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Ph.D. Program Design

The Ph.D. program was designed to ground students in research methodologies, theoretical frameworks, a major specialization, and application to academic and professional settings. This design is reflected in the official degree sheet for the program. 

Graduate College Rules and Regulations

All graduate programs at the University of Oklahoma fall under the auspices of the Graduate College. The structural rules for graduate programs are contained in a document called the Graduate College Bulletin. Here is the section of the Bulletin that covers doctoral programs. Please read this very carefully to familiarize yourself with the requirements.

Doctoral Student Advising 

The following document is provided to assist doctoral students and their advisors in planning the coursework for the degree:

Doctoral Program Planning Form

This form is an internal SLIS form and is intended to help students, with input from their advisor and committee (the Advisory Conference Committee), to create a coursework plan for their Ph.D. program. In the last semester before they sit for the doctoral general exam students will be required to submit a formal coursework plan to the Graduate College on a form called the Advisory Conference Report.  

Ph.D. in Information Studies Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories and other core knowledge in information science 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various research methodologies and the ability to execute appropriate data analysis to solve problems and answer research questions
  • Demonstrate mastery of area of specialization 
  • Successfully design research that constitutes an original contribution to the field