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Information Science

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program


Graduate Opportunities

The University of North Texas’ Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. Program responds to the varied and changing needs of the information age and recognizes the increasing roles of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic and cultural affairs.

Graduates are prepared to contribute to the advancement and evolution of the information society as administrators, researchers and educators.

Our program is the nation’s largest fully interdisciplinary doctoral program and the second largest Ph.D. program in the discipline. Its interdisciplinary structure deliberately encourages interactions among students and faculty in different academic units. These units include those in the College of Visual Arts and Design and the Mayborn School of Journalism as well as the departments of:

  • Behavior Analysis
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Criminal Justice
  • Information Technology and Decision Sciences
  • Learning Technologies
  • Library and Information Sciences

This allows you to develop a degree plan tailored to your individual interests. Other advantages include:

  • Access to extensive research library resources on campus and online
  • High levels of faculty-student interaction
  • Involvement of excellent researchers as instructors and mentors
  • Research opportunities through the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge and other College of Information research centers
  • Variety of course delivery formats, including online and blended

You can meet other students and professionals in one of our student organizations, through online networking opportunities and by attending the College of Information Colloquium lecture series.

The College of Information is located at Discovery Park, a 300-acre research facility four miles north of the main campus. The college has the third largest endowment among library and information science programs in the U.S. In recent years, it has received funding for research and student support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, the Online Computer Library Center, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The UNT Libraries, housing collections of more than 6 million cataloged items, have a nationally recognized digital library program that offers millions of pages of historic and unique content. The six libraries are located in six separate facilities and provide electronic access through the Libraries’ web site.

Research opportunities

The Texas Center for Digital Knowledge brings together scholars from multiple disciplines to investigate technologies and practices that enhance organizational and workplace effectiveness. TxCDK provides research support services for faculty members and doctoral students and sponsors lectures and workshops.

The Intelligent Information Access Lab explores effective and efficient methods for access, interaction and analysis of large, distributed, heterogeneous, multimedia and sometimes multilingual information.

The Visual Thinking Laboratory explores the ways humans interact with the territory at the juncture of image and meaning.

The Information Research and Analysis Lab advances the best practices in research and analysis methods, and it facilitates the interdisciplinary research endeavors of faculty, staff and students in the College of Information. The lab also manages a web-based repository of best practices and techniques and offers feebased services to nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

The admission process is competitive and based on a holistic review of your academic history and potential for success. You will need to meet admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® along with the following Ph.D. program admissions requirements:

  • Acceptable GRE scores
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Optional interview
  • Overall 3.4 graduate GPA
  • 300- to 500-word personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample

For international students, a satisfactory TOEFL score or successful completion of the UNT Intensive English Language Institute is required.

More information about admission requirements is available on our website.

Degree requirements

  • 21 semester hours in core areas
  • 18 semester hours in two concentration areas (information theory and design, information and behavior, or information policy and management)
  • 9 semester hours of electives
  • Minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation

You must pass a comprehensive qualifying exam with written and oral components before you begin your dissertation research.

Financial assistance

We offer several financial awards to help you pursue your graduate education. These include competitive scholarships, grants, and teaching and research assistantships.

You may apply for graduate library assistantships in the UNT Libraries after completing 9 semester hours. The graduate school also provides graduate fellowships, assistantships and scholarships.