PhD Academics

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Academics — Gateway PhD

Academic studies in the Gateway PhD program align with the research areas of the faculty supervisors. For further information on research areas covered, see the faculty profile pages. We also recommend that you review the profiles and publications of the current students and alumni of the program.

Doctoral students in the 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. 

Characteristics common to all 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 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. 

“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.” – Dr. Diana Wakimoto

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 Gateway PhD program. 

IMPORTANT: The Gateway PhD program is currently closed to new applicants for the coming year. We are updating our application procedures. Please fill out the Information Request Form if you would like to be notified when applications open.