The Ph.D. in Information prepares students for careers in which they conduct original research in academia, government, and industry. Download our informational document on recruiting here.
- For Requirements BEFORE Fall 2014 go to Ph.D. Chronology 2014 and before page.
- See below for requirements AFTER Fall 2014.
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Applicants must meet Graduate College admission requirements and apply to the Graduate College.
A completed application to the Graduate College must include:
- An online application for admission to the Graduate College with a mandatory application fee via a credit card.
No transcripts are to be sent to the Graduate College.
Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and based on both the applicant's abilities and faculty interest and expertise in the student's proposed area of study. School of Information may deny entry to an otherwise qualified applicant if there is insufficient faculty intellectual overlap for working with that applicant.
- Admission to the doctoral program is possible with or without a master's degree.
- All applicants must possess an undergraduate degree that is comparable to an undergraduate degree offered by the University of Arizona.
Admission to any graduate program at the University of Arizona is the responsibility of the Graduate College. The School of Information and other schools and departments with graduate programs make recommendations to the Graduate College. Please note that most schools and departments, including School of Information, prefer to set a standard for admission that is higher than the absolute minimum levels for admission to the Graduate College.
The following are guidelines. The faculty consider the overall package when making candidate evaluations:
- An undergraduate or graduate academic record that is indicative of significant achievement. This is normally a GPA of a minimum of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- GRE scores that are indicative of significant promise. This is normally a minimum of the 80th percentile or higher on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the test. There is no need to take or submit a specialized test other than noted above.
- A minimum of three letters of recommendation that clearly speak to the applicant's promise as a graduate student and as a doctoral student.
- A résumé indicating both employment and educational experience to date.
- A statement of intent from the applicant clearly outlining why he or she is applying to this particular program and what he or she considers the outcome of doctoral study will be. Applicants need not, at this point, indicate potential dissertation topics, but an indication of the area(s) in which they propose to study would be very helpful to the faculty.
- A completed set of application forms for the Graduate College and for the School.
- An interview, on campus or by phone, with selected members of the faculty.
The University of Arizona’s Institution Code is 4832 and is chosen upon registration for tests such as the TOEFL or GRE. Typically within two weeks of the test date, score results are sent electronically to the university, and will appear in your GradApp.
***Please note that all application materials are uploaded to GradApp, with the exception of official transcripts.***
Please email official e-Transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org directly from the institution or mail one (1) official transcript to the following address (do not send to the Graduate College). Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended are required.
School of Information
The University of Arizona
Harvill, Room 409
1103 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Admission - Process
- Admission to the doctoral program typically occurs in the fall semester.
- The deadline for Fall 2019 application submittal is January 15, 2019.
- The Graduate Committee makes recommendations to the faculty. The Graduate Committee makes recommendations to the faculty, who then vote for admission or rejection with a simple majority prevailing. Faculty expertise and interest in the student's area of study are major factors in the admission decision.
School of Information sees as a priority funding for Ph.D. students in their first three years of study. Opportunities exist within School of Information and on campus for graduate assistantships, scholarships, and other forms of support.
Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline
- January15 for Fall semester.
Financial aid applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a funds available basis. Students and applicants may still apply for financial aid after the deadline is passed, but the chance of an award and award amount will be much reduced. For any questions or concerns, please contact Admissions (email@example.com) or 520-621-3565.
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Graduate Assistantship Application Priority Deadline
- January 15 preceding the beginning of the academic year for all terms.
Example: Students applying for a 2019-2020 academic year GA position would apply by January 15, 2019.
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP APPLICATION
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- 505 - Foundations of Information Science (3 credits)
This course will survey the active areas of research within information science (information theory, information retrieval, information visualization, information policy, etc.). 505 will utilize guest speakers from the School of Information faculty as much as possible. The goal is to have topics introduced to entering Ph.D. students by experts on those topics. In addition, this will provide students with an immediate introduction to the faculty of the School of Information and their research. This course may be co-convened with Master of Science in Information students but the class requirements may differ.
- 507 - Research Methods in Information Science (3 credits)
This course will survey the various methodologies utilized by information science researchers. Also, in line with the Vision and Mission of the School of Information, it will look at how interdisciplinary research is carried out. This course may be co-convened with Master of Science in Information students but the class requirements may differ.
- Foundations of Information Science -- 3 credits
- Information Science Research -- 3 credits
- A methodology-specific research methods course -- 3 credits
- Research seminars -- 6 credits
- Directed research -- 9 credits
- Electives -- 12 credits
Besides course works, all students entering the program after Fall 2012 need to meet the following research seminar and presentation requirements:
- to attend and participate live in 6 or more research presentations per year,
- to give a public research-related presentation yearly after the comprehensive exam
- to make two primary-authored submissions, including poster, paper, computer system demonstration, or research proposals, during the time at the ph.d program
Steps to Degree on Graduate College site: https://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/degree-requirements/doctor-philosophy
SI suggested timeline toward Degree:
Each year, toward the end of the spring semester in April, the Graduate Committee will seek an annual review of each individual Ph.D. student from the student and his or her respective major advisors. This will be conducted in accordance with the School's Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines. An annual review form is connected to the bottom this web page (ph.d-checklist). Unsatisfactory progress as identified by a major advisor and concurred by the Graduate Committee will put the student on internal academic probation. A 1-year action plan to bring the student back to the expected performance level will be created by the major advisor and the student, approved by the Graduate Committee. Students on internal academic probation must be found by the Graduate Committee to have successfully and completely executed the action plan at the next annual review to remain in the program.
To qualify, it is preferred that students have had an active role in a grant proposal development or have applied for support money from other UA/external sources (e.g., SBSRI, Confluence, NSF Dissertation Improvement, see Anthropology for examples: http://sociology.arizona.edu/graduate/grants-external) before applying for this SI travel fund. Only doctoral students with annual reports filed on time each year and in good standing qualify. The travel grant may be spent only on university allowable travel and conference expenses. You must demonstrate that you are a presenter at the event. No funds are provided to simply attend conferences as a spectator. In your application, a description of the qualifying funding proposal and your proposed research presentation clarifying your role on the project should be included. Description of your participation in the event and outcomes must be included in your annual review materials.
To qualify, the student must have filed annual reports in year two and beyond and be in good standing. In addition, the student must have completed comprehensive exams or have them scheduled for the very near future. The activities and expenditures for this support must be after comprehensive examinations are successfully completed. The work must have been approved by your committee as being related to your dissertation or preparation of the dissertation proposal. This small fund for research support can be used for such purchase as equipment needed for gathering data, subject/participant remuneration, fees associated with processing data gathered for the dissertation-related project. All IRB and other requirements for ethical research must be met. Funds may not be used to report findings but could be used to travel to conferences or meetings if that travel is to gather dissertation-related data. In principle, one SI dissertation improvement grant is made per dissertation each year. Students must have applied for but not necessarily received a grant in the past year including, for example, university dissertation improvement grants. Students may resubmit dissertation improvement proposals for this SI funding if it is for the same activity for which you are requesting funding. You may only legally receive funding for the same expense once. There should be an acknowledgement of the SI Dissertation Grant funds in the dissertation and in any publication resulting from the dissertation funding.
Some purchases may be made by the business office to avoid the need for reimbursement. All other expenses may need to be reimbursements based on receipts and on University regulations. All equipment and software remain the property of the School of Information and the University.
Funding amount varies each year.
Your application for the funds will be reviewed by the DGS, and possibly the graduate committee if needed. To apply, please send your CV, a 500-word abstract on your research, including statements that you meet each of the qualification requirement, and a short description and predicted costs for what you need. The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) will share acceptance news with the School Business Office and School Director. See contact page for current contact information for the DGS.
A downloadable Ph.D. Student Handbook is linked at the bottom of this page.
Applications for admission to the Minor should be made to the Graduate Committee. Successful admission will be contingent, in part, on there being a core/primary graduate faculty member of SI faculty willing to serve as a member of the candidate's Ph.D. minor committee. A second faculty member is optional and may be an SI affiliated faculty member. There may be one or two SI faculty members on the minor committee. Students intending to apply for admission should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies.
Request for course approval for the three courses that make up the Minor, or for variations in the form of the written exam, should be addressed to the Graduate Committee.
Ph.D. Minor students are not required to take normally required core classes unless selected by the Minor committee; but if they do not, they will have to obtain waivers from the pre-requisite, from the instructors of the courses that constitute their Minor.
Potential career paths for Ph.D. graduates include faculty in higher education, senior software engineer, senior data scientists and director of knowledge-rich institutions (libraries, museums, galleries, etc.)
All students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission. Students may choose a different advisor progressing into the program. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with the advisor throughout the program. Regular meetings 1-4 times a month is expected. Students should be prepared for each advising meeting. Students should communicate with the advisor any circumstances that may affect their progress in the program. Students should make sure their annual review forms are completed, assigned by their advisors, and submitted to the Graduate Committee.
Send all graduate academic appeals to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). See the contact page for the current contact information of the DGS.
It is School of Information policy that the student holds final responsibility for being aware of and responding to all School of Information and Graduate College policies, requirements, formats, and deadlines as they pertain to progression towards and completion of their degree.
Academic Policies of the School relevant to the MA program can be found on this page and on the Policies page. Additional policies can be found at the Graduate College website.
Information about the faculty can be found on the faculty page.
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- Graduate College (from here students may access Graduate College policies, contacts, information about resources, deadlines, and other useful information): http://grad.arizona.edu/.
- Resources for parents, for professional development, for health and wellness, etc:http://grad.arizona.edu/new-and-current-students
- General catalog http://catalog.arizona.edu/(link is external)
- Academic integrity: http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/codeofacademicintegrity(link is external)
- Responsible Conduct of Research: http://www.orcr.arizona.edu/