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.

Degree

Admission Application Deadlines for Fall Semester

  • December 1st – Priority Admission
  • February 15th – Regular Admission

Note: Prior to Program action on your application, you are free to enroll as a non-degree-seeking (i.e., 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

Please use school code 6875 to have your scores sent to MU. Be sure your GRE scores are current.

International Applicants

All international applicants, regardless of other study in Anglophone institutions or countries (including in the U.S.) will need to submit the equivalent of a TOEFL score of 100 or a Duolingo score of 120 (approved tests are listed on the Graduate School’s website). The only exemptions are for students from the countries listed on the ITAP site as being exempt.

GPA Minimum Requirement

  • Graduate GPA: at least 3.5

Why a PhD with the SISLT iSchool?

With a PhD from the SISLT iSchool, alumni have found work in both academic and in the private sector. Many have become professors in LIS and LT programs in universities around the world. Others currently work in education administration (including in instructional design), in library administration (including in academic libraries) in academic institutions and for non-profit groups studying data and research. In addition, our PhD recipients have gone on to work in the corporate world for companies such as Google, Amazon, and Allied Health.

SISLT iSchool doctoral graduates are experts in usability, instructional design, information science, risk assessment, and digital curation, working both domestically and internationally to achieve SISLT’s mission of improving practice and creating knowledge to improve the quality of life for all.

Contact

Please contact Dr. Heather Moulaison-Sandy, Director of Graduate Studies, for current information.