IS PhD Program Admissions

UPDATE FOR CURRENT SPRING 2022 APPLICANTS: In an effort to simplify departmental admissions document submission, the IS PhD Program has implemented a program-specific admissions checklist that is visible to you on your myUNT portal page (my.unt.edu). You will be able to view what is needed to complete your IS PhD Program application as well as submit any remaining items. Please see a few important notes below:

  • The IS PhD Program checklist is separate from the Toulouse Graduate School (or international) checklists that are also visible to you on your myUNT account. As normal, you are responsible for submitting all documents listed from all departments. The difference is the requirements for both TGS and IS are listed in one place.
  • If your application is currently incomplete, please upload all remaining items via your myUNT portal page. The IS PhD Program is no longer accepting emailed admissions documents. The only exception to this are letters of recommendation that are emailed directly from the person recommending you. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to CI-IISPhD@unt.edu. All other items are to be uploaded. Please let me know if there are questions about this.

Application Deadlines

  Priority Deadline (for assistantship consideration)* Regular Deadline (no assistantship consideration) Preferred TGS Application Submission Deadline
Fall  February 15 March 15 January 15
Spring n/a October 15 September 1

*The priority deadline is for students who are applying for admission as well as an assistantship in the department. Meeting this deadline does not guarantee an assistantship in the department. The regular deadline is for students who do not wish to apply for an assistantship

Please note: The TGS/ApplyTexas Application and accompanying materials must be submitted by the preferred TGS Application submission deadline to be considered for admission as the Toulouse Graduate School application and accompanying materials take time to process. The Information Science PhD Program Application must be completed by the priority or regular deadline listed above. TGS/ApplyTexas Applications that remain incomplete or have not been reviewed by TGS on regular deadline will not be accepted or reviewed and instead will be considered for next admissions cycle. Please see the required application materials below.

You can apply for an assistantship on our Assistantship and Fellowships website.

Both the Toulouse Graduate School (TGS)/ApplyTexas and Information Science applications must be completed and processed by the departmental deadline you are pursuing (priority or regular). 

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Admissions Criteria

Applicants must meet all general admission requirements and be accepted by the UNT Toulouse Graduate School (940-565-2383).

Toulouse Graduate School criteria:

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. if you have questions related to this, please contact gradadmission@unt.edu
  • for complete information visit UNT-International.

 

IS PhD Program Application Process

NOTE: The IS PhD Program admissions checklist (items listed below) will be visible to you on your myUNT portal page (my.unt.edu) after you have submitted the ApplyTexas Application to the Toulouse Graduate School. You will be able to view what is needed to complete your IS PhD Program application as well as submit any remaining items. The IS PhD Program is no longer accepting emailed admissions documents. The only exception to this are letters of recommendation that are emailed directly from the person recommending you. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to CI-IISPhD@unt.edu. All other items are to be uploaded.

Admission to the IS Ph.D. 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. Materials and criteria required are:

  • a completed and processed ApplyTexas Application to the Toulouse Graduate School.
  • at least 3.50 (4.0 scale) GPA in the undergraduate degree or 3.50 GPA in Masters-level studies
  • a completed application (click the apply now button to complete the IS PhD application);
  • 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; Please submit the scores directly to the Toulouse Graduate School. The UNT ETS code it 6481. 
  • 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;
      • identify IS Ph.D. faculty that you would like to study with
      • 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 the diversity of the field.
    • curriculum vitae;
    • academic writing sample (a published paper, major term paper, thesis chapter, etc.), please be the sole author of your writing sample;
    • an interview, if applicable

An admission committee comprised of IS Ph.D. 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.