PhD Admissions

The iSchool at the University of Maryland invites creative and forward-thinking individuals to apply for the Ph.D. in Information Studies.

Located near Washington DC, Maryland’s iSchool offers unparalleled opportunities for students to pursue research-oriented 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.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, members of our faculty are recruiting students for funded study in the following areas:

  • School librarianship
  • Youth information practices
  • Learning in informal spaces
  • Educational informatics
  • Data science
  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Technology ethics
  • Values in design
  • Digital research ethics
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Natural language processing
  • Information retrieval
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Creativity, design, and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Social computing
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Digital curation
  • Archives
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Accessibility & disability

How to Apply

The deadline for best consideration for Fall 2018 admission was December 15, 2017. Applications received after December 15 will not be considered in the first round of review, but will be considered on a rolling basis until May 2. Please read the PhD Admissions FAQ for further information, and click here to enter the Graduate School application!

Application Checklist: 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.


Requesting Deferred Enrollment

The iSchool Student Services Office maintains application files until they are evaluated for admission or the application deadline for the requested semester has passed. To defer your enrollment for a subsequent academic year, the applicant must notify the iSchool Student Services Office ( PRIOR to the beginning of the original entry semester. Otherwise, the application will be deleted.

An applicant wishing to be considered after the file has been deleted must again pay the required Graduate School application fee and re-apply to both, the University of Maryland Graduate School and the College of Information Studies. The new application will be evaluated on the basis of admission standards existing at the time of reapplication.

Questions? Contact the iSchool Student Services Office at