PhD Curriculum

The Information Quality Track of the Integrated Computing PhD Program consists of a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree including a minimum of 30 hours of course-work from 5000 and 7000 level courses, and a minimum of 42 credit hours of 9000-level doctoral dissertation.

Each student’s plan of study is developed in conjunction with his/her doctoral advisor.

Graded Course Work:

– IFSC 7321 Information Science and Theory
– IFSC 7310 Information Systems Analysis
– INFQ 7303 Principles of Information Quality
– INFQ 7367 Information Quality and Strategy
– INFQ 7322 Information Quality Theory
– IFSC 7320 Database Systems and Information Architecture
– INFQ 7301, 7302, 7303 Research Methods
– 9 hours of electives
*All students must register for either the Research Seminar or the Ethics Seminar each semester while in the program

Transfer of Credit:

Transfer of credit is determined by the student’s advisory committee.  Eligible transfer credits must be graduate-level, graded coursework taken at an accredited university and completed with a grade of B or A within the past five years of transfer.

Candidacy Exam:

Students in Information Quality must pass a comprehensive, written test over the

Two program core areas:

  • Information Science Theory
  • Information Systems Analysis

And two of the four track core areas:

  • Information Quality Principles
  • Information Quality Research and Theory
  • Information Quality Policy and Strategy
  • Database Design

Students must attempt the exam no sooner than the beginning of the second semester in the program. A student can attempt the candidacy exam a maximum of two times and must attempt it in consecutive semesters.

Advisory Committee:

The student’s doctoral advisory committee will be composed of five members including the student’s doctoral advisor. The dissertation subject is selected by the student and the advisory committee at least two years prior to the oral defense of the research.