Information Studies, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 27 graduate credit hours at the University of Maryland (or 30 hours if a basic statistics course has not been taken before matriculation). Course work will be taken in three areas of study:

  • Information Studies (6 credit hours)
  • Research Methods and Design (12 credit hours)
  • Specialized area(s) (9 credit hours)

Advance to Candidacy: In addition to course requirements, students must successfully pass a first-year review, submit an integrative paper, and a dissertation proposal. 

Post-Candidacy: Complete at least 12 credits of INST899 as well as successfully defend and submit an original dissertation.

Course Title Credits
INST800The Engaged Intellectual: An Introduction to Research and Academic Work3
INST810Individual Research Experience3
INST888Doctoral Seminar6
Select 6 additional credits of Research Methods and Design courses6
Select nine credits in a specialized area9
Submit an integrative paper
Dissertation Research Requirement
INST899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits39