IS PhD Program Admissions

Fall Applicants- Submit your application and application materials (specified below) by March 15th to be considered for Fall admission. Applications submitted after March 15th and applications that remain incomplete on March 15th will not be accepted or reviewed for Fall admission.

Spring Applicants- Submit your application and application materials (specified below) by October 15th to be considered for Spring admission. Applications submitted after October 15th and applications that remain incomplete on October 15th will not be accepted or reviewed for Spring admission.

To ensure full processing by all offices, including international admissions and scholarships, all IS Ph.D. Program application materials are due by March 15th for the upcoming Fall semesters and October 15th for the upcoming Spring semesters.

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

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. Please complete the Toulouse Graduate School/Apply Texas application at least one month prior to the intended deadline (listed above by semester) as the Toulouse Graduate School application and accompanying materials take time to process and forward to the IS PhD Program Office. 

  •  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 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. Criteria include:

  • 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;
  • 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

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.

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