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Library and Information Management - Information Systems Concentration

Prepares scholars for leadership in teaching, research, and administration in higher education

Information Systems Concentration


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 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.

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

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Curriculum + Graduate Student Award Package

Information Systems Concentration

Special Topics in Computer Information Systems

Information Technology Project Management

Systems Analysis and Design

Electronic Commerce

Information Systems for Managerial Decision Making

Ph.D. Student award package

The School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) offers 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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