Management Information Systems

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
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IT systems are the backbone of the way we do business today. The PhD in Management Information Systems (MIS) specialization explores LAN/WAN/database systems and the application of contemporary research and current theories in the MIS field to enhance management processes and business outcomes. Through one-to-one mentorship from professors who all hold doctoral degrees you will examine current trends in directing organizational information systems and explore efficient information management strategies designed to maximize business potential. As a graduate with advanced knowledge and skills, you might choose to pursue advanced leadership positions in the field.

General Degree Requirements

Admission to a doctoral program at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution.

The PhD program may be completed in 60 credits. Up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete dissertation research. The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

Foundational Competencies for DBA Programs

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8102, BTM8103, BTM8104, BTM8106, BTM8107, BTM8108 and BTM8109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete BTM8107 Statistics II at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Course Description


Information Technology Management

This doctoral course provides a basic understanding of the value and uses of information systems (IS) for business operations, management decision-making, and strategic advantage with a focus on eBusiness. The course concentrates on providing the tools needed for mastery of the information systems concepts and terms, which are important to end user managers. This course is designed for students who want an overview of information business applications that can be deployed and managed across a broad spectrum. This course, thus, provides a synthesis regarding the ways in which information technology (IT) managers may use various resources to improve business performances to achieve organizational goals.


Database Administration and Management

This course will encourage database administration and management personnel such as executives, strategic planners, network and information technology (IT) and system (IS) managers and scientists, data archivists, corporate librarians and information managers, systems integrators, and consultants to enhance their knowledge of the process of data collection, conversion, and migration. This course will present to students how data models align with the overall scope of business operations, which include hiring and forming strategic partnerships with knowledge workers.


Information Technology Decision Support

This doctoral course provides a professional understanding of the value and uses of information systems for business collaborations and management decision-making. This course is designed for students who desire to understand collaboration, decision support systems, and executive information systems from a business perspective. This course provides with a synthesis regarding the ways in which the students can utilize decision support systems to improve corporate competitiveness within the global marketplace. The course concentrates on providing the tools needed for mastery of decision support systems concepts and terms, which are important for all senior executives and stakeholders.


IT Data Communications Management

This doctoral course will present the economic, social, and management issues involved in building digital production and distribution technologies and network architectures to deliver reliable, consistent, low cost services. Communications network specialists, managers, and consultants, telecommunication managers, satellite tracking system designers, and technical support engineers who manage corporate network equipment, facilities, and land-lines will be able to understand the need to migrate from traditional communications networks to 21st century communication wireless, sensor, and broadband networks.


IT Network Architecture

This course provides a professional understanding of the value and uses of information systems architectures and processes aimed to improve the overall performances of an organization. This course is designed for students who want an overview of designing an enterprise architecture, computer networks, systems applications, and information systems processes. This course provides students with a synthesis regarding the ways in which technologists might develop an enterprise network architecture to improve application accessibility, data storage, and management, communications, and business processes. The course concentrates on providing the tools needed for mastery of enterprise network architecture concepts and terms, which are important for all managers who communicate with technologists about business-related planning that aims to improve enterprise network systems.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD in Business Administration costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,129
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,387
  • Program cost: $68,090 - $71,477
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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