PhD Admissions | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Graduate School - University Of Maryland

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Information Studies

Graduate Program

Graduate Program

PhD Admissions

The iSchool at the University of Maryland invites creative and forward-thinking individuals to apply for the Ph.D. in Information Studies program. Located near Washington DC, Maryland’s iSchool offers unparalleled opportunities for students to pursue research oriented employment careers. Students learn to conduct original research through one-on-one mentoring relationships with faculty members in diverse disciplines as Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Policy, Information Science, and Information Systems. This year funding (in the forms of fellowship, scholarship, and assistantship) is available to support students interested in:

  • Accessibility
  • Big Data (Large-scale Data Mining)
  • Broadband Networks
  • Citizen Science
  • Computational Sustainability
  • Data Management and Data Science
  • Digital Innovation/Information Technology Innovation
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
  • nteraction Design and Children
  • Learning Technologies
  • Mobile Computing
  • Smart Cities
  • Social Computing
  • Technology Ethics
  • Values in Design

Learn More About the PhD Program

The iSchool offers multiple opportunities throughout the year for prospective doctoral students to learn about the PhD program and iSchool research, and to meet iSchool faculty members. Please see the iSchool Recruitment Calendar for a complete schedule of recruiting events, and the iSchool events calendar for other research and professional events.

How to Apply

The College of Information Studies will review your application upon receipt of your completed application forms, transcripts of all academic work attempted, Graduate Record Examination scores, and letters of recommendation. If the doctoral committee needs further information, we will contact you.

New doctoral students generally enter the College at the beginning of the fall semester and should submit the Graduate School application and all accompanying credentials by December 1.

International applicants should submit all documents by November 1 for best consideration.

*The first round of review begins shortly after the December 1 deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered in the first round of review.  Although applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until May 1 each year, it is in your best interest to apply before the December 1 deadline.    Please read the PhD Admissions FAQ for further information.

Each application must include the following items:

  • The Graduate School application form including a non-refundable application processing fee
  • One official copy of each transcript from each academic institution attended sent directly from the institution
  • Maryland in-state tuition form, if applicable
  • Three recommendations sent directly by the student’s references (It is preferable to request at least one letter from a former professor who is able to give an in-depth evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the applicant’s academic work.)
  • Current résumé
  • Personal statement of no more than 1,500 words in response to the following questions:
    • What is the specific area of your research interest? How have you developed your interest in this area?
    • What skills and/or prior experience that you have can help you pursue your research interest?
    • Which faculty members at Maryland's iSchool would you be interested in working closely with, and why?
    • What are the goals you would like to achieve in your doctoral study at Maryland's iSchool? What is your plan to achieve your goals?
    • What kind of career would you like to develop after earning your Ph.D.?
  • Official TOEFL test results with a minimum score of 100. For more information please go to International Student & Scholar Services.
  • Official scores of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), sent directly to the College of Information Studies - UMCP from the Educational Testing Service. Our institution code is 5814 and our "department and major field" code for all programs at iSchool is 4701 (Library and Information Science). The GRE test score is required, and the test must have been taken within the five years preceding the application deadline. This requirement cannot be waived under any circumstance.


Applicants are responsible for the timely completion of their files. Please contact the Student Services Office to verify the receipt of supporting documents for your file. Only complete files will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review.


For more information/questions, please contact the College of Information Studies admissions staff at