Our doctoral program offers a research-intensive environment in which to pursue answers to important information problems of our time. Our emphasis is on immersing you actively into research practices with faculty mentors, supplemented by course work that prepares you to reason and evaluate ideas and data across disciplinary boundaries. This is a program for those who wish to advance knowledge and to become researchers, scholars, and teachers.

The information field is broad, allowing for a diversity of research questions and methods. But diversity without depth is insufficient. Doctoral research is intended to advance knowledge and increase our understanding of the world. All students seeking to attain this level of research competence require close partnership with expert faculty who can mentor and challenge them.

Our faculty have disciplinary backgrounds in anthropology, communications, computer science, engineering, English, history, information science, psychology, and science and technology studies. We study problems and build solutions for better information management and knowledge organization, interaction design and information work, to increase our understanding of the role and impact of information in all human endeavors. Our curriculum offers flexibility to tailor coursework for individual need, with the intention of preparing all students to produce high quality, original, and relevant research aligned to our mission as a school.

At the University of Texas iSchool, you will work with faculty who are among the best in the world in their areas of expertise. You will be immersed in an environment that offers the facilities and resources of a top-class research university. If you want to experience the best doctoral education in our field, you should apply to the iSchool in Austin.

Recommended Timeline

The faculty of the School of Information very strongly recommend full-time study in the doctoral program. While every doctoral student’s program is unique, students will complete the program at approximately this pace in full-time study:

  • 1.5 – 2.5 years of coursework.
  • 0.5 years of qualifying procedure.
  • 0.5 years of dissertation proposal.
  • 0.5 – 1.5 years of dissertation.

PHD Info Session

On Friday 17 November at 9-10am Central US Time we will have an online information session (short presentation + text Q&A) for the Texas iSchool PhD program. Panel will consist of a current doctoral student, Kolina Koltai, the assistant dean Carla Criner, and director of doctoral studies, James Howison. Applications for the Fall 2018 start are due Dec 15. Visit this URL to attend the session: https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/phd-info-session

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