School of Information Sciences

PhD Programs at the iSchool are:


Students have the opportunity to work with research faculty on projects addressing challenges and issues in:

  • Computer and network security
  • Advanced database management
  • Geoinformatics
  • Human-centered computing
  • Adaptive Web systems
  • Decision support systems
  • Cognitive systems
  • Large-scale and distributed systems
  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • Children and young adult information behavior and literacy
  • Museum recordkeeping
  • Cyberscholarship
  • History of archives
  • Medical informatics
  • Multi-lingual information search and retrieval
  • Social informatics
  • Open source computing
  • Information and network security
  • Wireless network systems and their survivability
  • Policy implications of new technologies


One of the major benefits of studying at an iSchool is that faculty come from a broad representation of disciplines – therefore, students are exposed to perspectives that are truly multidisciplinary. Here at Pitt, the faculty have earned degrees in:


The iSchool is home to 100+ select doctoral students. This is a truly diverse community of learners – they come from more than 20 different countries including Botswana, Bulgaria, Chile, Columbia, Germany, India, Iran, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China, Russia, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.


A Vast Range

iSchool students may take courses and work on research projects in a vast range of subjects, tailoring programs suited to their own professional objectives.