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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. It also recognizes the increasing roles of information and information technologies in individual, social, economic and cultural affairs.

Upon graduation, you can contribute to the advancement and evolution of the information society as an administrator, researcher or educator.

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 members in different academic units. Some of these units include:

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

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

Outstanding student support

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

The university also provides several services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

A Dissertation Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

The College of Information is located at Discovery Park, a 300-acre research facility four miles north of the main campus. It is designated as an iSchool, a consortium of international information schools or colleges, which makes UNT one of only two Texas universities to be part of this initiative. By banding together with other leading universities to promote information access and management, the college is helping lead the information revolution.

Research opportunities

The Interdisciplinary Information Science Ph.D. program brings together scholars from multiple disciplines to investigate technologies and practices that enhance organizational and workplace effectiveness. Research support services are provided mainly by the Department of Information Science in collaboration with other affiliated departments through summer research grants, travel grants and access to research labs and research centers.

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

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 Center for Information and Computer Security is an interdisciplinary center, bringing together individuals and organizations with an interest in information security, computer security, information assurance and cybercrime.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

The admission process is competitive and based on a holistic review of your academic history and potential for success. You'll need to meet admission requirements for the graduate school along with the following Ph.D. program admissions requirements:

  • GRE scores
  • Master's degree from an accredited institution
  • Overall 3.4 or higher graduate GPA
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 300- to 500-word personal statement that specifies your research interests
  • Three letters of recommendation that attest to your potential as a researcher
  • Academic writing sample

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

More information about admission requirements is available at our website.

Degree requirements

  • 21 credit hours in core areas (information science core, interdisciplinary core and research core)
  • 18 credit hours in two areas of emphasis or one of the approved concentrations
  • 9 credit hours of electives
  • Minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation research

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 degree. These include competitive scholarships, grants and teaching and research assistantships.

You may apply for graduate library assistantships in the UNT Libraries after completing 9 credit hours. The graduate school also provides graduate fellowships, assistantships and scholarships. Visit the graduate school website for more information on these opportunities.