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Information Management and Systems, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
    Duration
University rank #28 (QS) , CA,
The doctoral program is a research-oriented program in which the student chooses specific fields of specialization, prepares sufficiently in the literature and the research of those fields to pass a qualifying examination, and completes original research culminating in the written dissertation.

About

  • The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is conferred in recognition of a candidate's grasp of a broad field of learning and distinguished accomplishment in that field through contribution of an original piece of research revealing high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis.
  • The School of Information is an interdisciplinary school examining the design, organization, and management of information and information systems. The School of Information draws on the expertise not only of its own faculty but of the full Berkeley campus. We encourage students to take full advantage of being at this world-class University and not feel bound by disciplinary boundaries.
  • Ph.D. graduates from the Berkeley School of Information go on tenure-track faculty positions at the world’s leading universities, as well as leading research positions in industry, academia, and government.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

 Each student is expected to work with his or her advisor to ensure that the program of study includes:

  • A thorough understanding of research methods and research design
  • The ability to review current research critically
  • The ability to understand emerging trends from an inter-disciplinary perspective.

Expected Ph.D. timeline:

  • Semester 1: Identify a Faculty Advisor
  • Semesters 1–4: Complete breadth courses; complete major and minor requirements
  • Semester 4: Complete the Preliminary Research Paper
  • Semester 5: Complete Preliminary Exam
  • Semester 6–8: Complete Qualifying Exam; advance to Candidacy
  • Four semesters after Qualifying Exam: Complete dissertation and give presentation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree or its recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Superior scholastic record, normally well above a 3.0 GPA
  • Indication of appropriate research goals, described in the Statement of Purpose
  • Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • For applicants whose academic work has been in a language other than English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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