Gateway PhD in Library and Information Management


Gateway PhD Program with Manchester Metropolitan University

The Gateway PhD program is an international doctoral degree program that prepares individuals for research, faculty, and leadership positions in the field of library and information science. 

Partnering University

Manchester Metropolitan UniversityStarting in July 2022, the San José State University School of Information will provide a gateway to the Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Library and Information Management conferred by Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, England. Through this partnership, doctoral students have the unique opportunity to virtually attend Manchester Met and reap the benefits of instruction and supervision from faculty members at both universities. 

The Gateway PhD program was previously offered through a partnership with Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, from its inception in 2008 through 2021. Graduates have been recognized with numerous awards and honors for their original research.

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Convenient Online Learning

With this convenient, primarily online doctoral program, information professionals and academics can earn their PhD degree from Manchester Met without having to relocate to England or disrupt their current careers. The doctoral program can be completed on a part-time basis with up to seven years total duration.

Research Focus

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.

Annual Residency

Once a year, Gateway PhD students and faculty members meet in-person during a weeklong research workshop held in San José, California. Students are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Stephen Abrams was awarded a Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in July 2021, for his doctoral study, A Communicological Critique of Evaluative Norms for Digital Preservation Success. This $3,000 award is given by Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society established to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students.
  • Dr. Africa Hands, a 2018 Gateway PhD program graduate and currently assistant professor at East Carolina University, received an Early Career Development grant of $213,303 from IMLS. She will investigate the ways in which public libraries in Central Appalachia support the college literacy of nontraditional prospective students through information and services. More information.
  • Dr. Clarence Maybee was named the W. Wayne Booker Endowed Chair in Information Literacy in February 2021. 
  • Dr. Niloufar Sarraf received a 2019 QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award, given in recognition of her outstanding contribution and the standard of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice. Dr. Sarraf’s dissertation is entitled Mapping the Neural Activities and Affective Dimensions of the ISP Model: Correlates in the Search Exploration, Formulation, and Collection Stages.
  • Dr. Kim Morrison received a QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in 2018, given in recognition of the outstanding contribution made to her chosen discipline and the standard of excellence demonstrated in higher degree research practice. Dr. Morrison’s dissertation is entitled Counter-story as Curriculum: Autoethnography, Critical Race Theory, and Informed Assets in the Information Literacy Classroom. 

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Awards and Honors — Gateway PhD

Students, alumni and faculty members of the Gateway PhD program are making waves in our global communities. Their research and contributions have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. We are proud to highlight their notable accomplishments. 


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