.  The doctoral program in Information Systems & Technology requires students to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

University Policies.  University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.

Competency Courses

The competency courses do not count towards the 76 units required for the doctoral degree. Students are either admitted with equivalent courses or may enroll in the courses at CGU, understanding that the units do not count toward degree requirements.


MGT 306 or another graduate-level Statistics/Qualitative Methods course is required

Basic Statistics if choosing the data science and analytics concentration

Core Courses - 20 units

  • IST 302 - Database
  • IST 303 - Software Development
  • IST 304 - Communications & Networking
  • IST 305 - Management of IT in Complex Times
  • IST 321 - The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age

Concentration - 16 units

Four concentration courses, equivalent to the elective courses permitted for the master’s degree, are required. 

Five concentration areas are offered:

Data Science and Analytics

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Cybersecurity and Networking

Health Informatics

IT Strategy and Innovation

Additional information is available on the department website.  

Research Courses - 20 units

Doctoral Research Seminars

IST 507- Directed Readings


One (1) Transdisciplinary Course and Four (4) Non-IST Courses - 20 units

Transdisciplinary Course

Four non-IST courses in fields such as management, philosophy, psychology, religion, etc.


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