PhD studies in information science center on the social, cultural, economic, historical, legal, and political contexts in which information systems are employed, both to inform the design of such systems and to understand their impact on individuals, social groups, and institutions. In regard to research, PhD students use a combination of multiple methodologies, including mathematical analysis, computer modeling, software system design, experimental studies, and critical social evaluations, from such traditional disciplines as computer science, cognitive psychology, social science, cultural studies, and history.

Info Sci's PhD curriculum encompasses critical course requirements, a design project, teaching requirement and a thesis. See the Degree Requirements page for further details.