Businesses are increasingly dependent on information technology to remain competitive in a rapidly changing environment. The information technology concentration provides a research-intensive focus in the behavioral, organizational and technical areas of IS/IT. All students will be required to have grounding in both business and technology.
The Ph.D. emphasis in information technology focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct quality research and to develop excellence in teaching while maintaining the ideals of academic integrity and scholarship. We encourage close mentoring and development of research capabilities. Doctoral work includes not only coursework, but also collaboration with faculty on research projects, research colloquia and departmental seminars. Upon graduation, our students are capable of independent work and poised to join the global community of IS/IT scholars.
Our faculty research interests range from highly technical to highly behavioral areas. These include, but are not limited to, computer and network security, infrastructure assurance and protection, electronic commerce, knowledge management, IT innovation and performance, IS/IT economics and IS strategy. Students can specialize in the area of information technology that corresponds to their interests. Graduates are expected to fill teaching/research positions at the university level. Others may enter industry.
The primary goal of the doctoral program in information technology is to prepare students for academic careers in higher education, as well as selected research positions in industry. It provides students with a strong grounding in IS/IT research methodology and the current state of research in behavioral, organizational and technical areas of IS/IT. Doctoral level coursework focuses on research methodology and statistics courses and seminars in information technology topics. In the latter stages, students choose free electives to support their specific interests. While the major part of the first two years is devoted to coursework, students participate in research projects with faculty members. Following completion of coursework, the student will demonstrate proficiency in research by completing a dissertation.
UTSA is a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, as designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. It was also named a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. UTSA is only one of 47 institutions nationwide recognized with this honor and only the third university in Texas to receive this designation. Classrooms are equipped to support coursework in digital forensics, network and telecommunications security, secure operating system development, secure code development and biometrics.
The Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security prides itself in its diversity. The faculty have a wide range of research interests from technical to managerial and behavioral issues. Department faculty publish in prestigious refereed journals such as MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Communications of the ACM, Communications of the AIS, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Information Systems, Decision Science, Decision Support Systems, Database, Omega, Information & Management, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, & Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and IEEE Network.
Our students and alumni are actively engaged in conducting quality research, both independently and with UTSA faculty. Students and alumni have published in important refereed journals including: Communications of the Association for Information Systems, The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, Decision Sciences, Digital Investigation, IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, The International Journal of Health Information Systems and Informatics, International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach, Information and Management, Information Resources Management Journal, International Journal of Information Technologies and Systems Approach, Journal of Information Science and Technology, Journal of Information Systems Education, Journal of Information Systems Security and Journal of Information Technology Management.
Annual Deadline for Applying is February 1st