UA Little Rock Computer and Information Sciences PhD Program

The Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Ph.D. Program is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM). Faculty, curriculum, and resources for this program come from two departments: Computer Science and Information Science. The CIS degree is designed to promote collaborations across several computing disciplines whose bodies of knowledge are interrelated. The following emphasis tracks are offered:

  • Computer Science – focusing on the application architecture whose integrated software systems support the data and functional needs of the enterprise across diverse computing networks. (This program is only available on-campus).
  • Information Science – focusing on the theory, applications, technologies, and systems that classify, manipulate, store, retrieve, and disseminate information. (This program is available on-campus and online).
  • Information Quality – focusing on the theory, principles, models, and techniques for maximizing the value of an organization’s information assets and assuring the information products produced by the organization create value for the people who use them. Creating value from information is an increasingly challenging task as organizations struggle with issues such as data governance, data analytics, changing IT paradigms, organizational change management, data integration and entity resolution, data sharing, data protection, and privacy. (This program is available on-campus and online).

Learning Goals of the Program

(1) Research Conception: A student will be able to conceive and formulate a research plan in his or her computer and information science area of emphasis following an established research methodology and supported comprehensive literature review.

(2) Research Execution: A student will be able to carry out his or her research plan by gathering and analyzing data in an effective and ethical manner

(3) Research Dissemination: A student will be able to communicate and disseminate his or her research to colleagues and to the broader research community through presentations, published papers, and other appropriate channels