The Ph.D. in Information Technology provides a research intensive focus in the behavioral, organizational and technical areas of information systems and information technology. This program prepares individuals for careers in research and/or industry. Students collaborate with faculty on research projects, research colloquia and departmental seminars. Students should expect to complete the program in four to five years (not including any leveling coursework that may be required).

Admissions Requirements

Must complete university-wide graduate requirements in addition to the following.

  • A completed application form
  • A statement of academic interests and goals
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (no more than five years old)
  • Three recommendation letters
  • A current resume with employment or other experience
  • TOEFL or IELTS (international students)

Annual application deadline is February 1.

Department of Information Systems & Cyber SecurityDoctoral Studies

Program Highlights

  • Ranked No. 1 nationally in cyber security according to Ponemon Institute
  • Strong research and analytical skills/competencies
  • Ranked the No. 2 cyber security graduate program by
  • UTSA is designated a Center of Academic Excellence and Research by the National Security Agency
  • Strong relationships with national research labs
  • Annual $25,000 stipend with opportunities for additional scholarships and fellowships

Program Background

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.

Faculty & Research

Our faculty research interests range from highly technical to highly behavioral areas. These include, but are not limited to, computer and network security, cloud security, digital forensics, electronic commerce, knowledge management, IT innovation and performance, IS/IT economics and IS strategy. Our faculty consistently publishes in premier information systems journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research and Journal of Management Information Systems and premier cyber security and data analytics journals such as IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and IEEE Transactions on Big Data.

Scholarships & Assistantships

Early application is strongly recommended to be considered for additional scholarships. Assistantships are generally available to doctoral students in good academic standing for a period of four years.

  • Assistantships pay $25,000 per year (20 hours a week)
  • Assistantship awards allow the student to be classified as “in state”
  • Tuition and fees are fully paid and waived for full-time students

The College of Business provides support for Ph.D. student academic travel and generous grants to support research.

For more information contact Kim-Kwang (Raymond) Choo, Ph.D. program advisor at