Career outcomes

UMSI PhD graduates succeed in both industry and academic careers.

In 2017, 100% of PhD graduates reported jobs in their fields of choice. Of the five graduates, one was in industry, and four were in academia (two post docs, two assistant professorships):

  • Researcher, Robinhood (financial services) 
  • Associate, University of Minnesota (computer science)
  • Researcher, University College London (Interaction Centre)
  • Professor, University of Cincinnati (biomedical informatics)
  • Professor, University of Western Ontario (faculty of Information and Media Studies)

As a PhD student, you will have access to career resources through the UMSI Career Development Office, which offers career advising, career development resources, and a variety of ways to engage with employers who want to hire UMSI students. The U-M Career Center also provides assistance for academic and non-academic job searches.

Previous career outcomes

School of Information doctoral program graduates have gone on to teach or do research at top universities and at major corporations. Recent graduates have found positions at the following institutions.

Faculty positions

  • Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs
  • Cornell University, Department of Communications 
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Science and Letters
  • Long Island University - Palmer School of Library and Information Science
  • Michigan State, Department of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media
  • Ohio State University, College of Communications
  • Ohio State University, School of Public Health
  • Pennsylvania State University, Information Science and Technology
  • Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • University of Arizona, Department of Management Information Systems
  • University of Denver, School of Education
  • University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • University of Maryland, College of Information Studies
  • University of North Carolina, School of Library and Information Science
  • University of Pittsburgh, School of Library and Information Sciences
  • University of South Florida, College of Arts and Sciences
  • University of Southern California – Annenberg School of Communications

Post-Doctoral fellows

  • University College Dublin, School of Information & Library Studies
  • University of California at Irvine, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
  • University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business
  • University of Michigan, School of Information
  • University of Southern California – Economics Department

Research faculty

  • University of Michigan, School of Information
  • University of Michigan, School of Medicine
  • MIT Lincoln Labs


  • Boeing Corp.
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft
  • Palo Alto Research Center
  • Pfizer
  • Pitney-Bowes
  • United States Foreign Service