As a doctoral student in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, you can follow interdisciplinary paths. Approaches to inquiry include technical, cognitive, epistemological, cultural, political, and economic aspects of informing and learning. Interest areas include:

  • Engineering education
  • Educational gaming and simulation
  • Information organization, access, and dissemination
  • Information seeking and use
  • Interactive learning environments including VR, embodied and augmented learning
  • Learner-centered design, interface design, instructional design
  • Libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions
  • Reading, gaming, and other immersive experiences
  • User eXperience (UX) and Human computer interaction (HCI)

The completion of the program will prepare you for career tracks in higher education, public policy, public and private research in various fields including but not limited to interaction design, instructional design, library and information science.

Doctoral students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits of ISLT Doctoral seminars where they will become fluent in current research in our field and develop writing skills. These seminars are face to face and online offerings of 3 credits each. Click here for the rotation of doctoral seminar topics.

Reference the PhD Handbook for complete requirements for doctoral program.


Why a PhD with the SISLT iSchool?

With a PhD from the SISLT iSchool, alumni have found work in both academic and in the private sector. Many have become professors in LIS and LT programs in universities around the world. Others currently work in education administration (including in instructional design), in library administration (including in academic libraries) in academic institutions and for non-profit groups studying data and research. In addition, our PhD recipients have gone on to work in the corporate world for companies such as Google, Amazon, and Allied Health.

Image of Kerry Townsend - 3-time alumna (BSEd `99, MEd `01, EdSp `10) and current PhD student Kerry Townsend relflects on the Information Science & Learning Technologies program at Mizzou

SISLT iSchool doctoral graduates are experts in usability, instructional design, information science, risk assessment, and digital curation, working both domestically and internationally to achieve SISLT’s mission of improving practice and creating knowledge to improve the quality of life for all.

Alumni Spotlight

Jhon Bueno Vesga PhD, Information Science and Learning Technologies "Meet SISLT iSchool alum Jhon Bueno Vesga — a Fullbright Scholar who spent 10 years teaching at universities in Asia before trading in his lecture cap to pursue a PhD at Mizzou."


Please contact Dr. Heather Moulaison-Sandy, Director of Graduate Studies, for current information.