Information Science & Learning Technologies Doctoral Program

This is a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science and Learning Technologies.

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. Interest areas include:

  • 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

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 face to face offerings of 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.


Contact the SISLT Student Services Office, we’re happy to assist you with any questions.

Office: (573) 882-4546
Toll-free: (877) 747-5868
Fax: (573) 884-0122



You must apply to the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies to be admitted to the SISLT doctoral program and the MU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, to be admitted to the University of Missouri as a graduate student.

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-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

Please use school code 6875 to have your scores sent to MU.

Taken on or after :

  • 156 Verbal
  • 146 Quantitative
  • 4.0 Analytical Writing

Taken prior to :

  • 500 on the Verbal
  • 500 on the Quantitative
  • 3.5 on the Analytical Writing

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 GPA (if applicable): at least 3.5.

How to Apply

1. Apply to the University of Missouri as a graduate student through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies system.

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

2. Submit the following information directly to:

SISLT Student Services Office
303 Townsend Hall, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Fax: (573) 884-0122
Email: Brooke Hartman or
  • 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.
    • You may load statements to the Graduate Studies Application website or send a hard copy to the SISLT Student Services Office.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • You may load your CV or resume to the Graduate Studies Application website 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).

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.


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.

Information Science & Learning Technologies Doctoral Program Forms

Communication — SISLT Listserv

PhD Listserv

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Students enrolled in SISLT’s PhD degree program may join the PhD discussion list to converse with fellow students and SISLT faculty.

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