information science

Doctor of Philosophy

Information Science

Program of Study

Fundamentals of Information Technology

(4 modules):

  • Database Applications
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Web Technologies
  • UNIX and Networking

Core Courses 

  • Managing Information and Technology in Organizations 
  • Information and Society
  • Information Organization 
  • Information and Computing 
  • Information Policy 

Research Methods

  • Research Seminar Sequence
  • Information Science Research Conference
  • Research Design in Information Science
  • Doctoral course in statistics/quantitative analysis 

Primary Specialization and Field Exam

Six to seven courses in your area of interest. 

Secondary Specialization

Three courses in another specialization area.


Comprehensive Exam

Literature Review

Publishable Paper


See graduate bulletin for details.

Areas of Specialization

Geographic Information Science

Required courses: Development of Geographic Thought, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Seminar in Geographic Information Systems

Sample electives: Digital Image Analysis, Advanced Cartography, GIS in Criminal Justice, Graduate Internship in Geography


Information Assurance 

Required coursework in information systems, networks, databases, and statistics. See PhD student manual for details.

Sample electives: Data Mining, Cryptography, Information Retrieval, Auditing of Advanced Accounting Systems, Information Security, Computer Forensics


Information, Government, and Democratic Society 

Required courses: Foundations of Government Information Strategy and Management, Theories and Research in Political Communication, Information and Public Policy

Sample electives: Message Design and Social Influence, Technology and Contemporary Organizational Life, Responsible Use of Criminal Justice Information, International Law and Organization


Information in Organizational Environments 

Choose from three tracks: general organizational studies, micro-organizational studies, or macro-organizational studies.

Sample courses: Cultural Analysis of Organization, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Group Dynamics, Managing Productivity and Quality of Work Life, Complex Organizations and Bureaucracy, Creativity and Entrepreneurship


Knowledge Organization and Management

Required courses: Information and Knowledge Organization, Information Storage and Retrieval

Sample electives: Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Logic and Philosophy, Intro to Mathematical Logic


Data Analytics

Sample courses: Spatial Statistics, Remote Sensing, Image Analysis, Database and Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Bayesian Data Analysis, Simulation Modeling for Decision Making, Simulation for Policy Analysis and Design