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College Doctoral Program

PhD HoodingThe College of Communication and Information offers the Ph.D. degree in Communication and Information, and students may elect to pursue a primary concentration in Information Sciences. Here is a doctoral program overview.

This degree prepares students for careers in research, teaching, administration and service in the field of library and information science.
The program is interdisciplinary in nature, consisting of a required curriculum within the College of Communication and Information, a primary concentration, and a secondary concentration outside the College in disciplines relevant to the student's plan of study and dissertation research.

Our interdisciplinary doctoral program prepares you to be an innovative leader in academe and the professions. The University of Tennessee's PhD in Communication and Information is an innovative program that combines rigorous scholarship with cutting-edge societal engagement.

The PhD experience at UT features an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum that provides in-depth study of information sciences and holistic views of associated areas of study. The degree features faculty from the four schools in the college: Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Studies, Information Sciences, Journalism & Electronic Media. Our faculty’s body of research and presentations are distinguished, and we invite you to see for yourself at

Our students come from a wonderfully diverse landscape of professional experience including the United Nations, the World Bank, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, an international criminal court library, and eBay. Our program attracts outstanding students from around the world including China, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macedonia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, and Venezuela. Our PhD graduates are now employed at national and international universities.

Our interdisciplinary program has four focus areas:

  • knowledge/organizational management
  • science, technology and health
  • international & intercultural information issues
  • law, policy & ethics

Our students take a common core of classes that cut across boundaries in the fields of communication and information. Core courses are centered on knowledge creation. Students learn how paradigmatic assumptions influence theory building and the formation of questions in both positivistic and humanistic traditions. They become skilled at identifying and using appropriate research tools to answer those questions.

The School of Information Sciences is also participating in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Science. Contact Dr. Peiling Wang for more information about the IGMCS.

For further information, contact Dr. Diane Kelly at (856) 974-2148. See also the College of Communication and Information Doctoral Program website.