PhD Admission Criteria

To ensure full processing by all offices, including international admissions and scholarships, all IS PhD Program application materials are due by November 1 of the year preceding the fall semester of initial enrollment; applicants will not be admitted for spring semesters.

Applicants must meet all general admission requirements and be accepted by the UNT Toulouse Graduate School (940-565-2383). International students must also apply and be admitted by UNT-International. Once admitted a student must then meet all admissions requirements for the IIS PhD Program.

Toulouse Graduate School:

Graduate applicants to UNT are evaluated holistically, based on specific departmental and program requirements.  In the past, successful candidates usually have met certain GPA minima

  • at least 3.50 (4.0 scale) GPA in the undergraduate degree for direct admission to Doctoral programs
  • or 3.50 GPA in Masters-level studies for admission to Doctoral programs
  • international students, see additional requirements below.

UNT International admission criteria:

  • all applicants to UNT must show proof of English language proficiency.
  • for complete information visit UNT-International.

IS PhD Program admission criteria:

Admission to the IS PhD program is based on a holistic review process that uses multiple criteria related to both academic history and potential for success in the research field. Criteria include:

  • a completed Application form;
  • completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • competitive official test scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing;
  • three (3) letters of recommendation from former professors, employers, or others who can give evidence of applicant's aptitude for, as well as interest in, a research career in information science;
  • evidence of experience, knowledge, skills, and aspirations from the following:
     
    • personal statement (300–500 words) of career objectives, which should include:
       
      • doctoral research areas of interest;
      • research, professional, or community experiences that demonstrate motivation, commitment, and potential for doctoral work;
      • accomplishments (publications, presentations, awards);
      • communication skills including multilingual proficiency; technology skills; and contribution to diversity of the field.
    • curriculum vitae;
    • scholarly writing sample (published paper, major term paper, thesis chapter, etc.)

An admission committee comprised of IS PhD Program faculty members representing different UNT academic units reviews applications. Members of the committee evaluate and balance a number of factors which, when taken together, provide evidence that an applicant possesses superior scholastic ability, has the potential for success in a rigorous graduate program of research study, and will perform well within the broad context of the information field.

Admissions are highly competitive, depending on applicant qualifications and the availability of faculty to mentor doctoral students. Not all qualified applicants can be accepted. If additional information is needed to evaluate the admissibility of an applicant, an interview may be requested.

See Admissions and Application form for details.