This PhD can be completed either in-person or, if registering in partner programs, entirely online. This degree is housed in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).
As a doctoral student in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, you can follow interdisciplinary paths. Approaches to inquiry include technical, cognitive, epistemological, cultural, political, and economic aspects of informing and learning. Interest areas include:
- Engineering education
- Educational gaming and simulation
- Information organization, access, and dissemination
- Information seeking and use
- Interactive learning environments including VR, embodied and augmented learning
- Learner-centered design, interface design, instructional design
- Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions
- Reading, gaming, and other immersive experiences
- User eXperience (UX) and Human computer interaction (HCI)
The completion of the program will prepare you for career tracks in higher education, public policy, public and private research in various fields including but not limited to interaction design, instructional design, library and information science.
Doctoral students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits of ISLT Doctoral seminars where they will become fluent in current research in our field and develop writing skills. These seminars are face to face and online offerings of 3 credits each. Click here for the rotation of doctoral seminar topics.
Reference the PhD Handbook for complete requirements for doctoral program.
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- Housed in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT), the iSchool at the University of Missouri
- Ph.D. admissions prerequisites: Graduate Record Exam (GRE); TOEFL/ IELTS (if applicable), Master’s Degree and above
- Entry Term: Fall
- Course Requirements: 66 hours (can transfer in up to 30 hours)
- Typical Course Load: Fall: 3, Spring: 3
- Culminating Experience: traditional dissertation or 3-article dissertation
- ISLT Doctoral Program FAQs
- Current PhD Students
- PhD Program Funding
- PhD Dissertations and Masters Theses
- ISLT Research
- Apply to the PhD Program
- For questions about the SISLT PhD program contact the SISLT Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Heather Moulaison Sandy: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For information about graduate study and admissions at the University of Missouri visit the University of Missouri Graduate School.
- For questions about the admission process, particularly for SISLT, contact SISLT@missouri.edu.
- Review the Office of Graduate studies Viewbook for general information about being a graduate student at Mizzou
- Students enrolled in SISLT’s PhD degree program may join the PhD discussion list to converse with fellow students and SISLT faculty via PhD Listserv.
Admission Application Deadlines for Fall Semester
- December 15th – Priority Admission
- February 15th – Regular Admission
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
Please use school code 6875 to have your scores sent to MU. Be sure your GRE scores are current.
TOEFL (if applicable) Minimum Scores
- 80 total for internet-based test
- Reading 17
- Listening 17
- Speaking 17
- Writing 17
Other language tests can also be submitted to demonstrate language proficiency. Please see the MU Graduate School Language Requirements.
GPA Minimum Requirement
- Graduate GPA: at least 3.5
How to Apply
- Apply to the PhD Program in ISLT through the MU Graduate School.
If you are an international student, please read the international student admission requirements.
- 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).
- Statement of purpose
- Review the application checklist to ensure you submit a complete application.
- Check your application status.
Applicants that meet the minimum requirements will have an interview with SISLT faculty. The SISLT Student Services Office will set up the interview.
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.