PhD Leveling Requirements

All IS PhD Program students must meet two leveling requirements. These requirements must be met no more than five (5) years before the IIS PhD Program Office submits your degree plan to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies for approval. If you believe that you have already met these requirements, please contact the IIS PhD Program Office immediately for a degree plan review.

Research Tool

Students must demonstrate proficiency in research methods or statistics prior to or shortly after beginning doctoral course work. This requirement can be met by successfully completing EPSY 5210, COMM 5320, DSCI 5180, or INFO 5080 or an equivalent course or by passing a proficiency exam. A course accepted for this requirement cannot count toward the 60 hours required for the doctoral degree.

Information Organization

Students must demonstrate proficiency in the organization of information prior to or shortly after beginning doctoral course work. This requirement can be met by successfully completing INFO 5200 or an equivalent course or by passing a proficiency exam. A course accepted for this requirement cannot count toward the 60 hours required for the doctoral degree.

These requirements must be met no more than five (5) years before the IS PhD Program Office submits your degree plan to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies for approval. If you believe that you have already met these requirements, please contact the IS PhD Program Office immediately for a degree plan review.

Proficiency Exams

IS PhD Program Office may determine that you are eligible to take one or both of the IIS PhD proficiency exams in order to by-pass taking classes to fulfill the two leveling requirements.

Exam Format

The exams are multiple-choice format. They are accessible online, so you may take them from any location with Internet access. The exams are open book, meaning that you may consult relevant materials in any format. They are graded on a pass/nonpass basis.

 

Policy Agreement

Exam takers are bound by specific academic dishonesty and exam nondisclosure policies. Before being given access to an exam, you must sign and return a student policy agreement. This form certifies that you have read, understand, and will abide by the policies. The signed form will be placed in your student file.

Scheduling the Exam

You will have 24 hours to complete an exam, beginning on a day of your choice that is also convenient for the PhD Office. If you take both exams, you may not have access to both simultaneously.

Please email the following information for each exam to Nichole.Tyler@unt.edu and Oksana.Zavalina@unt.edu

  • Your EUID (your initials + 4 digits; required for access to exam)
  • Which exam (Research Tool or Information Organization Tool)
  • Your preferred start date and time (time ends after 24 hours)
  • Email and phone where you will be available before/during exam

Exam Preparation

These are introductory-level proficiency exams, so you should already have sufficient knowledge to pass them, and they are open book with ample time allowed for completion. They should require little or no preparation or study.

Taking the Exam

IS PhD Program Office staff will grant access to the Blackboard course site at your requested exam start date and time (given staff availability) after receiving your signed policy agreement.

Exam Results

You will be notified of the results as soon as possible. If you do not pass a proficiency exam on your first (and only) attempt, you must successfully complete an appropriate course.