Information Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science

The Ph.D. program consists of the following components:

  1. a history and foundation of LIS seminar (4 graduate hours);
  2. research methods (8 or more graduate hours);
  3. electives (36 graduate hours);
  4. field exam; and
  5. thesis (32 or more graduate hours).

Thus, a minimum of 48 graduate hours of coursework plus 32 graduate hours of thesis credit are required.

Entering with approved M.S./M.A. degree

A history and foundation of LIS seminar4
Research methods (min 8)8
Electives20-36
Research/Project/Independent Study Hours (16 max applied toward degree)0-16
IS 599Thesis Research0 to 16
Total Hours48-64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 20 hours of electives
A minimum of two years in residence is required to complete the necessary coursework; an additional year or more, preferably in residence, is required for the thesis.
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.25

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. degree

A history and foundation of LIS seminar4
Research methods (min 8)8
M.S. equivalent32
Electives20-36
Research/Project/Independent Study Hours (16 max applied toward degree)0-16
IS 599Thesis Research0 to 16
Total Hours80-96

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 20 hours of electives
A minimum of two years in residence is required to complete the necessary coursework; an additional year or more, preferably in residence, is required for the thesis.
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.25