This is a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science and Learning Technologies.
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.
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
- For questions about the admission process, particularly for SISLT, contact SISLT@missouri.edu and Brooke Hartman in the SISLT Student Services Office.
- For questions about the SISLT PhD program contact the SISLT Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Rose Marra, email@example.com.
- For information about graduate study admission at the University of Missouri visit the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
- Review the Office of Graduate studies Viewbook for general information about being a graduate student at Mizzou.
- Students may apply for Conference Travel Support.
- Students may apply for Dissertation Data Collection Funding.
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.
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
If you are an international student, please read the international student admission requirements.
2. 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).
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.
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
- PhD Handbook
Handbook for PhD seeking students: contains an overview of the process, requirements, and required forms and resources for the doctoral program.
- Qualifying Exam/Committee D-1 Form
This form indicates a student has passed QE exam and set up a committee to evaluate dissertation.
- Faculty Recommendation Form
This form is used by faculty to recommend a PhD student pass the Qualifying Examination.
- Plan of Study D-2 Form
The form that establishes the courses required for a student to get the degree desired.
- PhD Professional Immersion Residency Planning Form
The SISLT Ph.D. residency requirements consist of two parts: Course Enrollment and Professional Immersion. Use this form to plan for the Professional Immersion portion.
- Doctoral Program Planning Sheet
This form is used to plan your doctoral program.
- Doctoral Program Planning Sheet Sample
A sample of the form used to plan your doctoral program.
- Comprehensive Exam D-3 Checklist
A checklist that outlines the steps you need to complete in conjunction with your program committee for the comprehensive examination process.
- Comprehensive Exam D-3 Form
The form committee members sign when a student takes comprehensive exams.
- Change of Committee form
This is the form to submit if you need to make changes to your original committee after you have filed a committee form.
- Dissertation D-4 Checklist
A checklist that outlines the steps you need to complete in conjunction with your program committee for the dissertation process.
- Dissertation Prospectus
This is a department form that your committee must sign to approve your dissertation research.
- Dissertation Submission Checklist
This information will help you in preparing to submit your dissertation copy to the Graduate School, 210 Jesse Hall.
- Dissertation D-4 Form
This is the form committee members sign when a Ph.D student completes and defends his/her dissertation.
- Dissertation Data Collection Funding
Funds are available to assist students with collecting data for their dissertation research.
- Conference Travel Support
Students may apply for funds to help cover conference travel expenses.
Communication — SISLT Listserv
Listserv Address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students enrolled in SISLT’s PhD degree program may join the PhD discussion list to converse with fellow students and SISLT faculty.
- Send an email message to LISTSERV@po.missouri.edu.
- Do not type anything in the subject line.
- Do not include your signature.
- In the body of the message type the following and only the following:
- To subscribe, send a message like the following:subscribe email@example.com Joe UserPlease replace “Joe User” with your name.
- To unsubscribe send:unsubscribe firstname.lastname@example.org
Before your subscription (or un-subscription) will process, you will have to “confirm” the command. LISTSERV will send you back a confirmation request email. Click on the web link in the email to activate your subscription or leave the list. This extra step helps block spammers and prevents internet vandals from changing your subscriptions.
To send a message to all the people currently subscribed to the list, just send mail to email@example.com.