This degree is housed in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).

As a doctoral student studying information science and learning technologies, you can follow interdisciplinary paths. Approaches to inquiry include technical, cognitive, epistemological, cultural, political, and economic aspects of informing and learning.

Some common areas of interests are:

  • Advanced study of contemporary learning and instructional theories;
  • Human-centered systems design (e.g. interface and information access);
  • Networked learning systems, including digital libraries and learning comities;
  • Cyber-physical technologies (3-D modeling/printing);
  • Information organization, seeking and use;
  • Human institutions, including libraries, that support information access.

Browse our Phd Program Handbook for more details on our program.

Forms & Downloads

See all SISLT PhD forms


You must apply to the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies to be admitted to the SISLT doctoral program and the MU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, to be admitted to the University of Missouri as a graduate student.


For fall semester:

Priority admission: December 15th

Regular admission: February 15th

Enrolling as a Non-degree-seeking Student

Prior to program action on your application, you are free to enroll as a non-degree-seeking (aka post-baccalaureate) graduate student. Please note that only nine credit hours of course work taken as a non-degree-seeking student will be considered as meeting program requirements upon admission.

Admission Requirements

If you do not meet these standards, you should provide evidence of exceptionality in one or more other categories.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Minimum Scores

Taken on or after Aug. 1, 2011:

  • 156 verbal
  • 146 quantitative
  • 4.0 analytical writing section

TOEFL (if applicable)

  • 550 for paper-based test
  • 80 for Internet-based test

Applicants for the summer 2016 semester and beyond will be subject to the new minimum English language proficiency exam scores.


  • Undergraduate: at least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of the degree
  • Graduate (if applicable): at least 3.5

How to Apply

Your application is not considered complete until both the SISLT Student Services Office and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies have received ALL of your application materials.

1. Apply to the University of Missouri as a graduate student through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

If you are an international student, please read the international student admission requirements.

2. Submit the following information directly to:

SISLT Student Services Office
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

  • Statement of purpose 
    • This will be a major source of information for the faculty as they consider your application.
    • Explain your professional intentions, career goals, intellectual beliefs and research interests.
    • Use this statement to convince the faculty that you are a mature, self-directed and purposeful individual.
    • Please do not copy ideas from our website. Rather, convince the faculty why pursuing a doctoral degree is an important life goal for you.
    • You may load statements to the online Graduate Application system or send a hard copy to the SISLT Student Services Office.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • You may load your CV or resume to the online Graduate Application system or send a hard copy to the SISLT Student Services Office.
  • Three letters of reference sent on the references’ letterhead or sent via email by the references directly to the SISLT Student Services Office.
  • Optional: Any other materials you wish to include to support your application (e.g., papers you have published, technical reports you have written or any other supportive materials).


Applicants that meet the minimum requirements will have an interview with SISLT faculty. The SISLT Student Services Office will set up the interview.

Admission Decisions

Decisions on admission will be based on due consideration of all information presented.

Timeline of review and admissions decisions following the application deadline:

  • Within one week, the SISLT Student Services Office will make complete files available to the application screening committee for its review.
  • Within three weeks, the faculty will schedule and complete an interview with each qualified candidate.
  • Within five weeks, SISLT faculty will meet to present and discuss their recommendations. Faculty will then vote on each candidate. At this meeting, applicants who are accepted will be assigned an initial adviser based on compatible interests and current advising responsibilities of faculty. Decisions regarding financial assistance, with the exception of some named assistantships, will not be made at this meeting.
  • Within seven weeks, applicants will find out via letter whether they are accepted.


SISLT Student Services Office