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Ph.D. Program in Information Studies

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The Ph.D. program is rigorous and rewarding, with a strong research focus. It is structured so that students can gain maximum benefit from a cohort experience; a purpose-designed program of coursework coupled with research apprenticeships, and strong faculty mentoring. Our students are strongly encouraged to present and publish their research in academic, professional and community venues.
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Students are admitted and will move as a cohort through the first year and a half of the program, although they will each be assigned upon admission a faculty advisor who will guide them through the first stage of their studies. Students are not expected to have a research topic upon entry to the program, although the interests that they express in their application will be used to help to identify an appropriate initial advisor.

Upon completing the required coursework, usually in April of their second year, students will sit a written qualifying examination. After passing the examination they will propose, write, and defend a dissertation and will be advised by the faculty member who serves as the chair of their dissertation committee.

Graduates of the program may engage in creative research, ordinarily as part of a career in university teaching or in policymaking or consulting for corporate, non-profit, or governmental institutions, and in professional leadership for information institutions. The Department has an outstanding record of placement for graduates in positions of academic and professional leadership.
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Doctoral study requires intellectual creativity, discipline, and dedication. UCLA’s Department of Information Studies seeks students capable of undertaking a sophisticated, interdisciplinary, and innovative program of scholarly investigation. It offers students who undertake this demanding program an extraordinary educational experience.
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