Admission Procedure and Requirements
Admission Procedure and Requirements
- Fall: January 15
- Spring: September 15
The Ph.D. in IT program solicits applications from students who have a strong interest and commitment to scholarly activity and research in Information Technology. Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and is based upon several factors including:
- For applicants that are required to take the TOEFL: must score at least 577 paper-based; 233 computer-based; 90 iBT, 7 IELTS, or 61 PTE.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): GRE scores must be submitted but are only one component of a holistic admission decision. Successful applicants have typically had GRE score of 150 verbal and 160 quantitative or better.
- Proficiency in English communication, both written and verbal. The ability to read, comprehend and write academic papers is a key criterion in assessing proficiency in English.
- Demonstrated superior performance in mathematics, including calculus, discrete mathematics and statistics, or a sequence of courses in the theory and practice of one or more areas of computer science, information systems, or a closely related field.
- Publications in scholarly journals and/or conferences, graduate theses and/or projects. These offer documentation of interest and commitment to scholarly activities and research.
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: From references who are able to give an in-depth evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work, and who are competent to judge your probability of success in graduate school.
- Statement of Purpose: Statement of Purpose is required (not to exceed two pages) which address the following questions:
• What do you hope to accomplish with a Ph.D. in Information Technology? Please describe the area in Information Technology that you would like to contribute to.
• Why are you applying to this specific program? Please offer details as to why you feel you are a good fit for this program.
• What background or qualifications do you have that you believe are essential to success in this program? Please provide specific academic accomplishments as evidence of your ability to conduct research.
• What general area or topics do you hope to study? Please offer names of IS&T Faculty with whom you would like to work and/or Labs in which you would like to conduct your proposed research.
• What do you expect to be doing in five to ten years after finishing the Ph.D program?
- Writing Sample: Evidence of graduate potential in the form of academic papers, publications, theses or project reports done in an academic or industrial setting. Group project reports do not constitute evidence of an applicant's writing ability.
In addition to an applicant's past academic record and scholarly potential mentioned above, the doctoral program committee will consider the match between the applicant's research interests and ongoing research by the IS&T graduate faculty while making admission decisions.
The committee will no longer offer "conditional" admission option for international graduate students. To be officially admitted into the Graduate College, an international applicant must have a qualifying English Language Proficiency score (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) on file with the Office of Graduate Studies. Applicants who do not have a qualifying English Language Proficiency score must fulfill the English proficiency requirement prior to being admitted to a graduate program.
Admission Decision Timeline
Candidates who meet the minimum requirements may be invited by the committee to phone interviews. These are usually conducted within 4-8 weeks following the application deadline. Admission decisions are usually made within 2-3 weeks following the phone interview.