PhD in Information Studies


Program Details

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

PhD Research Assistantships Available

The RAship covers tuition and benefits, and provides a stipend in return for approximately 13 hours of service per week.


Doctoral Program Graduates

Recent doctoral degree recipients are making an impact on the profession. Learn more about our PhD alums.

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

phd students
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.



Jennifer Thiele and fellow international doctoral students at the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, Oxford, England 07/14

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