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PhD Business Technologies

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
21500 USD
National
21500 USD

Application fee

International 70 USD
National 70 USD
Department
Tepper School of Business
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)319
GMAT (avg)654

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About this course

The functional areas of business - accounting, finance, marketing, manufacturing - are highly information intensive. Information systems (IS) encompasses the design, use, and evaluation of information and communication systems supporting decision-making in those areas.

The doctoral program in information systems prepares scholars who have a firm understanding of the technical and organizational aspects of computer-based systems, as well as the analytical and empirical skills with which to contribute to basic, scientific knowledge in the discipline. There are a variety of research opportunities available to our students. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend and take part in professional conferences and seminars.

Students in the program master the core material (with some options), gain exposure to the broader aspects of information systems with the help of interdisciplinary resources, and elect to concentrate in at least one specialized area of information systems (e.g., electronic commerce, software development productivity, economics of information systems, etc.).

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Eligibility Criteria

The Tepper School of Business Ph.D. program now requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for ALL applicants whose native language is not English. This includes applicants who have completed degree programs in countries whose primary language is English, including the United States. If your native language is not English, we will ask for valid TOEFL scores.

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Course Modules

The requirements for the PhD students in Business Technologies include all of those for Tepper PhD students, including the First Summer Paper and the Second Summer Paper, plus the following:

 

First Year Required Courses:
Microeconomics I
Microeconomics II
Econometrics I
Econometrics II
Game Theory
Advanced Economic Analysis I
Economics of IS
Advanced Data Analysis
Undergraduate class 70455 if student has no experience on Databases.
Undergraduate class 70453 if student has no experience on System Analysis and Design.  (Student just needs to audit 70455 and 70453 and does not need to take it for credit; alternatively student may also serve as a TA/Grader for these classes)

Upper Level Recommended Courses:
Estimating Structural Models in IS
Advanced Economic Analysis II
Seminar in Information Systems – Recent topics
Bayesian Stat. Marketing
Machine Learning (10-701)
Analytical Models in Marketing
Time Series Analysis
Dynamic Programming
Students are required to declare a reference discipline (Economics or Organizational Behavior & Theory) and take courses in that discipline:

Economics

Students using economics as a reference discipline will generally take the following courses:

Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (47800 and 47801)
Math for Economists (47780)
Econometrics I (47811)
Econometrics II (47812)
Game Theory (47817)
 

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Students using organizational behavior and theory as a reference discipline will generally take the following courses:

Organizational Behavior (47902) (semester course)
Research Methods (47908) (semester course)
Organizational Theory (47890/1) (semester course)
Qualifiers

By the end of the third semester, students must pass the qualifying exams in Business Technologies (see below), and a subset of the Economics qualifying exams focusing on either micro-economics and information economics theory, or micro-economics and econometrics.   Students with appropriate preparation prior to their entry to the program may choose to take the qualifying exams prior to the third semester, however, they must take the entire set of qualifiers as outlined below. For further information, visit the qualifying examinations page.

 

BT Diagnostic Exam:  Tests students knowledge on IT management concepts and emerging technologies.
BT Technical Exam: Tests students knowledge on Databases and Systems Analysis and Design concepts.
BT Research Exam: Tests students abilities to analyze and critique a research problem or paper.
Reference Discipline Exam: Exams will depend on the reference discipline chosen by the student:
Economics: Students who take economics as a reference discipline are required to take the Microeconomics qualifier plus one of the following qualifiers:

Game Theory
Econometrics I and II
Organizational Behavior and Theory: Students who take organizational behavior as a reference discipline are required to take the OB Methods qualifier plus one of the following:

Macro OB
Micro OB

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How to Apply

Online Application with all sections completed must include:

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • Evidence of degree
  • Three letters of recommendation (a maximum of 5 is permitted)
  • GMAT or GRE scores from ETS (Educational Testing Service)
  • Application Fee of $70.00
  • TOEFL score from ETS (for students whose native language is not English)

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