IS PhD Program Admissions

Application Deadlines

Fall Applicants-

Priority Deadline: February 15 

*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.

Please note: The TGS/ApplyTexas Application and accompanying materials must be submitted by January 15 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 February 15. TGS/ApplyTexas Applications that remain incomplete or have not been reviewed by TGS on March 15th (the last date of the regular deadline) will not be accepted or reviewed for Fall admission. and instead will be considered for Spring admission. Please see the required application materials below.

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

Regular Deadline: March 15

*The regular deadline is for students who do not wish to apply for an assistantship

Both the Toulouse Graduate School (TGS)/ApplyTexas and Information Science applications must be completed by March 15. 

Please note: The TGS/ApplyTexas Application and accompanying materials must be submitted by January 15 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 March 15. TGS/ApplyTexas Applications that remain incomplete or have not been reviewed by TGS on March 15th will not be accepted or reviewed for Fall admission. and instead will be considered for Spring admission. Please see the required application materials below.

 

Spring Applicants- 

Deadline: October 15

*Spring applicants will not be considered for funding/assistanstships.

Please note: The TGS/ApplyTexas Application must be submitted by September 1 to be considered for admission and an assistantship as the Toulouse Graduate School application and accompanying materials take time to process. The Information Science PhD Program Application must be completed by October 15. TGS/ApplyTexas Applications that remain incomplete or have not been reviewed by TGS on October 15th will not be accepted or reviewed for Fall admission. and instead will be considered for Spring admission.

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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 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:

  •  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;
  • 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.