A Ph.D. in Information prepares researchers for careers in which they conduct original research in academia, government, and industry.
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.
Applicants must meet Graduate College admission requirements and apply to the Graduate College.
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. School of Information may deny entry to an otherwise qualified applicant if there is insufficient faculty intellectual overlap for working with that applicant.
Admission to any graduate program at the University of Arizona is the responsibility of the Graduate College. The School of Information and other schools and departments with graduate programs make recommendations to the Graduate College. Please note that most schools and departments, including School of Information, prefer to set a standard for admission that is higher than the absolute minimum levels for admission to the Graduate College.
The following are guidelines. The faculty consider the overall package when making candidate evaluations:
Admission to the doctoral program normally occurs in the fall semester, with a deadline of February 15.
The Graduate Committee makes recommendations to the faculty, who then vote for admission or rejection with a simple majority prevailing. Faculty expertise and interest in the student’s area of study are major factors in the admission decision.
Please complete this online application for admission to the Graduate College with a $85 application fee. As part of the online application, you are required to submit the following materials. Please do not email or mail these materials to the School of Information or Graduate College. These materials are inputted into your online application:
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School of Information
The University of Arizona
1103 E 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
Required test(s): GRE
Minimum GRE Verbal: 80th percentile
Minimum GRE Quantitative: 80th percentile
Minumum GRE Written: 80th percentile
If an international applicant, please see minimum language test requirements for Graduate College admissions. Please note: **International Applicants: Per immigration regulations, students admitted to a graduate program must enroll in a total of 9 units, of which 6 of those units must be courses taught in-person and only 3 online units may be used toward full-time enrollment. For questions regarding enrollment, please contact the School of Information (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
The School of Information views as a priority funding PhD students in their first three years of study. Opportunities exist within the School and on campus for graduate assistantships, scholarships and other forms of support.
To quality, the student need to have had an active role in a grant proposal development or have applied for support money from other internal/external sources (e.g., SBSRI, Confluence, NSF Dissertation Improvement, see Anthropology for examples: http://sociology.arizona.edu/graduate/grants-external) this year before applying for this SI travel fund. Only doctoral students with annual reports files in year two or beyond and in good standing qualify.The travel grant may be spent only on university allowable travel and conference expenses. You must demonstrate that you are a presenter at the event. No funds are provided to simply attend conferences as a spectator. In your application, a description of the qualifying funding proposal and your proposed research presentation clarifying your role on the project should be included. Description of your participation in the event and outcomes must be included in your annual review materials.
To qualify, the student must have filed annual reports in year two and beyond and be in good standing. In addition, the student must have completed comprehensive exams or have them scheduled for the very near future. The activities and expenditures for this support must be after comprehensive examinations are successfully completed. The work must have been approved by your committee as being related to your dissertation or preparation of the dissertation proposal. This small fund for research support can be used for such purchase as equipment needed for gathering pilot data, subject/participant remuneration, fees associated with processing data gathered for the dissertation-related project. All IRB and other requirements for ethical research must be met. Funds may not be used to report findings but could be used to travel to conferences or meetings if that travel is to gather dissertation related data. In principle, one SI dissertation improvement grant is made per dissertation this year. Students must have applied for but not necessarily received a grant in the past year including for example university dissertation improvement grants. Students may resubmit dissertation improvement proposals for this SI funding if it is for the same activity for which you are requesting funding. You may only legally receive funding for the same expense once. There should be acknowledgement of the SI Dissertation improvement grant funds in the dissertation and any publication resulted from the dissertation funding.
Some purchases may be made by the business office to avoid the need for reimbursement. All other expenses may need to be reimbursements based on receipts and on University regulations. All equipment and software remains the property of the School of Information and the University.
Funding Rates for this policy period FY 2015-2016: $500 Maximum
Your application for the funds will be reviewed by the graduate committee. To apply, please send your CV, a 500 word abstract on your research, including statements that you meet each of the qualication requirement, and a short description and predicted costs for what you need. The business office: Hong Cui, Director of Graduate Studies, email@example.com
Fall Semester: February 15
This course will survey the active areas of research within information science (information theory, information retrieval, information visualization, information policy, etc.)
This course will survey the various methodologies utilized by information science researchers. Also, in line with the Vision and Mission of the School of Information, it will look at how interdisciplinary research is carried out.
Besides course works, all students entering the program after Fall 2012 need to meet the following esearch seminar and presentation requirements:
Steps to your Degree on Graduate College site: http://grad.arizona.edu/legacy/academics/degree-certification/gradpath
Each year, toward the end of the spring semester in April, the Graduate Committee will seek an annual review of each individual Ph.D. student from his or her respective major advisors. This will be conducted in accordance with the School's Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines. An annual review form is connected to this web page.
Most processes are handeled though the Graduate online system called GredPath. The Graduate College link to GradPath and forms to progressing through the program can be found at https://grad.arizona.edu/gcforms/academic-services-forms.
Applications for admission to the Minor should be made to the Graduate Committee. Successful admission will be contingent, in part, on there being a core/primary graduate faculty member of SI faculty willing to serve as a member of the candidate's Ph.D. minor committee. A second faculty member is optional and may be an SI affiliated faculty member. There may be one or two SI faculty members on the minor committee. Students intending to apply for admission should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies.
Request for course approval for the three courses that make up the Minor, or for variations in the form of the written exam, should be addressed to the Graduate Committee.
Ph.D. Minor students are not required to take normally required core classes unless selested 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.
|Application Acceptance Rate||32%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||n/a|
|Enrollment Percent Male||26%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||74%|
|Enrollment Percent International||8%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||25%|