​Ph.D. Field Requirements for completing your degree

Details on Ph.D. requirements to complete your degree are available on the Degree Requirements page.

  • Complete a minimum of 4 core courses chosen from our 5 areas
  • TA for at least 2 semesters
  • Form a special committee consisting of a chair, an IS field member, and at least one external minor member
  • Pass an A and B exam
  • Submit a dissertation

Requesting an Exception to a Field Requirement

Students are expected to meet the field’s minimal requirements. If this is not possible, the student and their Chairperson should propose an alternative solution directed to the attention of the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in writing. The DGS may consult with the current Graduate Committee, Chair of the Department and/or the GFA before making a final decision. All exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis. And all decisions are final. 

The Graduate Field Assistant, GFA, is also a resource for students to consult with for advice on academic and student life issues. The GFA is the liaison with the Graduate School and works with the Student Service Staff at the Tech campus to guide students through the Ph.D. program.  The GFA’s office hours and link to schedule advising appointments can be found on the Staff page.