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;
  • Advanced networked learning systems, including digital libraries and learning communities;
  • Engineering education
  • Human centered computing;
  • Human institutions, including libraries, that support the production and dissemination of and access to information.
  • Information organization;
  • Information-seeking and use;
  • Learner-centered design, interface design, and information access design;

Doctoral students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits of ISLT Doctoral seminars where one will become fluent in current research in our field and develop writing skills. These seminars are available via face to face or online delivery; they are 3 credits each. Click here for the rotation of doctoral seminar topics.

Reference the PhD Handbook for complete requirements for doctoral program.

Brief description of SISLT courses.

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 Graduate School, to be admitted to the University of Missouri as a graduate student.


For fall semester:

Priority admission: December 1th

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

  • 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

Option for Remote Coursework
Students may be able to meet requirements by taking online classes through the SISLT iSchol and through other units at the University of Missouri. Any arrangements for remote coursework must be made in consultation with the student’s advisor. Please consult the online advising aid for recommendations of courses outside of the iSchool that are available online.

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. Complete the online application form through the University of Missouri Graduate School’s Admissions.

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

2. Submit the following supplemental materials by uploading them to your online application:

  • 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.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of reference sent on the references’ letterhead.
  • 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