The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Library and Information Science is available to librarians who are ABD, or have two masters' degrees, one that is ALA accredited Library Science and one in another discipline, or the equivalent course work. The PhD in Library and Information Science is designed to fill a professional need by librarians, and focused on the mission of International University for Graduate Studies (IUGS). The length of time to complete the PhD degree varies. To be sure, most candidates can complete their doctoral requirements in six (6) to eighteen (18) months. Of course, this depends on their level of enthusiasm, practical experience, the frequency in connecting with the mentor, and personal commitment to life-long endeavors.
Sixty-six (66) graduate credits are needed for transfer. These credits may be obtained prior to or after admission. An additional twenty-seven (27) credits are to be earned at International University for Graduate Studies (IUGS). Candidates are required to undertake the following:
The sixty-six (66) transferred credits and the additional twenty-seven (27) credits which are earned at IUGS will total ninety-three (93) credits. This is aimed to meet the academic prerequisites for the PhD in Library and Information Science.
Before writing the dissertation, all candidates must select a mentor with a doctorate in a related field of study so that he or she may guide the doctoral candidate with a successful dissertation. The mentor should bring expertise, real world experience, value, and research ethics to the dissertation. This professional may be selected by the doctoral candidate or has an appropriate mentor who has practiced an aspect of librarianship, Information Systems, Storytelling, or Archival Management assigned by the Chairperson of Library Science.
The academic environment at International University for Graduate Studies respects the doctoral candidate's professional development, academic background, and their path in adding to the wide body of knowledge. Doctoral candidates bond with mentors, faculty and fellow students through research, seminars and presentations, and consistent communications, while exploring and accomplishing their professional goals.
*All relevant graduate credit, including those credits from graduate degrees, as well as approved graduate-level, continuing-education, certification and licensing coursework.
** Distance Learning.
ALL TUITION AND FEES ARE PAYABLE IN U.S. DOLLARSApplication Fee $250 (non-refundable)
Tuition (Includes: advisement, library fees, the Graduate Seminar, workshops, Research and Design I & II, the external and internal reviews of the project or the dissertation, the oral project examination or the oral dissertation defence and the printing and binding of the project or the dissertation.)1
*Mentor Fee (PhD candidates are required to hire a mentor. Non PhD candidates a mentor is suggested but is not required). The typical mentor fee is $1,500 but is negotiated between the candidate and the mentor.
Travel, food and lodging (Estimate)
Total Cost without mentor
Tuition (Includes: advisement, library fees, the Graduate Seminar, workshops, Research and Design I, the exam and the review of the project, the oral project examination or the oral thesis defence and the printing and binding of the project or the thesis.)1
*Mentor Fee (Master's thesis candidates are required to hire a mentor. Master's non-thesis candidates a mentor is suggested but is not required). The typical mentor fee for master's candidates is $1,000 but is negotiated between the candidate and the mentor.
Total Cost without mentor
1 Total Cost does not include the cost for the evaluation of continuing education course content or for the testing of unevaluated continuing education coursework submitted for transfer, or online courses offered by the University.
$200 per credit
$300 per credit
Independent study and online courses (if needed)
$450 per credit
Payment Plans are available
Department Head, Faculty of Library Science
Dean, Faculty of Management and Applied EconomicsDean, Faculty of Library Science
On a part-time basis, most candidates are anticipated to complete their degree requirements within eighteen months. The determining criteria are dedication and the candidate’s previous academic and professional portfolio.