Ph.D. in Library and Information Science
Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership (CHIL) Program
SLIS is accepting
applications from Spectrum Scholars for Fall 2014. The application
deadline is March 15, 2014.
The mission of this program is to provide doctoral-trained
teacher scholars for library and information science programs across
the nation, and to promote the research-based foundation for these
areas within the profession.
Admission to the Ph.D. program is competitive and is based on a
holistic review of the strength of the applicant's educational
background (with the expectation of a master's-level degree in
a related field), standardized test scores, work experience, a
statement of research interests, and a personal interview.
- Application requirements for the Ph.D. program
- An official transcript with baccalaureate degree
posted from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting
agency. The GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
letters of recommendation are required. The recommenders should
be in a position to evaluate (a) your academic performance
at the undergraduate or graduate level (e.g., faculty or instructors)
or (b) your job performance (e.g., supervisors or administrators).
Letters from friends and relatives which speak only of the
applicant’s personal attributes will not be accepted.
For guidance concerning this matter, please contact the SLIS
Graduate Admissions Coordinator. Applicants are required
to provide contact information for recommenders who will be
contacted by the Graduate School.
- The School of Library and Information Science Supplemental
Application which is accessible through the Graduate School application.
The Supplemental Application includes an essay requirement. Applicants
must respond to the statements provided on the application when
writing the essay.
- Resume or curriculum vitae outlining
educational and professional achievements.
- The General Record Equivalency (GRE) official
score report must reflect scores within three years of your application.
The combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 or above and
either a verbal score of 160 or above or a quantitative score
of 148 or above is required on the GRE taken beginning August
2011. Tests taken before August 2011, but within the three years
of your application must reflect combined scores of 1000 or above
with either the verbal or quantitative of 600 or above.
- International Students: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) International students whose native language is not English must also submit an official score report with a minimum score of 570 paper-based or a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based test. TOEFL scores are available from ETS for two years. Information can be found at www.ets.org/toefl.
- Applicants will be required to participate in an interview
with the doctoral committee.
Several highly competitive fellowships
are available that pay both a stipend and a reduction of tuition.
Students must complete an approved program of
54 credit hours of 700- and 800-level courses beyond the master’s
level, including a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation preparation
with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above.
Core Courses (15 Hours)
- SLIS 801 - Research Issues in Library and
- SLIS 802 - Theory and Research Methods
in Library and Information Science
- SLIS 803 - Information and
- SLIS 804 - Preparation for Academic Careers
in Library and Information Science
- SLIS 805 - Information Policy
Research Methods (6 Hours)
- Qualitative Research – chosen
from advisor-approved options such as EDRM 740 or ANTH 719
- Quantitative Research - chosen from advisor-approved options
such as STAT 700 or STAT 701
SLIS Electives (12 Hours)
- Chosen from advisor-approved 800-level seminars
or 700-level courses appropriate to research interests and the
production of work designed for scholarly publication or presentation
Cognate Courses (9 Hours)
- Chosen from advisor-approved courses from
another discipline related to the student’s research
interests (i.e., mass communication, sociology, education,
anthropology, computer science, English, geography, history,
marketing, philosophy, political science, psychology, public
- Comprehensive Written and Oral Examinations
- Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours)
The intent of the University and Graduate School
residency requirement is to ensure that doctoral students benefit
from and contribute to the full spectrum of educational and professional
opportunities provided by the graduate faculty of a research university.
When establishing residency, the student should interact with faculty
and peers by regularly attending courses, conferences, and seminars
and using the library, library services, and other resources that
support excellence in graduate education.
The doctoral residency requirement may be satisfied
only after admission to a doctoral degree program. It requires
enrollment in at least 18 graduate credit hours within a span of
three consecutive semesters (excluding summers). Enrollment in
a summer term is not required to maintain continuity, but credits
earned during summer terms (including May Session) will count toward
the 18 hours required for residency.
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