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Ph.D. SLIM Library and Information Management

Ph.D. SLIM Library and Information Management

SLIM (School of Library and Information Management) offers a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science with classes taught on the Emporia campus and attended either face-to-face or through distance technology. Doctoral courses are designed to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students with only two weekend-intensive weekends per course, supplemented by online Blackboard instruction. The doctoral curriculum is a five-tier process that introduces students to library and information science research through course work and prepares them for writing a dissertation. Students plan a concentration to reflect their interest in specific fields of study. Up to 15 doctoral students are admitted to the program every other year. Admissions are competitive and require a Masters degree, grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, GRE scores, official transcripts, a statement of career goals and interests, and a sample of written work.

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What can you do with a degree in SLIM Library and Information Management?

  • Teach at the University level
  • Expert research
  • Knowledge Management Specialist
  • Records Manager


  • Instructional Design & Technology
  • Information Systems


  • Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA)
  • Special Libraries Association (SLA)
  • Beta Phi Mu

Requirements and Courses

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  • Five graduate teaching assistants work with online and face-to-face classes and research with faculty members
  • Two graduate administrative assistantships available for administrative work in the SLIM Office.
  • Minimum stipend approximately $7200 for fall/spring semesters
  • Must work 20 hrs. per week
  • Full tuition waiver each semester (must pay fees)
  • Subsidized graduate assistant health insurance available
  • Must apply at

Quick Facts

SLIM has nearly 350 MLS and Ph.D. students in five teaching locations

SLIM has regional directors at all teaching sites who provide personalized academic advising

ESU's White Library provides distance library services to all students

Students may call SLIM and ESU for toll-free technology assistance

The SLIM program addresses non-traditional students who work full time and are unable to attend traditional weekly classes

SLIM saves student dollars with affordable tuition and financial aid/scholarships

International service-learning field trips enhance student learning