The Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) PhD Program is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT). 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.
  • Information Science – focusing on the theory, applications, technologies, and systems that classify, manipulate, store, retrieve, and disseminate information.
  • 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.