Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3-4 years
Credit Hours:

60 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Explore innovative ways to use technology, harness information and enhance lives through journalism.
The University of North Texas Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. Program (or IS Ph.D. Program) responds to the varied and changing needs of the information age, therefore offering the Journalism Concentration jointly with the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism. The concentration will provide the opportunity for interdisciplinary training, research and professional services in journalism. This concentration will prepare highly-trained academics that are capable of conducting research on the information aspects of journalism.

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Why Earn a Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Journalism?

The University of North Texas Information Science Ph.D. Program with a concentration in journalism, developed and offered jointly with UNT Mayborn School of Journalism, responds to the varied and changing needs of an information age, increasing recognition of the central role of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic, and cultural affairs.

The mission of the University of North Texas (UNT) Information Science (IS) Ph.D. Program is to provide a center of excellence in graduate education and research. Its primary goals are to:

  • Nurture critical and reflective thinking on the fundamental issues and elements of problems of utilization of information
  • Foster an environment of substantive and productive mentoring and apprenticeship
  • Prepare scholars passionate about the role of information in human affairs
  • Foster cross-disciplinary thinking and research.

Students are recruited to the program from a wide range of disciplines and encouraged to expand and refocus their expertise and skills in cutting-edge areas of information science that cross disciplinary boundaries. The multifaceted nature of information science warrants the focusing of resources, courses, and faculties from a broad range of academic units.

Marketable Skills
  • Research and publication
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership ability
  • Data analysis

Journalism Information Science Ph.D. Highlights

Special lectures hosted by the college and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge & Information Professional Association.
The structure of the IS Ph.D. Program deliberately encourages and supports interactions among students and faculty in different academic units. Faculty and doctoral students together pursue research in a variety of areas.
The Department of Information Science offers financial support and scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional academic and creative accomplishments.
The Career Center is one of the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major.
Instruction is offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended, that allows you to balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.

What Can You Do With a Information Science Ph.D. With a Concentration in Journalism?

Graduates of the program are prepared to contribute to the advancement and evolution of the information society in a variety of roles and settings as administrators, researchers, and educators.

Journalism Information Science Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Information Architecture (3 hrs)
Introduction to the basic concepts and components of information architecture within the context of end-user and organizational needs. Provides the student with an understanding of the intellectual technologies necessary to design and implement effective and cost-efficient information systems such as digital libraries, database systems, and a range of other web-accessible resources.
Topics in Digital Imaging for Information Professionals (3 hrs)
Designed to provide each student in the digital image management program of study an opportunity to be involved with the production of digital images; the creation, maintenance and management of digital information databases; intellectual property and copyright issues; the use and management of advanced network and information technologies including web site design and maintenance; and the client markets of libraries, archives, information centers and museums.
Theories of Mass Communication (3 hrs)
Theoretical approaches to communication; examination of the developing literature in this field, including the contributions of social scientists and others; special problems in communications research.
Media Ethics (3 hrs)
Promotes the development of critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary in the mass and hyper media. It examines the relationship between professional ethics and social philosophy and between media practice and a democratic society.
New Technologies of Mass Communication (3 hrs)
Theoretical and practical approaches to new technologies. Build and maintain weblogs (or “blogs”); analyze existing, mature blogs; discuss theories relating to Internet discourse of all sorts. Explores new technologies from the professional perspectives of working journalists and scrutinizes these same technologies from the perspectives of cultural critics who see not only a technology’s utility, but also its impact on society, its workers and its media content.
Information Behavior (3 hrs)
Human cognitive behavior in seeking, searching for, browsing, evaluating and using information. Concepts and contexts of types of knowledge and information need. Professional methods for and practice in user needs assessment, user profiling and mediation processes for purposes of developing user-centered information systems and services.

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