San Jose Gateway PhD Program

The San José Gateway PhD program is an international doctoral degree program offered in partnership between the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), ranked Australia's top university under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 rankings. The program prepares individuals for research, faculty, and leadership positions in the field of library and information science. 

With this convenient, primarily online program, information professionals and academics can earn their Doctorate of Philosophy degree with a focus on Library and Information Science, granted by QUT, without having to relocate or disrupt their current careers. The doctoral program can be completed on a part-time basis with up to eight years total duration.

San José Gateway PhD students focus on their research from the very beginning of the program. They conduct original research and receive one-on-one mentoring from faculty who are award-winning scholars, researchers, and educators, representing two continents and a truly international perspective.

Doctoral students also participate in monthly online seminars, keeping in touch with members of their cohort and their international supervisory committee. "One of the unexpected and valued benefits of the program was the input and support I received from faculty members who were not necessarily on my supervisory team but who took an interest in my work," said Dr. Mary Ann Harlan, San José Gateway PhD program alumna (2012).

Once a year, the San José Gateway PhD students and faculty meet in-person during a short residency held at San José State University in San José, California. “The residencies, when I could meet in person with my supervisors, were energizing. The monthly online meetings were also useful in checking in and keeping in contact, so I never felt on my own,” said Dr. Diana Wakimoto, the first individual to complete the San José Gateway PhD program.

This unique part-time doctoral program launched in 2008, and three doctoral students including Harlan and Wakimoto completed the San José Gateway PhD program in 2012. Two additional graduates completed in 2013 and another in 2014, earning their Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of their erudition in a broad field of learning and for notable accomplishment in the field through an original and substantial contribution to knowledge.

For more information about the San José Gateway PhD program, we invite you to visit the following web pages:

Important Dates

  • January 16, 2015 for an August 2015 start – Deadline for endorsement by an SJSU faculty member. N.B. applications received prior to this date are currently being reviewed.
  • Various Dates – See a listing of upcoming presentations by San José Gateway PhD students on the CIRI web page.

Recent Awards and Honors

  • In November 2014, candidate Clarence Maybee received the QUT Higher Education Research Best Publication Higher Degree Student Award for his paper Learning to use information: Informed learning in the undergraduate classroom
  • QUT's program in Library and Information Studies received an impressive rating of 4 (out of 5) by the Australian Research Council, indicating that the program is "above world standard."
  • QUT ranked 26 in the world among universities younger than 50 years old in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 rankings.

Contact Us

Questions? Please visit the Gateway PhD FAQs page. You may also contact Dr. Cheryl Stenström, San José Gateway PhD assistant program coordinator, to discuss your research interests.

San José Gateway PhD students gain a global perspective on the profession, as they receive guidance from faculty supervisors on two continents.