PhD Library and Information Science

The Library and Information Science Program (LIS) is part of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at The University of Western Ontario. The Program seeks highly qualified applicants with Master's degrees for admission to its Program (see Admissions).  For information on how to apply to the program, please visit the PhD LIS Application Procedure page. For information on financial support available for PhD LIS students, please visit the Financial Assistance section.

The University of Western Ontario began offering a PhD in library and information science in 1973. Since its inception, the Program has been in good standing in regular appraisals by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies. The Program is designed to offer students a great degree of flexibility to take advantage of a wide range of research expertise organized in two very broad and dynamic Areas of Specialization. Only two of six courses are required and students may elect one or two relevant one-term courses from other Western graduate programs. A student’s comprehensive examinations following the completion of course work are based upon an individualized reading list determined in consultation with the student by the student’s examination committee members.

The production of the student’s dissertation is supervised by an Advisory Committee consisting of a Chief Supervisor, who must be approved as a supervisor in LIS by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. One Assistant Advisor may be any faculty member of the University, or, with the permission of the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, from outside the University (see Chief Supervisor and Advisory Committee).

The combination of a wide range of research expertise, few course requirements, student consultation on reading lists for comprehensive examinations, and wide scope in the selection of the Advisory Committee ensures each student great flexibility and independence in their pursuit of research topics most important to them.