Intelligent and Interactive Systems Ph.D. Requirements

The Intelligent and Interactive Systems (IIS) track of the Ph.D. in Informatics prepares students to become top academic researchers and practitioners in this interdisciplinary intellectual space, in part through research collaborations with other academic institutions, research centers, and businesses.

Our faculty are also happy to supervise students pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science who want to conduct research in computer vision, social robotics and/or human-robot interaction, among other fields.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). We also recommend consulting the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Bulletin 2017-2018 (use the tabs on the left) and the University Graduate School Bulletin 2016-2017 (use the tabs at the top and at 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 sufficient research quality.

General Requirements (12 cr.)
Breadth Requirements (9 cr.)

You must take at least three core informatics courses outside the IIS track. Currently, core courses are offered in bioinformatics, human-computer interaction design, music informatics, security informatics, and social informatics.

Minor Requirements (9-12 cr.)

All students are required to have a minor outside or partially inside the school. Minors will be selected with the advisor’s recommendation. In addition to other informatics tracks, a typical student might choose computer science, cognitive science, psychology, physics, mathematics, or statistics. Some of the courses included in the minor may also count toward the student’s methodology or other requirements.

Theory, Methodology, and Elective Courses or Independent Study (33-42 cr.)

Specific course work, including research-oriented independent study, will be determined by the student’s advisory committee. Appropriate courses taught by robotics faculty include:

Several additional relevant courses are available from programs outside the school, including mathematics, physics, statistics, information science, cognitive science, and psychology.

Dissertation Work (21-30 cr.)