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PhD Information

Catalog id : 01100
 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
22674 USD
National
7537 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 75 USD
Department
School of Information
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)480
GRE (avg)20
GMAT (avg)570
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About this course

The PhD is the highest degree awarded by the University of Michigan. It signifies that you have successfully mastered a body of skills and knowledge in preparation for a career as an independent scholar. Doctoral training involves working closely with faculty on projects of mutual interest, since mastery of research methods requires hands-on experience.

The School of Information provides an excellent environment in which to pursue your doctoral studies. Faculty are active in research, with projects in many different areas, using many different methods. The school has exceptional facilities and equipment, and through its faculty projects, has access to many off-campus research sites.

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Eligibility Criteria

Specific Course Requirements:

A master's degree is recommended but not required; a superior academic record with evidence of ability to engage in independent and original study in an information field; scores from the Graduate Record Examination (general test) taken within the past five years; TOEFL (taken within the past two years (international applicants only) with a score of at least 100 on the internet based test; one official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work; a statement of your specific area of research interest. Explain why you think UMSI is a good place for you to pursue your studies. Please list research topic areas and the faculty with whom you would like to work. Also state your understanding of what it means to learn how to do original research and courses or projects that you have been involved with to show your preparation; a description of research interests; and three letters of recommendation from faculty members and/or professional colleagues.

General Requirements :

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?
All transfer applicants that do not speak English as their native language must provide proof of English proficiency. The English proficiency requirement is not based on citizenship. Non-native speakers of English must submit current, official test scores from TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS to complete a transfer application.

Exemptions
Exceptions to the English proficiency tests include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic studies in one of the countries listedmight also be exempted if SAT critical reading scores are in the mid-600 range.

Applicants that meet the above criteria and wish to request an exemption from the English proficiency requirement must present SAT scores and send a written request containing full name, U-M ID and requested term of enrollment to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Accepted English Proficiency tests
The University accepts the results of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is not accepted.

Generally accepted minimum scores
English proficiency scores are one component in the overall review of an application. Generally accepted minimum scores for each of the accepted tests are:

  • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
  • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
  • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5

Sending test scores
Test scores are valid for two years from the date an application is received. Expired scores will not be accepted. Copies of test scores or scores submitted by applicants are not accepted. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. TOEFL scores are not accepted unless received directly from ETS. The U-M Ann Arbor TOEFL code is 1839.

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Course Modules

A minimum of 24 credit hours, including at least four hours of courses outside of the School of Information; 12 credits on research methods and statistics; 12 credits on theory; a noncredit, informal Ph.D. seminar offered under the supervision of an UMSI faculty member; a research project under the supervision of at least one UMSI faculty member.

Pre-Candidate Research Project: Each Ph.D. Student will carry out and complete a research project under the supervision of two UMSI faculty members. The exact nature of the project will be worked out by the student and faculty member(s).

Specialized Preliminary Examination: Each Ph.D. Student will put together a reading list, read and synthesize the literature, putting it into a framework that allows the student's advisors to know what research questions have been answered and what questions remain. A paper is written that identifies a set of researchable questions, anchors them in the literature, and develops one to two designs around one of these questions (using several methods or approaches). An oral examination is given, and evaluated by a three person committee.

Teaching Requirement : Each student carries out two semesters (or equivalent) of teaching. This requirement is ordinarily completed after the second year of studies.

Dissertation Prospectus: A formal Dissertation Proposal must be approved by the Dissertation Committee. This proposal must lay out the planned dissertation research, including a rationale based on the appropriate literature.

Candidate Status: To achieve candidacy the student must complete all of the course requirements, successfully complete the pre-candidate research project, and successfully pass the Specialized Preliminary Examination. This should ordinarily be accomplished by the end of the summer following the student's second year.

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How to Apply

Prepare Your Application

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or Complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.
  • Persons holding master’s or doctoral degrees are usually not eligible to apply for study in the field of specialization and level for which they already have a degree.

Statements and Curriculum Vitae or Resume

The academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume work together to give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences. These 3 documents must be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.

  • Formatting
  • Include at the top of each document:
  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae orResume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
  • Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Letters of recommendation :

When you register your recommenders in the ApplyWeb application, each recommender will receive an e-mail notification to complete the recommendation form through ApplyWeb.
Letters of recommendation must be received no later than the graduate program application deadline.

Tips :

  • You will need each recommender’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, institution or employer, and title.
  • Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, if you check "yes" to waive your right to see this document, you will not be granted access to this information as an enrolled student. It is recommended you check the waiver box “yes” for each recommender. Many recommenders will not submit a letter if you select “no.” You will not be able to change the waiver status once your recommender has signed into their recommendation account.

Resources for Prospective Graduate Students with Disabilities

  • Rackham Graduate School is dedicated to helping all graduate students at the University of Michigan with the resources they need to be academically and personally successful. As part of this mission, we seek to provide information and resources to students based on their different gifts, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus, sit in on classes, meet with other students in the program, and to contact Rackham or the prospective department regarding any disability-related questions or concerns. In the preparation of your graduate school application, please keep in mind that disclosure of a disability is completely voluntary and will be kept confidential. This information is only used for accommodation purposes.
  • If you have a psychological disability that could interfere with your academic success, it is important that you have your condition evaluated by a mental health professional. This evaluation is required for obtaining accommodations specific to students with disabilities. If possible, it is advisable that this evaluation be sought prior to enrollment, which will enable an earlier receipt of support and services as you transition into the academic and campus community.

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