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


Dissertation


See the Graduate Bulletin for details.


For more information, contact Tiffany Williams-Hart at [email protected].

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

International Students

This degree is designated as a STEM program. International students maintaining F-1 status are allowed to apply for up to 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) following completion/graduation from their degree program. Currently, this degree program is also designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an eligible degree for the F-1 STEM OPT work authorization extension; students who secure qualifying employment may be eligible to apply for the STEM OPT extension for a cumulative total of up to 36 months of F-1 OPT work authorization.

Program Faculty
Rukhsana Ahmed
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Communication
Gary Ackerman
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Laboratory Development
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Brandon Behlendorf
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
DeeDee Bennett
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
George Berg
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Peter Brandon
Professor and Chair
Sociology
Alexander Buyantuev
Associate Professor, Program Director - Geography MA
Geography & Planning
Shobha Chengalur-Smith
Professor
School of Business, Information Systems and Business Analytics
Suraj Commuri
Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives Lead
School of Business, Marketing
Stephen Coulthart
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Philip B. Eppard
Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Ingrid Fisher
Associate Professor
School of Business, Accounting and Law
J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
Associate Professor
Public Administration & Policy, International Affairs, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Mila Gascó-Hernandez
Research Associate Professor
Public Administration & Policy, International Affairs, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Carol Anne Germain
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Norman Gervais
Professor of Practice
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Sanjay Goel
Professor
School of Business, Information Security and Digital Forensics
Jennifer J. Goodall
Vice Dean
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Alex Greer
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Robert P. Griffin
Dean, Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Matthew C. Ingram
Associate Professor
Political Science, International Affairs, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies
Hemalata Iyer
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Sam Jackson
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Shiguo Jiang
Assistant Professor
Geography & Planning
Victoria Kisekka
Assistant Professor
School of Business, Information Security and Digital Forensics
Rey Koslowski
Professor, Director of the Master of International Affairs Program
Political Science, International Affairs, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Archana Krishnan
Assistant Professor, BA/MA Program Coordinator
Communication
Catherine T. Lawson
Associate Professor, Program Director - Masters of Regional Planning
Geography & Planning
Luis Felipe Luna-Reyes
Vice Chair of Public Administration and Policy, Associate Professor
Public Administration & Policy, International Affairs, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Erika Martin
Associate Professor and PhD Program Director
Public Administration & Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Terry Merz
Visiting Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Brian Nussbaum
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Theresa A. Pardo
Research Professor
Public Administration & Policy, International Affairs, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Samantha Penta
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Eliot H. Rich
Associate Professor
School of Business, Information Systems and Business Analytics
David L. Rousseau
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Peter Shea
Professor
Educational Theory & Practice, School of Education
Amber Silver
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Donghee Sinn
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Joette Stefl-Mabry
Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Eric Stern
Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Jeannette Sutton
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Kinsun Tam
Associate Professor
School of Business, Accounting and Law
Unal Tatar
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Giri Kumar Tayi
Professor
School of Business, Information Systems and Business Analytics
David Turetsky
Professor of Practice
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Raymond K. Van Ness
Assistant Professor
School of Business, Management
Kevin J. Williams
Professor, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Fan Yang
Assistant Professor
Communication
Benjamin Yankson
Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Michael Young
Professor of Practice
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Xiaojun (Jenny) Yuan
Associate Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
faculty

Admissions Requirements

Deadlines

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: January 15
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available
 

No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

Fall: January 15
Spring: Not Available
Summer: Not Available

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores*
  • Resume
  • Statement of Goals

*The GRE will be waived as a requirement for admission to the Information Science doctoral program for Fall 2022 applicants.

The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. 

Special Notes

This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.