PhD Admissions | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Masters Program - University Of Maryland

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

School of Information Systems and Management

Graduate School

College of Communication and Information

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:

  • Big Data/Data Science

  • Citizen Science

  • Cybersecurity

  • Digital Archives

  • Digital Innovation

  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)

  • Information Technology (IT) Innovation

  • Learning Technologies

  • Open Data

  • Open Online Communities

  • Participatory Design

  • Privacy

  • Public and Academic Libraries

  • Research Communication

  • School Library Media

  • Social Computing

  • Social Media

  • Technology Ethics

  • Urban Computing

  • Visual Analytics

  • Visualization

Learn More About the PhD Program

Meet iSchool faculty and doctoral students at PhD information sessions scheduled on September 29 and October 1, 2015. Please see the iSchool Recruitment Calendar for a complete schedule of our information sessions, and the iSchool events calendar for other research and professional events. Feel free to email any faculty member to learn about his/her current research and plan to recruit new students.

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.

For possible Fall 2016 enrollment, domestic applicants (who do not have non-US transcripts) should submit the Graduate School application and all accompanying credentials by January 15, 2016. International applicants (with at least one non-US transcript) should submit all documents by December 1, 2015, for best consideration.

*The first round of review begins shortly after the January 15 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 January 15 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