MPhil/PhD in Information Systems

The Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the area of Information Systems. We prepare students for teaching and/ or research careers in universities, research institutes, governments, and business organizations.

Right Column
Text Area

Faculty members of the Information Systems (IS) division are on the editorial boards of the top IS journals. Our IS graduates have gone on to academic positions in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore, UK, and the USA. Some are now full professor/associate professors and on the editorial boards of the top IS.

Structure and Research Streams of our Department

Under the School of Business and Management, the Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management (ISOM) consists of two divisions itself: Information Systems and Operations Management. We, the division of the Information Systems, are interested in various research areas:

Behavioral Research

Faculty members are primarily interested in studying the management of information technology (IT) and the use of IT for managerial and organizational purposes. Research in the information systems field examines more than just the technological system, or just the social system; it investigates the phenomena that emerge when the two interact. Examples include human-computer interaction, user acceptance of IT innovations, electronic communities, e-government, e-commerce, IT strategy, and telecommunications policy. The methodologies employed are surveys, experiments, and field studies. Students with excellent analytical ability and good proficiency in English are preferred. PhD students will need to take courses in psychology, organizational behavior, survey design, experimental design, multivariate statistics, etc.

Analytical and Empirical Modeling

Analytical and Empirical Modeling: Economics has contributed to the theoretical richness and methodological rigor of IS research. Some examples include information economics, the economics of electronic commerce, economic models for the impact of IT on organizations and markets, and supply and demand of IT. This continuing interdisciplinary collaboration will help resolve many difficult IS issues. Faculty members are interested in both analytical and empirical modeling. Students with a strong quantitative academic background are preferred. PhD students interested in the area need to take courses in game theory, industrial organization, price theory, econometrics, etc.

Who can apply

Applicants for admission to PhD programs must possess a first degree from a recognized university or an approved institution, in addition to satisfactory results on Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). We prefer students with good quantitative background or excellent analytical ability; in addition to proficiency in English.

On the application form, applicants should specify potential faculty advisor(s) they would like to work with on their PhD research.

Financial Aids

Studentship will be available to qualified students, based on academic merit.

Why here

The School of Business and Management of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has been ranked consistently as the top Asia-Pacific business school by various reputable rankings. In terms of research strength, the school is among the top-25 in the world according to a recent UT Dallas survey. The Information Systems (IS) group is ranked 12th worldwide based on publications in the very top IS journals (ISR and MISQ).