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If you are looking for a unique post-graduate degree that will not only equip you for college and university teaching, research in library and information science, and service to communities, but provide you with a global network of contacts within the information professions, you’ve come to the right place.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree requires a minimum of 56 credit hours. Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in any related discipline of at least 34 credit hours to meet ESU’s requirement of 90 graduate credits for the Ph.D. degree. The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare scholars for leadership in teaching, research, and administration in higher education, information organizations, and related fields.It is based on a core curriculum of four foundational courses, four research courses, and four advanced courses in a concentration (library and information management; information design technology; information systems; informatics). Students complete a course on teaching and learning in organizations before beginning guided readings with a professor that prepares them for the qualifying exam and dissertation research. Instruction is provided in a hybrid delivery model with required class meetings for the doctoral program courses taking place at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas campus.

The program accepts new students every odd-numbered year with the next cohort beginning in the fall of 2021. Applicants are accepted based on educational achievement, experience, and interests. The Doctoral Program Handbook (2018) provides detailed information about program requirements and applying to the ESU Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the School of Library and Information Management.

Graduate Assistantship (GA) awards are offered to two Ph.D. students/new cohort. Eligible individuals for these awards must first be accepted by the SLIM faculty, complete all the ESU admission requirements, and be found eligible for a graduate degree. Each Ph.D. student selected receives a $20,000 GA award with a tuition waiver requiring 20 hours of work each week for 12 months. Applicants for these awards must submit an application using the Ph.D. Student Award Package Form.

At a Glance

Master of Library Science

  • ALA Accredited
  • Concentrations: Archive Studies, Informatics, Leadership & Administration, and and Youth Services
  • Hybrid

Doctor of Philosophy: Library and Information Management

  • Concentrations: Library and Information Management, Information Systems, Instructional Design Technology, and Informatics
  • Hybrid

Specialty Areas of Focus

  • Information Literacy
  • Information Behavior
  • Information Transfer
  • School Librarianship

Areas of Focus

  • Archives, Preservation, and Special Collections
  • Cataloging & Metadata
  • Collection, Acquisition, and Circulation
  • Health Informatics
  • Information Ethics & Values
  • Information Management
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Knowledge Organization
  • Leadership, Management, and Administration
  • Librarianship
  • Outreach Programming and Instruction
  • Reference and Research
  • Technology & Social Change
  • Youth Services

Contact Us

Dr. Mirah Dow, PhD Program Director 

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