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Library and Information Management-Informatics Concentration

Informatics Concentration

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Program Description

The Emporia State University (ESU) Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) jointly administer the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Library and Information Management. The degree is designed to prepare scholars for leadership in teaching, research, and administration in higher education, information organizations, and related fields.

The SLIM doctoral program is based on a core curriculum of four foundational courses, four research courses, and four advanced courses in a concentration. In addition, students take a course in teaching and learning in organizations before beginning the guided readings that prepare them for the qualifying exam and subsequent dissertation research. Class meetings for the SLIM doctoral program courses take place at Emporia State University, Emporia campus.

The Doctoral Program Handbook (2018) provides detailed information about program requirements and applying to the ESU Office of Graduate Studies and Research and the School of Library and Information Management. The program accepts new students every even-numbered year with the next cohort beginning in the fall of 2020. Applications began on June 1, 2019. Please click on "Application Instructions" below for more details.

Applicants are accepted based on their educational achievement, experience, and interests. The program requires a minimum of 56 credit hours for the doctoral degree. Applicants must have already completed a master’s degree (in any related discipline) of at least 34 credit hours to meet ESU’s requirement of 90 graduate credits for the degree.

For more information about the SLIM Ph.D. program, please contact Dr. Mirah Dow, Doctoral Program Coordinator, at 620-341-5203, 800-552-4770, or


Informatics Concentration Courses

Introduction to Informatics

Information Retrieval

Systems Analysis and Design

Knowledge Management


The Doctor of Philosophy degree program application instructions and schedule for submission, faculty review of applications, and schedule for notification of applicants is available at this link:

Application Instructions


Beginning in fall 2018, the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) will offer graduate assistantship awards to two (2) Ph.D. students. Eligible individuals for these awards must first be accepted by the SLIM faculty in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program, complete all the ESU admission requirements and be found eligible for a graduate degree.

Each Ph.D. student selected will be offered a $20,000 Graduate Assistantship award with tuition waiver requiring 20 hours of work each week for 12 months.

For complete information about ESU graduate assistantships, please see the Emporia State University, Graduate School, Graduate Policy Handbook, fall 2017/spring 2018 in Graduate Policy Handbook.pdf.

Applicants for these awards must submit an application using the Ph.D. Student Award Package form.pdf.

To inquire about these awards, please contact Dr. Mirah Dow, Ph.D. Program Director.

Doctoral Program Handbook.pdf (cohort beginning 2012)

Doctoral Program Handbook.pdf (cohort beginning 2014)

Doctoral Program Handbook.pdf (cohort beginning 2016)

Doctoral Program Handbook.pdf (cohort beginning 2018)

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