SJSU’s PhD program, international, part-time and conveniently online, offers a global perspective on research topics in library and information science.

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 (iSchool) 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. 

Convenient Online Learning

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.

Research Focus

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).

Annual Residencies

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.

Unique 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. As of November 2015, a total of eight individuals have earned 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.

Learn More

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

Important Dates

  • Early January 2017 for an August 2017 start – Deadline for endorsement by an SJSU faculty member.
  • Various Dates – See a listing of upcoming presentations by San José Gateway PhD students on the CIRI web page.

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Alumnus Dr. Clarence Maybee has just received a QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for 2015. It is in recognition of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice, and for his contribution to the LIS discipline. The committee chooses the recipients for this prestigious award from all dissertations completed across the university during the year, and places him in the top 5% of successful doctoral candidates for 2015. Drs. Kristen Rebmann, Christine Bruce, and Many Lupton (QUT) were members of Clarence’s supervisory team. Well done, Clarence!
  • Professor Emeritus Bill Fisher has recently been named Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology. Adjunct appointments at QUT are honorary postings designed to involve “distinguished and talented professionals and academics in teaching and research activities.” Professor Fisher has been involved with the San Jose Gateway PhD Program since its inception and currently supervises three students. His new appointment allows him to take on a stronger liaison role with QUT and greater leadership responsibilities within the program. Faculty members from both San Jose and QUT are excited about Professor Fisher’s continued dedication to and increased involvement with the program.
  • Doctoral candidate Cherry-Ann Smart has been selected as a 2016 Society for Scholarly Publishing International Fellow. One of a handful to be chosen from over 100 applicants, the honor includes membership to the Society, access to a mentor, and travel and attendance at the 38th Annual Meeting taking place in Vancouver, Canada from June 1-3, 2016. The Society for Scholarly Publishing is “a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field.” Cherry-Ann’s research focuses on services to international and foreign student in academic libraries. Congratulations, Cherry-Ann!
  • Candidate Melissa Fraser-Arnott recently published an article on her work in the highly-regarded LIBRI journal (citation below). She was also shortlisted for the 2016 Doctoral Student Research Poster award with her poster called "Personalizing Success: The Professional Identity Experiences of LIS Graduates in Non-Library Roles." Congratulations, Melissa! Learn more  more about Melissa’s work>>
    • Fraser-Arnott, M. (2015). Librarians outside of libraries: The experiences of library and information science (LIS) graduates working outside of libraries. LIBRI 65(4), 301.
  • 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 our FAQ page. You may also contact Dr. Cheryl Stenström, San José Gateway PhD assistant program coordinator.

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