PhD in Information Studies


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Program Details

Examine the evolving information landscape in order to introduce new ideas for social, commercial and educational contexts.
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PhD Research Assistantships Available

The PAship covers tuition and benefits, and provides a stipend in return for approximately 13 hours of service per week.
B2A: Doctoral Fellowships

B2A: Doctoral Fellowship

Meet the B2A fellows and learn more about the IMLS-funded Barriers to Access (B2A) program.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies prepares graduates for academic and professional careers where an in-depth knowledge of research processes and evaluation is needed.  The program emphasizes the study of the representation, storage, retrieval, use, and impact of information resources on society.  Graduates will contribute to the knowledge base of the discipline and will take on leadership roles as scholars and administrators in the discipline and the profession.

Funding & Support

Full-time doctoral students are eligible for research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Typical appointments are 50% (20 hours per week) and 12-month appointments, and can include a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Assistants receive monthly pay, tuition remission, and health insurance coverage based on the Graduate School Schedule.

Please contact SOIS for more information

Our Students

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Our students are creative, energetic, hard-working intellectually curious individuals.They practice advanced research methods, produce meaningful scholarship that contributes to the knowledge base of the field, teach, serve as advocates and become experts in their field.

B2A: Barriers to Information Access 2011-2012 Fellowship Program

SOIS is committed to creating a diverse and active PhD program. Diversity is considerd in all its forms: race/ethnicity, physical challenge, gender/orientation minorities, etc. For the 2011-12 academic year, SOIS will be accepting applications for the IMLS-funded Barriers to Access (B2A) program, designed to better understand and eliminate barriers to information access.

For more information visit: Barriers to Information Access Program


Additional options for doctoral study at UWM in which SOIS participates include: