PhD Minor in Information

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PhD Minor Requirements

A PhD 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 PhD comprehensive exam). Some of our graduate courses have prerequisites, but you may confer with the instructor to see if they can be waived depending on your background.

PhD students pursuing a Minor in Information who previously completed a master’s degree in the School of Information may be able to use INFO credit from their master’s degree towards the minor, with minor faculty advisor approval.

Comprehensive Exams

The form of the PhD Minor in Information written exam would typically be a 2-hour paper. Alternatively, it could be a format aligned with the major exam of 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 PhD Minor committee. A second faculty member is optional and may be a School of Information affiliated faculty member.

Students may select an affiliate faculty member as their minor advisor, but then they must also select a core/primary iSchool graduate faculty member.

To declare Information as a PhD 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.

More Information

For more information or assistance, please contact Zack Lischer-Katz, assistant professor and director of graduate studies, at