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Information Science, Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program Description

Information Science is an interdisciplinary program within the Faculty of Computing and Information Science. It brings together faculty, researchers and students who share an interest in studying digital information.

Information Science examines information systems in their social, cultural, economic, historical, legal, and political contexts. Computer science is an important part of the program, but the emphasis is on systems and their use, rather than on the technologies that underlie them.

Information Systems draws from Computer Science and Operations Research; Human Computer Interaction from Communication, Psychology, and Cognitive Studies; Social Studies of Computing from Science & Technology Studies, Law, and Economics, with many others.

The Ph.D. program has been approved by the Education Department in the State of New York.

The Information Science program is home to several large research groups, including the Human-Computer Interaction group, digital libraries research, and the ePrint arXiv.

Contact Information

Website: isinfo@cornell.edu
Email: http://infosci.cornell.edu/
Phone: 607 254-5347

110G Gates Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • cognition
  • human computer interaction
  • information science
  • information systems
  • social aspects of information

Tuition

2015-2016 $29,500

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Dec. 15; Spring: No admission

Requirements Summary:

Assessment

Doctoral Proficiencies (IS dept)


A candidate for a doctoral degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline in a timely fashion.

Proficiencies


* Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline

  •    Think originally and independently to develop concepts and methodologies
  •    Identify new research opportunities within one's field

* Demonstrate advanced research skills

  •    Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating one's own findings and those of others
  •    Master application of existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills
  •    Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline

* Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship

  •   Keep abreast of current advances within one's field and related areas
  •   Show commitment to personal professional development through – engagement in professional societies, publication, and other knowledge transfer modes
  •   Show a commitment to creating an environment that supports learning through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, or demonstration

* Demonstrate professional skills

  •   Adhere to ethical standards in the discipline
  •   Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively