Program of Studies
SLIS Financial Support for Doctoral Students
The SLIS doctoral program emphasizes a research orientation, focused on advancing and disseminating both basic and applied knowledge about the design, use, management, and evaluation of information systems in all segments of society. The interdisciplinary approach brings together perspectives from information science and the behavioral sciences with appropriate research methodologies. The Ph.D. program prepares the next generation of scholars in the field to conduct research of the highest quality. As a r esult, emphasis is placed on research experience, public discussion and dissemination of research findings, and the development of methodological skills and theoretical understanding.
The school has identified the following goals for the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science:
By completion of their Ph.D. program, doctoral students should be able to:
Admission to the doctoral program is highly competitive. Application for the Ph.D. program is made through the School of Library and Information Science at Bloomington. Information about application procedures and admission criteria are to be found in the section of this bulletin entitled "Admission to Graduate Programs."
Students who have graduated with a bachelor's or master's degree in any discipline may apply for admission to the SLIS doctoral program. Students who are admitted and have a master's degree in a field of study closely related to information science from a recognized international program, or the equivalent, can be enrolled in the doctoral program and can transfer up to 30 credit hours of recognized course work. The student must submit official transcripts as proof of degree completion. If a student is adm itted who has an interest in information science but does not possess an appropriate graduate degree, the student will initially be enrolled in one of the master's degree programs. After 12 months, the student's performance will be reviewed by the Ph.D. S teering Committee, and, if appropriate, the student's status will be changed to reflect admission to the doctoral program.
The formal requirements for admission include:
Applications from international students must be reviewed by the Indiana University Office of International Admissions before their review by the SLIS Doctoral Admissions Committee.
SLIS encourages doctoral applicants to provide the school with the most appropriate evidence regarding each of the admission criteria. GRE scores and college transcripts are usually sufficient to demonstrate capability of working with abstract concepts in doctoral-level courses and research. The essay portion of the application provides indication of the applicant's commitment to research and to the field of information science and attracts the attention of relevant faculty to the application. It is recom mended that each applicant submit a sample or summary of previous work that is relevant to the admission criteria, such as academic papers or work-related projects.
Full instructions for the doctoral program are presented in the SLIS Doctoral Program Handbook. The following outline summarizes these requirements.
Each doctoral student at Indiana University is required to complete at least 90 credit hours of an advanced course of study. Up to 30 credit hours earned in a master's or specialist degree program may be transferred to the doctoral program, provided they meet time limit requirements and are relevant to the student's doctoral area of concentration. Of the 90 credit hours, 60 must be taken at the Bloomington or Indianapolis campus (or both) of Indiana University.
All course work, except dissertation credits, must be completed within seven years of matriculation. Students must select at least one minor subject area from those areas of graduate study outside of SLIS that have been approved by the University Graduate School. The determination of minimum requirements and examination procedures (if any) for the minor is entirely at the discretion of the minor department or program.
An advisory committee of at least three faculty members oversees the student's program of studies, annual progress reports (portfolio), and preparation for the qualifying examination. At least two members of the committee, including the chair, must be mem bers of the University Graduate School faculty. Two advisory committee members must be from SLIS and one from the student's minor area.
Within the 90 credit hours of the program, the student must taken 13 credit hours of required SLIS research seminars, 9 credit hours of research skills and statistics (which may be from another IU department), at least 24 credit hours that represent a maj or area within information science, and 12 to 15 credit hours that represent an outside minor area. The dissertation normally equals 15 hours of deferred thesis credit.
The qualifying examination provides students an opportunity to investigate an area in depth, to write a lengthy paper summarizing their findings, and to defend their work publicly before their peers and the full faculty. Upon passing the qualifying exam, the student is nominated to candidacy. Admission to candidacy will not be awarded, however, until all required course work has been completed and/or validated.
A research committee of at least four faculty members guides the student through the dissertation research, writing, and final oral defense. The committee members must all be University Graduate School faculty, with the chair and at least one other member being full members. Three research committee members must be from SLIS and one from the student's minor area.
After admission to candidacy, doctoral students must register for at least one credit hour each semester (excluding summer sessions) in order to maintain active student status. The dissertation must be completed and successfully defended within seven year s of passing the oral qualifying examination.
The School of Library and Information Science offers an outside minor for doctoral students in other fields in accord with the regulations of the University Graduate School. Students usually complete a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit in fulfilling this option. Inquires should be addressed to the director of the SLIS doctoral program.
There are a variety of financial aid sources for doctoral students, including fellowships awarded by the university to outstanding graduate students, and government-funded awards under the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. Sch olarships established by alumni and supporters contribute to Ph.D. departmental aid packages (for example, the Margaret Griffin Coffin Scholarship and the Sarah Reed Scholarship). Qualified Ph.D. students may apply for the Clayton A. Shepherd Scholarship. SLIS also provides support to Ph.D. students in the form of graduate assistantships and other kinds of direct aid. Teaching opportunities are often available. International students are required by the University Graduate School to demonstrate financial independence before being admitted to the program. Questions should be directed to the director of the SLIS Doctoral Program