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 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. Upon graduation, international students with an F-1 visa are allowed to apply for a 2-year extension to the automatic 1-year post-graduate Occupational Practical Training (OPT) period.

Admissions Requirements


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 2021 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.