PhD Curriculum

The Information Quality Track of Computer and Information Sciences PhD Program consists of a minimum of 75 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree including a minimum of 33 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
– IFSC 7192 Seminar for 3 semesters
– 12 hours of electives

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 four track core areas:

  • Information Quality Value and Business Impact
  • Information Quality Strategy, Policy, and Governance
  • Information Quality Assessment, Improvement, and Sustainability
  • Information Systems Analysis and Architecture

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.