Information Science & Learning Technologies Doctoral Program

Information Science & Learning Technologies Doctoral Program

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. Some common areas of interests are:

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

Brief description of SISLT courses.

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The PhD Application Process

Admission Application Deadlines for Fall Semester

  • February 15th — Priority Admission
  • April 1st — Regular Admission

Admission Application Deadlines for Spring Semester

  • September 15th — Priority Admission
  • November 1st — Regular Admission

Note: Prior to program action on your application, you are free to enroll as a non-degree graduate student, hoping that your application will be approved later. Only 9 credit hours of course work taken as a non-degree seeking student will be considered as meeting program requirements upon admission. Refer to Types of Admissions and Descriptions for information about non-degree seeking graduate student admission.

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

Minimum Recommended Standards for Admission

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Taken prior to : your score must be a minimum of 500 on the Verbal section, 500 on the Quantitative section, and a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section.
Taken on or after : your score must be a minimum of 156 Verbal, 146 Quantitative and 4.0 on the Analytical Writing section.
TOEFL (If applicable)
  • 550 for paper-based test.
  • 173 for computer-based test.
  • 80 for internet-based test.
Undergraduate GPA
At least 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of the degree.
Graduate GPA (if applicable)
At least 3.5.
An interview with SISLT faculty
The SISLT students services office will set up an interview between you and SISLT faculty for those applicants that meet the minimum requirements or where exceptionality in one or more of the requirements if a minimum requirements isn’t met.

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

Stage 1: Admission Application Materials Submission

Note: Information about International Student admission requirements is also available on the Office of Research and Graduate Studies Admission Process page.

SISLT Admission Materials

In addition to following the steps described in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies Admission Process, the following information must be submitted directly to SISLT at:

SISLT Student Services Office
303 Townsend Hall, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Fax: (573) 884-0122
Email: Brooke Hartman or
  • A Statement of Purpose. This is a very important part of the application process. Your statement will be a major source of information for the faculty as they consider your application. Your statement should explain your professional intentions, career goals, intellectual beliefs, and research interests. You need 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 ApplyYourself web site or send a hard copy to the Student Services Office.
  • A current copy of your curriculum vitae (resume). You may load curriculum vitae/resumes to the ApplyYourself web site 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).

Stage 2: Review

  1. Within one week following the application deadline, the Student Coordinator will make complete files available to the application screening committee for its review.
  2. Within three weeks following the application deadline, the faculty will schedule and complete an interview with each qualified candidate.
  3. Within five weeks following the application deadline, a special meeting of the SISLT faculty will be scheduled. At this meeting, the faculty will present their recommendations and review and discuss their recommendations. This is followed by a vote of the faculty on each candidate. At this meeting, an initial advisor will be assigned to accepted applicants based on compatible interests and current advising responsibilities of faculty. Review of applications will result in the acceptance of the application for admission or rejection (based on not meeting minimum qualifications or lack of match with program foci) of the application for admission.


Stage 3: Decision Communication

Within seven weeks following the application deadline, applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their admission.

Information Science & Learning Technologies Doctoral Program Forms

Communication — SISLT Listserv

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