Most of the world’s businesses, libraries, schools, and government agencies depend on information to survive. One of the transformational influences on the current era arises from the creation and use of networked information resources by all types of organizations. The creativity and excellence of executive leadership in evaluation, implementation, and management of information programs and systems provide a key ingredient for organizational success. The Doctorate of Professional Studies prepares executives to be the catalyst for positive change within their organizations.
At the apex of information management, network management, library management, public administration, military, and business career paths stands a set of senior management and executive positions. The leaders who fulfill these roles require proven governance and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to empirically and critically evaluate new programs, processes, and technologies through the sponsorship, leadership, and design of information initiatives.
In 2007, the Society for Information Management published a report providing evidence that as early as 2010 there will be a severe shortage in the United States and elsewhere of individuals qualified to fill these senior leadership jobs in business, government, libraries, and elsewhere. The iSchool professional doctorate program has been designed to alleviate such a shortage.
The Information Studies professional doctorate serves mid-career professionals who are already employed. Our diverse curriculum will prepare them for advanced placement opportunities in executive and senior information management positions in the public, private, defense, academic, and non-profit sectors. Whether the goal is advancement within an organization, or a shift in specialization within the information professions, a doctoral degree can open a world of new possibilities for a thriving career in a rapidly changing profession.
The program is currently going through its five year review, required of all new programs. Until this review is completed we are holding off admitting new students. We are fully committed to improvements to an already strong program. The date for admitting our next cohort of students has not been set but all indications are that we should begin reviewing applicants in the Fall of 2014 for a May 2015 start date. However since this has not been confirmed please check our website periodically for updates.
Limited residency, distance learning format
Online, hybrid, and brief residency course formats provide flexibility for part-time students.
The program enriches your understanding of the role of information in the knowledge economy and teaches you how to apply this expertise to enhance the effectiveness of information-based organizations in the public and private sectors. You will build a solid foundation for advanced levels of information research, and develop competencies in program evaluation research methods.
Doctoral level research
Unique among practitioner-oriented doctoral degrees, the program is completed with a one-year thesis—a process through which you develop in-depth knowledge in a topic of your choice. The creation of a publication quality thesis can lead to recognition in your field through the production of a book, white papers, and other publications.
A strong peer network
You will take classes with the same small group of students, in order to promote peer learning and support throughout the course of study.
Interaction with Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology students
Ph.D. and professional doctorate students will share a blended learning environment: an overlap of intellectual domain and opportunities for resource-sharing through classes, writing groups, and editorial support.
Customizable areas of study
Concentrations and fields of research can focus on any of the school’s disciplines, including technology planning, digital libraries, electronic commerce, telecommunications policy, global networking, cybersecurity, human-computer interaction, government information policy, knowledge management, among others.
Your degree from the U.S. News & World Report number one ranked library and information studies school in information systems will open doors to career opportunity.
The program is designed for highly motivated, mid-career professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors who want to participate in a high-quality, part-time executive doctoral program. Applicants should desire a solid foundation for advanced levels of information-related research and management practice.
Criteria for Professional Doctorate student selection are as follows:
Intellectual ability and curiosity appropriate for doctoral level studies, as demonstrated by prior academic and professional activities, application statement, GRE scores, and the personal interview (telephone, video/web-conference, or face-to-face);
Motivation to complete the Professional Doctorate Program as demonstrated by the personal statement, letters of recommendation, and the personal interview;
Fit of interests and abilities of the student, as indicated from application statement and other evidence, to the capabilities and expertise of the school’s faculty;
A master's degree from an accredited university or college, with at least a 3.3 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 point scale) as demonstrated by original transcripts from that institution;
At least seven years of senior experience in the information professions, broadly defined, as demonstrated by application information, letters of recommendation, and the personal interview;
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is strongly recommended by may be waived by the program director;
International applicants are welcome. Please note that admitted students must be available for regularly scheduled synchronous online meetings and conference calls. These calls are scheduled during the day and/or evening on Eastern Standard Time.
A minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based), 260 (computer-based), or 105 (Internet-based) for international students.
Financial support for students in this degree program will not be provided by the School of Information Studies or Syracuse University. Students may be eligible for loans, employer tuition reimbursement, federally funded tuition scholarships, and other scholarships.
Normal Syracuse University rates for graduate level tuition will be charged for all Professional Doctorate courses. These fees include a $125 technology fee each term at the iSchool, as well as application fees, late registration fees, and graduation processing fees.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own books as required in course syllabi throughout the program of study. Students are responsible for their own room and board throughout their program of study. Students are responsible for travel and accommodations at the semi-annual residencies.
The Professional Doctorate curriculum involves coursework, comprehensive examinations, and thesis research. The 51-credit program consists of:
Six, 1-credit intensive seminars (residencies)
One, 3-credit summer doctoral gateway course
12 credits of methods courses
9 credits of doctoral level courses
6 other credits (600 level or higher)
15 thesis credits
For details view the Curriculum Chart
More curriculum information may be found on the Syracuse University Course Catalog.
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Thank you for your interest in Syracuse University’s Doctorate of Professional Studies in Information Management. The program underwent its New York State-mandated five-year review in 2012. We are fully committed to providing a quality program, which is driving the redesign, and thus has taken longer than originally anticipated.
Applications will not be accepted for the DPS-IM program for 2014. The next admission term is tentatively planned to be Fall 2014 for a May 2015 entering cohort.
The following frequently asked questions cover many of the details that you might have while you are preparing your application. If you still have questions, e-mail DPS-IM Director Paul Gandel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Doctorate of Professional Studies - Information Management
For information on the application process, please contact:
Graduate Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: +1 315-443-1713
For an information packet with complete admissions and curriculum information, please use our online information request form.