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College of Information and Communications

Library and Information Science - Ph.D.

Our Ph.D. program provides doctoral-trained teacher scholars for library and information science programs across the nation. It also promotes the research-based foundation for these areas within the profession.

General Information

This research-intensive degree prepares student scholars for faculty and administrative careers at universities, research centers and private businesses. Our students distinguish themselves in advancing the ways people and organizations create and use information.

Our students demonstrate excellence in:

  • Nurturing critical and reflective thinking on the fundamental problems related to using information.
  • Fostering an environment of successful mentoring.
  • Preparing scholars who are passionate about the role of information in human affairs.
  • Fostering cross-disciplinary thinking with research and academic expectations.
  • Mastering the literature and practices in the broad field of information science.
  • Developing in-depth knowledge in their specialty field.
  • Developing profound skills of synthesis and analysis of research.


All application materials must be submitted by February 1 in order to be considered for admission in the program beginning in the Fall.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.