Requirements for Admission to the PhD Program

Admission to the program for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Information is subject to the recommendation of the School of Information and to the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Incoming students are expected to have a strong educational background that fully prepares them for their doctoral study. The elements of that background may vary depending on the area of research to be pursued and its associated methodology.

For admission to doctoral study, an applicant must have a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all upper-division (junior- and senior-level) and graduate-level course work attempted. Applicants should have high scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test.

The applicant will be notified of a decision shortly after the Doctoral Studies Committee has reviewed all application materials.

PhD Program Application Process

The University of Texas at Austin Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) processes applications for all prospective graduate and international students.

All application credentials must be received by the following deadlines:

Fall Semester (no Spring admissions)  
Deadline November 15 November 15

Applicants must submit the following materials to GIAC by the appropriate deadline:

  • An Application for Admission to Graduate Study at the University of Texas at Austin. Submitted electronically using the application.
  • Official transcripts of the course work completed at every senior (four-year) college attended. The applicant must request transcripts from the registrar of each institution attended.
  • Official scores for tests (GRE and, for international students, TOEFL or IELTS) taken within the past five years.
    • For all applicants, the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test scores are to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to GIAC.
    • For international students, whose native language is not English, score reports on the Test of English as  Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to GIAC.
    • Note: If the score on either the GRE or TOEFL is no longer available from ETS, the applicant will be required to take the appropriate test again.
  • The GIAC application fee. For more information on application fees, please see Applying for Graduate Admissions

In addition to the application materials outlined above, applicants to the School of Information doctoral program must submit:

  • A statement of purpose, to be submitted electronlically via the online application.
  • Three letters of recommendation, to be submitted electronically by the recommenders.

After all of the above credentials have been received electronically by the Office of Admissions, the online application will be processed in GIAC and then forwarded electronically to the School of Information for consideration.

For more information about applying to the Graduate School, please refer to the Graduate School’s page on Graduate Admissions.

Program Description

PhD degree program description

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