PhD Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

    • We encourage applications from individuals representing the broad range of disciplines that bring fundamental skills and insights to bear on the range of issues related to understanding and shaping a future of information science as envisioned above. However, all students admitted to the program will be expected to develop a breadth of competencies (including empirical, computational and designerly competencies) that are essential to being a researcher in this diverse, interdisciplinary field.  One’s ability and willingness to expand skill sets should be demonstrated in the Statement of Purpose.
  2. CV or resume
  3. Statement of Purpose
    • Your statement of purpose should describe a question, problem or topic in information science that you have a passion to address.
    • Please describe how your previous academic training, professional experience and/or personal passions have led you to this question, problem or topic and have drawn you to this degree program.
    • Identify the faculty members with whom you would be interested in working and why.
    • Your statement should be a maximum of two pages.
  4. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 and graduate GPA of 3.5, if any prior graduate course work was taken
  5. One unofficial transcript from each college or university attended
  6. Three letters of recommendation from people qualified to judge your potential for success in graduate school
    • The most compelling letters will provide specific observations about the candidate’s promise in analytical thinking, scientific communication (both oral and written), research and teaching, as well as demonstration of teamwork and collegiality.
  7. Scores from the general GRE. International students must also have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (IBT 100).
  8. Optional: A writing sample in addition to the Statement of Purpose

Deadlines (subject to change)

Fall 2019 application deadline for USA PhD applicants is Dec. 1, 2018.

Fall 2019 international application deadline for PhD applicants is Dec. 1, 2018.

Applications Guidelines and Resources

For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.

Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.

ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts.

Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application