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PhD, 2019-2020 Cohort, Simmons School of Library and Information Science, Boston, MA

The School of Library and Information Science invites applications to our Ph.D. in Library and Information Science program.

The Simmons School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is inviting applications to our Ph.D. in Library and Information Science for the 2019-2020 cohort. Simmons SLIS has an established reputation for producing both remarkable leaders in professional service at local, national and international levels and outstanding scholars and educators for library and information science (LIS) programs. 

During the program, students are able to conduct research on a variety of dissertation topics within LIS as well as information professions. Doctoral studies can be conducted at various intersections of setting, audience and activity. Some examples of study areas which build on strengths among our faculty include: 

  • Archives
  • Cultural heritage and preservation
  • Information literacy
  • Diversity and inclusion in LIS services
  • Information behavior research
  • Usability and user experience research
  • Community informatics 
  • And more!

Students are required to complete 36 credit hours beyond a master's degree to achieve the Ph.D. degree. Of these 36 credit hours, 15 are devoted to required coursework, three are devoted to the dissertation, and the remaining 18 credits are elective courses. Students may pursue the Ph.D. on a full-time or part-time basis. All degree requirements must be completed within 8 years.

For full consideration, applications are due no later than January 15, 2019. 

For questions or more information, please contact the SLIS Ph.D. Program at or the SLIS Admission Office at

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