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 $7,344 for fall/spring semesters
  • Must work 20 hrs. per week
  • Tuition waiver is limited to a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours each semester. (must pay fees)
  • Subsidized graduate assistant health insurance available
  • Must apply at