The IS Ph.D. Program Office is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester. We welcome you to apply for the Fall 2023 semester.
Fall 2023 Application Deadline: November 14, 2022
Important Note: Two different applications are required to apply for the PhD in Information Science. Instructions for both applications are described below.
1. Apply to the University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School
Apply by October 1, 2022 to allow for processing time.
A. Apply to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School
- Complete the Apply Texas application online and pay the $75 non-refundable application fee. Your completed application will be processed by the UNT Toulouse Graduate School and reviewed by your academic program.
- International students must also review the International Admissions page for additional required documents.
- You will need to meet the Graduate School minimum qualifications before you will be considered for admission to the Information Science PhD Program.
B. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended to the Toulouse Graduate School.
C. If you are applying for admission into the Information Science PhD Program with a concentration, please indicate this on your ApplyTexas Application. This will let us know what concentration area you are interested in.
*Note: We do require GRE scores. Please send them to the Toulouse Graduate School from ETS by using school code 6481.
2. Apply to the Information Science PhD Program
A. The IS PhD Program admissions checklist 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. These items are listed below.
Complete the Information Science PhD Program Application Form, and upload the necessary attachments.
GRE Scores. Please send them to the Toulouse Graduate School from ETS by using school code 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
- Personal statement (300–500 words), 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
Academic Writing Sample (a published paper, major term paper, thesis chapter, etc.). You must be the sole author of your writing sample.
- Interview, if applicable
B. The IS PhD Program admissions checklist (items listed above) 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 with the exception of letters of recommendation. These can be emailed directly from the person recommending you to CI-IISPhD@unt.edu. All other documents are to be uploaded.
Contact the Information Science PhD Program Office at CI-IISPhD@unt.edu.
Important Notes on the Application Process:
- The application deadline is March 14. 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. 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).
- You can apply for an assistantship on our Assistantship and Fellowships website.
- The IS PhD Program admissions checklist 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.
- 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.
- The department utilizes a holistic review of application materials.
The Department of Information Science will admit new doctoral students for fall semesters only.