Get the degree you need for the career you want. Our PhD in Information Studies prepares you for research, faculty and leadership positions in this growing field.

The PhD in Information Studies is a highly regarded and desirable credential for those interested in pursuing research in library information science, teaching at the post-secondary level, and-increasingly-those seeking or working in leadership positions in libraries, information centers, and a variety of other organizations. The PhD offers concentrations in Library and Information Science and in Information Management.

Dominican's PhD in Information Studies was created with working professionals in mind. Unlike traditional, residential PhD programs at large universities, our cohort-based program can be completed in just three years, with all courses offered on weekends.

Combining the rigor of a top-level research degree with the collaborative and personal approach that is the hallmark of a Dominican education, the PhD provides a strong yet flexible pathway that helps professionals expand their vision as well as advance their careers.

Students work closely with a team of faculty advisors, professors, and peers committed to both intellectual engagement and the professional skills needed to advance their careers. The cohort will progress through 12 intensive courses over six semesters (two years), with a third year devoted to individual dissertation work.

PhD in Information Studies program flyer (pdf)

If you already have at least a master’s degree (not necessarily in library science), Dominican’s PhD in Information Studies will open up many career possibilities: faculty positions at the post-secondary level, the highest leadership positions in libraries or other types of information settings, and in-depth research positions—or positions that combine two or even all three roles.

Distinctions of Dominican’s PhD Program
  • Convenience: Classes meet weekends only on our River Forest campus (some classes are offered in a hybrid—online and face-to-face—format), so you won’t need to quit your job or delay your career to further your education.
  • Cohort model: The cohort model encourages intellectual engagement and professional development in a collaborative environment. New cohorts are launched every two years.
  • Distinguished faculty: You’ll work closely with faculty members who have years of professional and scholarly experience.
  • Personal attention: A team of advisors, faculty members, peers and professors of the practice will counsel you on meeting your goals, whether you come to the program with specific research interests, or career or educational goals.
Wide-Ranging Research

The possibilities are limitless, and you and your team will find the focus that’s right for you. Recent successful dissertations include:

For a more complete list of SOIS PhD students’ dissertations, click here.

To find out more or to apply to the PhD program, please contact program director Karen Snow, PhD, at or (708) 524-6077. Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. PhD cohorts begin in even years: 2020, 2022, 2024, etc.

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