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

  • 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.
  • In April 2015, candidate Clarence Maybee and his co-authors on his paper Learning to use information: Informed learning in the undergraduate classroom received the Purdue Libraries’ Research Award, which  recognizes scholarship which exemplifies excellence in library and information science for an outstanding research paper that has been published in the last 4 years.
  • 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.