Researchers in information studies seek to understand the ways in which information in all its forms is produced, recorded, organized, preserved, retrieved, communicated, managed, and used, and the ways in which people’s information-related activity shapes—and is shaped by—information technologies, information structures, and information institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. The answers to the research questions posed in information studies help to improve information systems and services, to guide information policy, and to enrich life in today’s information society.
The research and professional programs offered by UCLA’s Department of Information Studies are considered among the finest of their kind in the world. The Ph.D. program is rigorous and rewarding, with a strong research focus, requiring students to sit a written qualifying examination before proposing, writing, and defending a dissertation. It is designed so that students are able to:
- demonstrate a thorough understanding of the field of information studies;
- develop expertise in using the various research methods necessary for investigation in the field;
- conduct effective, sustained research; and
- contribute to the knowledge of the field by identifying and solving a significant problem.
The Ph.D. program offers students ongoing opportunities for close interaction with outstanding faculty who have international reputations in their areas of research; a carefully designed doctoral curriculum with the flexibility to allow students to pursue individual academic and career goals; and the vast academic resources of UCLA itself, capable of supporting sophisticated, interdisciplinary, and innovative scholarly investigation.
Graduates of the program are well prepared to engage in creative research, ordinarily as part of a career in university teaching or in policymaking or consulting for corporate, non-profit, or governmental institutions, and in professional leadership for information institutions. The Department has an outstanding record of placement for graduates in positions of academic and professional leadership.
Doctoral study requires intellectual creativity, discipline, and dedication. UCLA’s Department of Information Studies offers students who undertake this demanding program an extraordinary educational experience. Funding for suitably qualified students is available through scholarships, fellowships, and research assistantships.
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