The goal of the doctoral program is to prepare future intellectual leaders in the area of information. Specifically, the program is geared toward intensive study of the data science and the organization, evaluation, and use of information. Each doctoral student will be expected to articulate his or her own goals within these general areas.
The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge. At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.
We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.
Ph.D. Minor students are not required to take normally required core classes unless selected by the Minor committee; but if they do not, they will have to obtain waivers from the pre-requisite, from the instructors of the courses that constitute their Minor.
Request for course approval for the four courses that make up the Minor, or for variations in the form of the written exam, should be addressed to the Graduate Committee.
This minor requires 9 credits (rather than 12 credits) in order to make the minor more feasible and more attractive for students across campus. A Ph.D. minor in Information consists of an approved 9 credits of SI courses (passed with grade B or better) and a written and oral examination (which forms part of the Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam). The form of the Ph.D. minor written exam would typically be a 2 hour paper with questions requiring 30 minutes to answer or that is consistant with the major exam of the student's home department. If the student is now a Ph.D. student in another department and a previous graduate of an SI Master's program, 9 credits are not always required. In some cases no additional courses will be required; but the SI Minor Committee may require that the student take no more than 9 credits of additional courses in SI to meet the current new field of study of the student.