Information Science

Major: Information Science
Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 11.0401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-3021

About the Program

The College of Computing & Informatics' on-campus PhD in Information Science program prepares students to become creative, interdisciplinary researchers with foundations in information science, data science, and human-centered computing. The main focus of the program is on education and research that benefit all sectors of society.

Purpose and Scope

The program is designed to support all students in attaining a high level of scholarly achievement in seminars as well as supervised and independent study. The doctoral program has two major goals: acquisition of in-depth knowledge in a specialized research area, and interdisciplinary breadth to support creative scholarship. The degree prepares students for leadership and research careers in academia, industry, administration, and policy-setting.

Opportunities

Most graduates move into academic or research and development (R&D) careers.

Additional Information

A master’s degree is not a prerequisite for the PhD. For more information about this program, please visit the College of Computing & Informatics' PhD in Information Science web page

Degree Requirements

Required Reseach Methods Courses
INFO 812Research Statistics I3.0
INFO 813Quantitative Methods3.0
INFO 816Qualitative Research Methods3.0
Required Foundation Courses6.0
Complete 2 of the following:
Foundations in Information Science
Foundations in Human-Centered Computing
Foundations in Data Science
Specialization Courses *9.0
Information Science
Principles of Cybersecurity
Content Representation
Information Retrieval Systems
Healthcare Informatics
Enterprise Content Management
Metadata and Resource Description
Applied Ontology
Information Policy and Ethics
Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation
Archival Access Systems
Digital Preservation
Human-Centered Computing
Developing User Interfaces
Cognitive Systems
Human-Computer Interaction
Social and Collaborative Computing
Understanding Users: User Experience Research Methods
Prototyping the User Experience
Data Science
Data Structures and Algorithms I
Machine Learning
Deep Learning
Data Analysis at Scale
Applied Database Technologies
Knowledge Base Systems
Social Network Analytics
Applied Artificial Intelligence
Information Visualization
Data Mining
Seminars
INFO 871PhD Process and Practice1.0
INFO 873Special Topics Seminar1.0
INFO 873Special Topics Seminar1.0
Research18.0
Ph.D. Dissertation
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredits
INFO 812Research Statistics I3.0
INFO 871PhD Process and Practice1.0
INFO 998*Ph.D. Dissertation2.0
Foundation Course3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Winter
INFO 813Quantitative Methods3.0
INFO 998*Ph.D. Dissertation3.0
Foundation Course3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
INFO 816Qualitative Research Methods3.0
INFO 998*Ph.D. Dissertation3.0
Specialization Course3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
Fall
INFO 873Special Topics Seminar1.0
INFO 998*Ph.D. Dissertation5.0
Specialization Course3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Winter
INFO 873Special Topics Seminar1.0
INFO 998*Ph.D. Dissertation5.0
Specialization Course3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Facilities

3675 Market Street

In March 2019, the College of Computing & Informatics relocated to 3675 Market. For the first time in the College's history, all CCI faculty, students and professional staff are housed under one roof. Occupying two floors in the brand new uCity Square building, CCI's new home offers state-of-the-art technology in our classrooms, labs, meeting areas and collaboration spaces. 3675 Market offers Class A laboratory, office, coworking, and convening spaces. In fall 2019, the College will open a third floor which will include additional offices, classrooms, a research lab, a maker space, and a ground-breaking DXC Technology Innovation Lab. Located at the intersection of Market Street and 37th Street, 3675 Market will act as a physical nexus, bridging academic campuses and medical centers to the east and south, the commercial corridors along Market Street and Chestnut Street, and the residential communities to the north and west.

The uCity Square building offers:

  • Speculative lab/office space
  • World-class facilities operated by CIC
  • Café/restaurant on-site
  • Quorum, a two-story, 15K SF convening space and conference center
  • Adjacent to future public square
  • Access to Science Center’s nationally renowned business acceleration and technology commercialization programs

Drexel University Libraries

Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise, advancing the University’s academic mission through serving as educators, supporting education and research, collaborating with researchers, and fostering intentional learning outside of the classroom. Drexel University Libraries engages with Drexel communities through three physical locations, including W. W. Hagerty Library,  Queen Lane Library, and the Library Learning Terrace, as well as a vibrant online presence which sees, on average, over 8,000 visits per day. In the W.W. Hagerty Library location, College of Computing & Informatics students have access to private study rooms and nearly half a million books, periodicals, DVDs, videos and University Archives. All fields of inquiry are covered, including: library and information science, computer science, software engineering, health informatics, information systems, and computing technology. Resources are available online at library.drexel.edu or in-person at W. W. Hagerty Library.

