Prospective PhD Students

Doctoral students in the San José Gateway PhD program have chosen to pursue their Doctor of Philosophy degree for a variety of reasons. Several current students are choosing careers in academia, others are seeking positions in management and leadership, and some prefer to consult in the library and information science field. We invite you to learn more about the San José Gateway PhD program students by reading their biographies and perusing a list of their recent publications.

Characteristics common to all San José Gateway PhD program students include an intense curiosity and a high degree of self-motivation. While most have a wide range of professional interests, each is keenly attracted to a particular aspect of the information science field and come to the program with a desire to explore it in a novel way.

Because the San José Gateway PhD program is research focused, students have the flexibility of engaging in their research at a predominantly self-defined pace. Course work is not required in the program – access to courses  provided by the SJSU School of Information is available for those who wish to pursue a more defined path in any areas relevant to their research. 

Formal supervision is provided through a team of three supervisors based in North America and Australia; selective admission ensures new doctoral students are integrated into the full research community within the San José Gateway PhD program. 

“My supervisors, both from San José and from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), were absolutely fabulous. They pushed me to be more precise, more informed, and better able to defend my research and conclusions. They made me such a better scholar and communicator than I was at the beginning of the program,” wrote Dr. Diana Wakimoto, the first individual to complete the San José Gateway PhD program, in her blog post about her doctoral experience. Read her full post here.

Program Snapshot

  • Part-time program –six years expected duration
  • Primarily online – one annual residency held in the United States
  • Research focused from day one
  • Students admitted once a year
  • Doctoral degree granted by Queensland University of Technology
  • International and group supervision model

The San José Gateway PhD program web pages are chock-full of information. We invite you to explore the website to learn more about this international doctoral program. You may also view a recording of an information session.

Contact Us

Questions? Please visit the San José Gateway PhD FAQs page. You may also contact Dr. Virginia Tucker, Associate Coordinator, San José Gateway PhD Program, to discuss your research interests. 

San Jose Gateway PhD Program Snapshot