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The admission policy of the Ph.D. in Information Studies degree program has as its goal the selection  of persons who are academically well qualified and who exhibit a potential for contributions in the area of improving information systems and services, guiding information policy, and enriching life in  today's information society. The School of Library and Information Studies encourages applications from students with diverse educational, geographical, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College, applicants must also meet the admissions requirements for the Ph.D. in Information Studies degree program.

Applications will be evaluated holistically based on student undergraduate and graduate work. Applicants must meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement (based on a 4.0 scale). Conditional admission will not be permitted and no student with a GPA below 3.0 will be admitted to the Ph.D. program. Compliance with those requirements is demonstrated by submission of the following documents:

  • Application to the Ph.D. program (Fall admittance only)
  • Personal statement (This essay should address your academic background, work experience, and long-range career objectives. Detail your doctoral area of interest (problem, question, or issue) such as proposed area(s) of specialization, topics for your own future research, and if applicable identify OU SLIS faculty whose areas of research align with your interests. List accomplishments such as publications, presentations, or awards, and describe skills such as multi-lingual proficiency, technology, etc.)
  • Research/writing sample (Include a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to produce academic or professional writing. This can be a published article, a major term paper from previous coursework, a chapter from a thesis, or a research paper. The sample should be in English and preferably be recent)
  • Professional resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's scholastic or employment record
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores more than 5 years old are generally considered unreliable and are not acceptable. If you have a completed graduate degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA, you do not need to include GRE scores in your application

For admission into the Ph.D. program, applicants must meet the requirements for full graduate admission standing in the School. To do so, the candidate must have supplied all of the items listed above and must be eligible for admission to degree status in the Graduate College.

The grade point average is based on the following:

  • If a bachelor's degree has been earned at a regionally accredited college or university, the cumulative grade point average from the conferred degree is used. All letter-graded courses are subject to evaluation.
  • If graduate work has been completed at a regionally accredited college or university, but no master's degree has been earned, the cumulative grade point average from the conferred bachelor's degree is used. All letter-graded courses are subject to evaluation.
  • If a master's degree has been earned at a regionally accredited college or university, the cumulative grade point average from the conferred degree is used. All letter-graded courses are subject to evaluation.

Applicants that do not meet the criteria for full admission to SLIS will not be admitted into the Ph.D. program. All admission materials, not just the GPA and GRE scores, will be used in determining the admissibility of applicants. For full consideration, applications are due by January 15. Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. A personal interview may be required of any applicant.