The Libraries also make available laptop and desktop PC and Mac computers, printers and scanners, spaces for quiet work or group projects and designated 24/7 spaces. Librarians and library staff—including a liaison librarian for computing and informatics—are available for individual research consultations and to answer questions about materials or services.

CCI Commons

Located on the 10th floor of 3675 Market Street, the CCI Commons is an open lab and collaborative work environment for students. It features desktop computers, a wireless/laptop area, free black and white printing, and more collaborative space for its students. Students have access to 3675 Market's fully equipped conference room with 42” displays and videoconferencing capabilities. The CCI Commons provides technical support to students, faculty, and professional staff. In addition, the staff provides audio-visual support for all presentation classrooms within 3675 Market. Use of the CCI Commons is reserved for all students taking CCI courses.

The computers for general use are Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX machines with appropriate applications which include the Microsoft Office suite, various database management systems, modeling tools, and statistical analysis software. Library related resources may be accessed at the CCI Commons and through the W.W. Hagerty Library. The College is a member of the Rational SEED Program which provides cutting-edge software development and project management software for usage in the CCI Commons and CCI classrooms. The College is also a member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance known also as “DreamSpark” that allows students free access to a wide array of Microsoft software titles and operating systems.

The CCI Commons, student labs, and classrooms have access to networked databases, print and file resources within the College, and the Internet via the University’s network. Email accounts, Internet and BannerWeb access are available through the Office of Information Resources and Technology.

CCI Learning Center

The CCI Learning Center (CCILC), located in 3675 Market Street's CCI Commons student computer lab, provides consulting and other learning resources for students taking computer science classes. The CCILC is staffed by graduate and undergraduate computer science students from the College of Computing & Informatics.

The CCILC and CCI Commons serve as a central hub for small group work, student meetings, and TA assistance. 

Research Laboratories

The College houses multiple research labs, led by CCI faculty, in 3675 Market Street including: the Drexel Health and Risk Communication Lab, Interactive Systems for Healthcare, Socio-Technical Studies Group, Intelligent Information & Knowledge Computing Research Lab, Evidence-based Decision Making Lab, Applied Symbolic Computation Laboratory (ASYM), High Performance Computing Laboratory (SPIRAL), Drexel Research on Play (RePlay) Laboratory, Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), Social Computing Research Group, Vision and Cognition Laboratory (VisCog) and the Vision and Graphics Laboratory. For more information on these laboratories, please visit the College’s research web page.

