Prospective PhD Students

Note: The Gateway program is currently closed to new applicants for the coming year. We are updating our application procedures for the following year and will post new information on the How to Apply page as soon as it is available.

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. Selective admission ensures that new doctoral students are integrated into the full research community within the San José Gateway PhD program. 

“My supervisors 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.

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