The Ph.D. Preparation Track for the Information Systems program at Brigham Young University was created by Dr. Paul Benjamin Lowry, who directed the program in the years I attended there. The program is still running with current BYU faculty. Students in the program enroll in two seminars designed to emulate doctoral-level seminars, as well as a research methods course, and also work on a research paper to be submitted to a conference or journal.
Since its inception in 2004, students who have enrolled in the Ph.D. Preparation Track have been accepted to top information systems Ph.D. programs, including University of Minnesota, University of Arizona, Georgia State University, University of Pittsburgh, Indiana University, University of British Columbia, University of Arkansas, Case Western Reserve, and Temple University.