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
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- 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. Julie Caplow.
- For information about graduate study admission at the University of Missouri visit the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
The PhD Application Process
You must apply to both the MU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, to be admitted to the University of Missouri as a graduate student, and to the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, to be admitted to a specific degree program.
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
Visit the Office of Research and Graduate Studies website and follow the steps described in the Admission Process to apply to the University of Missouri as a Graduate Student.
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 SISLT@missouri.edu
- 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).
Decisions on admission will be based on due consideration of all of the information that is presented, including the statement of purpose, test scores, applicant’s professional experiences, previous faculty experiences with the applicant, the interview, and any of the artifacts the applicant provided.
Stage 2: Review
- Within one week following the application deadline, the Student Coordinator will make complete files available to the application screening committee for its review.
- Within three weeks following the application deadline, the faculty will schedule and complete an interview with each qualified candidate.
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.
Decisions regarding financial assistance, with the exception of some named assistantships, will not be made at this meeting.
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
We are updating the handbook. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Julie Caplow, for current information.
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.
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.
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