Information Science Faculty

Denise E. Agosto, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). Professor. Information behavior, public libraries, gender, children, young adults, multicultural materials.
Larry Alexander, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Executive in Residence. Research Professor. Large scale modeling and simulation, pattern recognition, the future of information technology.
Yuan An, PhD (University of Toronto, Canada). Associate Professor. Conceptual modeling, schema and ontology mapping, information integration, knowledge representation, requirements engineering, healthcare information systems, semantic web.
Ellen Bass, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology) Head of Department of Information Science; Joint Appointment with the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Professor. Characterizing human judgement and decision making, modeling human judgement when supported by information automation, computational models of human-human and human-automation coordination.
Jennifer Booker, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Software engineering, systems analysis and design, networking, statistics and measurement, process improvement, object-oriented analysis and design, bioinformatics, and modeling of biological systems.
Christopher Carroll, MS (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Information technology within healthcare companies, computer networking and design, IT infrastructure, server technology, information security, virtualization and cloud computing.
Chaomei Chen, PhD (University of Liverpool). Professor. Information visualization, visual analytics, knowledge domain visualization, network analysis and modeling, scientific discovery, science mapping, scientometrics, citation analysis, human-computer interaction.
Catherine D. Collins, MLIS (Indiana University). Associate Teaching Professor. Knowledge management, collection development, management of information organizations, information sources and services, international development.
John D'Ignazio, MS (Carnegie Mellon University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Human information interaction, digital curation, design of information infrastructures, methods development to elicit and evaluate impact on information environments, metadata schemes.
Prudence W. Dalrymple, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Director, Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Research and Teaching Professor. User-centered information behaviors, particularly in the health arena, health informatics, evidence based practice, education for the information professions and evaluation, and translation of research into practice.
M. Carl Drott, PhD (University of Michigan). Associate Professor. Systems analysis techniques, web usage, competitive intelligence.
Andrea Forte, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Associate Professor. Social computing, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, information literacy.
Susan Gasson, PhD (University of Warwick). Associate Professor. The co-design of business and IT-systems, distributed cognition & knowledge management in boundary-spanning groups, human-centered design, social informatics, online learning communities, grounded theory.
Jane Greenberg, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Alice B. Kroeger Professor. Metadata, ontological engineering, data science, knowledge organization, information retrieval
Peter Grillo, PhD (Temple University) Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Information Science. Teaching Professor. Strategic applications of technology within organizations.
Gregory W. Hislop, PhD (Drexel University) Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor. Information technology for teaching and learning, online education, structure and organization of the information disciplines, computing education research, software evaluation and characterization.
Xiaohua Tony Hu, PhD (University of Regina, Canada). Professor. Data mining, text mining, Web searching and mining, information retrieval, bioinformatics and healthcare informatics.
Weimao Ke, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Associate Professor. Information retrieval (IR), distributed systems, intelligent filtering/recommendation, information visualization, network science, complex systems, machine learning, text/data mining, multi-agent systems, the notion of information.
Xia Lin, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Digital libraries, information visualization, visual interface design, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, object-oriented programming, information retrieval, information architecture, information-seeking behaviors in digital environments.
Linda S. Marion, PhD (Drexel University). Teaching Professor. Formal and informal communication, bibliometric studies of scholarly communication, diffusion of information, information use in the social sciences, academic and public libraries, information science education.
Delia Neuman, PhD (The Ohio State University). Professor Emeritus. Learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design, the use of media for learning, and school library media.
Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD (University of Maryland at College Park) Dean of Libraries. Professor. Library metrics and use in management, library as place, and academic library service models.
Jung-ran Park, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Associate Professor. Knowledge organization and representation, metadata, computer-mediated communication, cross-cultural communication, multilingual information access.
Alex Poole, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Archives and records, digital humanities, digital curation, pedagogy, diversity and inclusivity in the LIS profession
Lori Richards, PhD (University of North Carolina). Assistant Professor. Archives, digital curation, electronic records management, information technology and digital collections, cloud computing and record keeping, management of information organizations.
Michelle L. Rogers, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Associate Professor. Human-computer interaction, healthcare informatics, human factors engineering, socio-technical systems, health services research, patient safety.
Aleksandra Sarcevic, PhD (Rutgers University). Assistant Professor. Computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, healthcare informatics, crisis informatics, social analysis of information and communications technology (ICT).
Il-Yeol Song, PhD (Louisiana State University) PhD in Information Studies Program Director. Professor. Conceptual modeling, data warehousing, Big data technologies, data science, smart aging.
Deborah Turner, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information behavior/interaction, management of information institutions, orality and information.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Information policy, ethics, government information.
Rosina Weber, PhD (Federal University of Santa Catarina). Associate Professor. Knowledge-based systems; case-based reasoning; textual case-based reasoning; computational intelligence; knowledge discovery; uncertainty, mainly targeting knowledge management goals in different domains, e.g., software engineering, military, finance, law, bioninformatics, and health sciences.
Christopher C. Yang, PhD ( University of Arizona, Tucson). Associate Professor. Web search and mining, security informatics, knowledge management, social media analytics, cross-lingual information retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, information visualization, information sharing and privacy, artificial intelligence, digital library, and electronic commerce.
Valerie Ann Yonker, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Human service information systems, systems analysis and design, measurement in software evaluation, knowledge engineering.

Emeritus Faculty

Michael E. Atwood, PhD (University of Colorado) Associate Dean for Research and for Undergraduate Education. Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, organizational memory.
Thomas A. Childers, PhD (Rutgers University). Professor Emeritus. Measurement, evaluation, and planning of information and library services, the effectiveness of information organizations.
David E. Fenske, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Dean Emeritus and Professor. Digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management and information technologies.
Katherine W. McCain, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Scholarly communication, information production and use in the research process, development and structure of scientific specialties, diffusion of innovation, bibliometrics, evaluation of information retrieval systems.
Carol Hansen Montgomery, PhD (Drexel University) Dean of Libraries Emeritus. Research Professor. Selection and use of electronic collections, evaluation of library and information systems, digital libraries, economics of libraries and digital collections.
Howard D. White, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Professor Emeritus. Literature information systems, bibliometrics, research methods, collection development, online searching.
Susan Wiedenbeck, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, end-user programming/end-user development, empirical studies of programmers, interface design and evaluation.
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