Information Studies PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies prepares graduates for academic and professional careers where an in-depth knowledge of research processes and evaluation is needed. The program emphasizes the study of the representation, storage, retrieval, use, and impact of information resources on society. Graduates will contribute to the knowledge base of the discipline and will take on leadership roles as scholars and administrators in the discipline and the profession.
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program in regular status:
Have a cumulative GPA in course work for the Master's degree of at least 3.5 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants possessing a Master of Library and Information Science (or an equivalent degree) are preferred. Applicants with a master's degree in an allied discipline are encouraged to apply, but must complete the four required courses of the MLIS program in addition to the regular course requirements.
Submit verbal and quantitative scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years.
Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified persons who can attest to the applicant's aptitude for doctoral study. At least one letter must be from an academic.
Submit a writing sample that demonstrates the applicant's analytical and critical thinking skills. This may take the form of a published research paper, term paper from a previous graduate program, or earlier completed thesis.
Applicants are encouraged to bring at least two years of relevant professional experience prior to entering the Ph.D. program.
Applicants lacking the requisite GPA or academic area may be considered for admission on probation, and may be required to complete preparatory coursework.
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