PhD in Information overview

The PhD is the highest degree awarded by the University of Michigan. It signifies that you have successfully mastered a body of skills and knowledge in preparation for a career as an independent scholar. Doctoral training involves working closely with faculty on projects of mutual interest, since mastery of research methods requires hands-on experience.

The School of Information provides an excellent environment in which to pursue your doctoral studies. Faculty are active in research, with projects in many different areas, using many different methods. The school has exceptional facilities and equipment, and through its faculty projects, has access to many off-campus research sites. 

Erin Krupka is the director of the doctoral program. Her research is on economics and social psychology, the effect of social and environmental factors on behavior, and how social norms modify self-interest.


Allison Sweet is the graduate programs coordinator. She supports the day-to-day matters of the doctoral program including assuring that procedures are followed consistently and equitably, maintaining student progress reports, processing financial support; and providing additional assistance as needed.