Logic & Math Ph.D. Requirements

The logic and mathematical foundations track of the Ph.D. in Informatics is research-based and interdisciplinary, requiring courses and research rotations in other areas of informatics and computing. Math-oriented and broad in its requirements, it yields collaborations and student projects that span the field of informatics.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). We also recommend consulting the School of Informatics and Computing Bulletin 2014-2015 (use the tabs on the left) and the University Graduate School Bulletin 2013-2014 (use the tabs on the top and the left for more detailed information about these requirements.


A total of 90 credit hours is required for this degree. No more than 30 of those hours will be counted from a master’s degree taken at Indiana University or a graduate program at another university. An additional 6 hours of master’s thesis or capstone project may be counted toward the Ph.D. at the discretion of the student’s advisory committee, assuming the thesis or capstone project is of high research quality.


Required Informatics Courses (18 cr.)

Theory and Methodology (12 cr.)

Specific course work, including research-oriented independent study, will be determined by the student’s advisory committee.

Electives (12-21 cr.)

Research lab experience may be substituted for classroom courses upon approval of the advisor and the advisory committee.

Minor (6-12 cr.)

All students are required to have an appropriate minor inside or outside the school. Minors will be selected with the advisor’s recommendation.

Dissertation Work (21-30 cr.)

Qualifying Exams

The qualifying exams consist of a written exam with depth and breadth components and an oral exam. The exams are offered twice a year, in August and in January. Students must complete the required informatics courses before taking these exams.