Ph.D. Admissions

ILS will review your application materials to evaluate your potential for excellence in our doctoral program and in the conduct of research in your subsequent career.

Success in doctoral work requires the ability to:

  • Identify significant research problems.
  • Design research projects that will address those problems.
  • Express the resulting ideas and conclusions clearly in order to contribute new knowledge to the discipline.

How to Apply

Because students are only admitted to the ILS doctoral program in the Fall semester, all application materials must be received by January 15th for consideration for admission and financial aid. Admission to the doctoral program is highly competitive. Please note that your application will not be reviewed until all of your materials have been received.

In order to review all applicants on an equal basis, ILS requires the following materials.


All Applicants must apply online; please select Information Science PhD (SoIC) for the Academic Program.


Transcripts for all university coursework taken and all degrees completed. At a minimum, you must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college with a grade point average of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale). For all graduate level that you have taken, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale). Transcripts should be sent directly to the Department of Information and Library Science at:

ILS Admissions
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
1320 East 10th Street, LI 011
Bloomington, IN 47405-3907

International students should also submit their transcripts to the address above. Information about equivalent Bachelor's degrees and required documentation is available on the IU Office of International Services website.

Personal Statement

You must submit an 800-1000 word statement of your professional goals that discusses your commitment to teaching and/or research in information science. Your statement should address the following questions:

  1. Why do you want a Ph.D. in Information Science?
  2. What areas of study in information science interest you? Please describe, either from a theoretical or an applied perspective, one or two research problems in information science that you believe are significant.
  3. Why do you think researching these problems is (or will be) of major importance to information science?
  4. How has your educational and/or professional work prepared you for study toward a Ph.D.?

Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should come from persons in academic or professional communities who can address your scholarly and analytical abilities and your overall potential for doctoral work.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

Please submit GRE General Test scores taken within three years of your application. Approximate GRE minimum scores expected are V=153, Q=144, and AW=4.0. We also look at the score percentages, since the tests vary some. Because admission is competitive, higher scores are expected. Note: IU Institutional Code: 1324; ILS School Code: 0404 (Information Science). ILS looks at the whole application in making an admissions decision.


TOEFL (minimum 100) scores are required if your first language is not English. The IELTS (minimum 7.0) is an option, too. International students should review the IU Admissions Standards for the Demonstration of English Proficiency.

Current Curriculum Vitae or Résumé

Writing Sample

The writing sample must be a single author work written by you. It can be a published journal article, a book chapter, a technical white paper, a grant proposal or a paper written for a course. 

If you have any questions about the admissions process or want to check on receipt of your application materials, please see the ILS information on our contact page. International students may also contact the IU Office of International Admissions (phone: 812.855.4306).