Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology

A human-centered approach to information and digital technologies.

Join a community founded on the idea that information is a manageable resource with a distinctively human component. The Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology provides an innovative and multidisciplinary program where you’ll gain the research skills and perspective to be a leader in academia and the information industries.

You’ll develop mastery at the intersection of human uses of information and digital technologies. Our faculty draw together scholars from management, communications, sociology, computing, psychology, policy studies, librarianship and other disciplines to provide a human-centered, rather than a computer-centered, approach to information.

We fund all admitted students and expect Ph.D. students to be dedicated to 4-5 years of intense, full-time, residential study to concentrate on your Ph.D. studies.

The program requires 78 credits post-baccalaureate. Up to 30 of these credits can be transferred in for Ph.D. students with a relevant master’s degree, so most Ph.D. students need to complete 48 credits while at Syracuse University.

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Conduct original information science and technology research

Summarize and synthesize topically-focused body of relevant literature

Explain foundational knowledge of information systems, services, and policies

Formulate and analyze information technology problems using appropriate analytical tools

Analyze and synthesize data

Develop skill in scholarly writing

Develop and deliver instruction

Interdisciplinary Approach

IT for the real world.

Our program combines a flexible curriculum based on your individual research interests, and focus areas that allow you to pursue your personal areas of interest. Through a series of guided research experiences with faculty combined with courses on methods, theories of digital technologies, and theories of information, you’ll explore how the interactions between people and information technology can shape the world around us.

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Delve deeper, explore farther.

Work closely with our esteemed faculty, join a research lab, and pursue investigation in your areas of expertise. Here, you’ll have the support of a close-knit group of professionals, and the resources of a major research university. You’ll gain mastery in your field, and the experience you need to take the next step in your career.


Join our ranks.

You embrace interdisciplinary nature of the information field, and invite alternative views and approaches to research. As a lifelong learner, you aspire to a career in academia or are otherwise committed to research. We invite you to apply to our program.

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