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Business Administration - Information Systems, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The mission of the Business Administration - Information Systems program is to prepare students to excel at two primary academic roles: knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination. The program has had a high degree of success in fulfilling its mission. The goal is to ensure that this tradition is maintained, but also to strive for continuous improvement in training world-class researchers and teachers.

While the focus is on business, Information Technology is tightly integrated with all aspects of our lives. Our research spans phenomena including IT in healthcare, IT Governance, Evolution of the IT Organization, Management of IT resources, Open Collaborative Communities, Social Media, Environmental Sustainability and IT, Social Entrepreneurship, Software Management, and Big Data.

In order to support our research, we use a wide range of quantitative, qualitative, and design science techniques for creating knowledge such as data analytics, machine learning, experimental, econometrics, simulation, and grounded theory.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The research spans the broad concerns of: 

  • Digital Business Technology, Innovation, and Strategy
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  •  Executive Leadership of Information Technology, such as CIO, CTO and their collaboration with other business functions
  •  Role of Technology in Commercial Environments.
In addition to Business Administration core courses, you will take courses in information systems, research methodology, a chosen minor, and attend proseminar s in information systems. Because of the breadth and depth of research on the Urbana campus, students often take graduate level courses from other relevant departments. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Requirements for Admission
  • Educational goals,
  • letters of recommendations,
  • and demonstrated success in research.
Admissions Checklist
  • Completed application form
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43574 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    38356 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38356 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    21214 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21214 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Urbana

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


An assistantship, which would include waivers of tuition and most service fees, is usually included in an offer of admission. Certain exceptional candidates may be offered additional awards as well. If admitted, your letter of acceptance will specify the nature of your assistantship and/or fellowship. Loans and other forms of assistance are often available through the Office of Financial Aid.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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