Degree requirements

PhD program objectives

The doctoral degree program prepares students to:

  • Conduct high quality research and disseminate it to scholarly and other audiences
  • Teach others, inside or outside the classroom
  • Engage in service and outreach that enhances the public impact of scholarship¬†
  • Excel in a variety of institutional settings, including industry and government research labs, universities, and think tanks

PhD degree requirements

To receive a doctoral degree from the School of Information, candidates must:

  • Successfully complete all course requirements as stipulated by the school
  • Complete total of 24 hours of coursework: 12 credits of methods, 12 credits of theory, and at least 4 credits of cognate (can double count with method or theory).
  • Successfully complete a pre-candidacy research project
  • Pass the field preliminary examination
  • Complete the school's teaching requirement
  • Meet the residency and fee requirements of the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School
  • Obtain dissertation approval from the Dissertation Committee and the Graduate School, and successfully defend the dissertation before the Dissertation Committee

Length of study

All doctoral students must be enrolled on a full-time basis. While the amount of time to degree may vary, the program requires a minimum of three years of full-time study. Four to five years is more typical. The maximum time to complete the degree is seven years from first enrollment.