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 organization, evaluation, and use of information. Each doctoral student will be expected to articulate his or her own goals within these general areas.
The School of Information Resources and Library Science is authorized to offer the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with an emphasis in Information Resources and Library Science. A student must minor in a second area, determined in consultation with the faculty advisor and approved by the SIRLS Ph.D. Studies Committee.
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.
Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and based on both the applicant's abilities and faculty interest and expertise in the student's proposed area of study. SIRLS may deny entry to an otherwise qualified applicant if there is insufficient faculty interest in working with that applicant.
Admission to any graduate program at the University of Arizona is the responsibility of the Graduate College. SIRLS and other schools and departments with graduate programs make recommendations to the Graduate College.
The following are guidelines. The faculty consider the overall package when making candidate evaluations:
GRE scores that are indicative of significant promise. This is normally a minimum of the 80th percentile or higher on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the test. There is no need to take or submit a specialized test. A photocopy of the Score Report is acceptable.
SIRLS sees as a priority funding for Ph.D. students in their first three years of study. Opportunities exist within SIRLS and on campus for graduate assistantships, scholarships, and other forms of support.
There are two parallel sets of requirements for the Ph.D.
The following is a summary of the Graduate College requirements. For the full text of the requirements, see the Graduate Catalog.
|Application Acceptance Rate||20%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||n/a|
|Enrollment Percent Male||55%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||45%|
|Enrollment Percent International||18%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||27%|