Graduate Minor

Ph.D. Minor Requirements

A Ph.D. minor in Information consists of an approved 9 units of School of Information courses (passed with grade B or better) and a written and oral examination (which forms part of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam). Some of our graduate courses have pre-requisites, but you may confer with the instructor to see if they can be waived depending on your background.

Graduates from one of our master's programs, who are also doing a Ph.D Minor with us, may not need to complete 9 units depending on their previous course work. Just what will be required in cases like these will be a decision made by the candidate’s advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies

Comprehensive Exams

The form of the Ph.D. minor written exam would typically be a 2-hour paper. Alternatively, it could be devised to be in a format aligned with the major exam of the your home department, but reflecting content for the School of Information.

Declaring the Minor

Successful admission will be contingent, in part, on there being a core/primary graduate faculty member of School of Information willing to serve as a member of the your Ph.D. minor committee. A second faculty member is optional and may be a School of Information affiliated faculty member.

To declare Information as a Ph.D. minor, you should first consult with a preferred minor faculty advisor and then discuss with your committee in your home department. Once all parties agree you will enter the faculty names for your committee on GradPath.