Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences, PhD

University Libraries and Learning Sciences

Program Description:

An OILS Ph.D. candidate must complete an approved program of studies, exclusive of the dissertation, of no less than 78 graduate credit hours. All candidates complete the required core courses (18 credit hours), concentration courses (15 credit hours), interdisciplinary supporting area courses (30 credit hours) and research courses (15 credit hours).

Candidates for the Ph.D. are required to demonstrate inquiry skills appropriate to conducting scholarly research. The identification and certification of the inquiry skills are completed by the student’s Program of Studies Committee on Studies prior to the candidate’s starting work on a dissertation.

The dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must demonstrate an ability to conduct independent research and competence in scholarly exposition. It should present original investigation at an advanced level, of a significant problem and should provide the basis for a publishable contribution to the research literature of the major field.

The Ph.D. degree in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences includes a minimum 78 course work credit hours plus 18 dissertation hours.

Doctoral Core (18 credit hours)

Prerequisites: OILS 501, OILS 561 and EDPY 500 or equivalent courses. Prerequisites are not applied to the 78 credit hours required.

OILS 600Science, Technology and Society
OILS 601Advanced Instructional Design
OILS 690Dissertation Proposal Seminar
OILS 696Internship
 Plus 6 credit hours of doctoral level seminar courses to be selected from the following 3 credit hour seminars:
OILS 608Advanced Seminar in Organizational and Program Evaluation
OILS 635Research in Distance Education
OILS 639Advanced Technology Seminar
OILS 641Advanced Seminar in Organizational Development and Counseling
OILS 661Transformational Learning


Doctoral Concentration (15 credit hours)

These credit hours are chosen from the OILS 500- and 600-level courses. The courses selected are chosen in concert with the student’s advisor and reflect the student’s particular programmatic interest. For example, if students are particularly interested in the use of multimedia and distance learning technologies, they choose a set of courses that help them develop these areas of expertise. Likewise, if students are interested in training and organization development knowledge and skills, they choose courses that develop these areas of expertise.

It is recommended that students select doctoral-level courses for the concentration.

Students must seek advisor approval, if they want to take any of these 15 credits hours outside of OILS.

Research Requirement (15 credit hours)

LLSS 502Naturalistic Inquiry or equivalent
EDPY 505Conducting Quantitative Educational Research or equivalent
EDPY 511Introductory Educational Statistics or equivalent
EDPY 603Applied Statistical Design and Analysis or equivalent
 Plus an additional 600-level research course:


For a Qualitative Dissertation, take one additional qualitative course (e.g., LEAD/LLSS 605 or equivalent).

For a Quantitative Dissertation, take one additional quantitative course (e.g., EDPY 604 or 606 or equivalent).

Interdisciplinary Supporting Area (30 credit hours)

Courses should be selected in consultation with the student’s Program of Studies Committee Chairperson to support an interdisciplinary course of study. Courses may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Leadership
  • Communication
  • Public Administration
  • Organization and Management
  • Foreign Languages
  • Computer Science
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Psychology
  • Health Education

At least 24 credit hours of the interdisciplinary supporting area must be outside of OILS. (For students who obtained a Master’s degree in OILS, only 6 OILS credit hours may be used for the supporting area.)



Admission Requirements:

To enter the degree programs at the Master's or Doctoral level, the student must complete appropriate application materials and proceed through the admission process. Application packets and program information are available from the program office. For specific details and guidelines, contact the Program Coordinator or the Administrative Assistant. All graduate candidates are required to work under the supervision of an assigned advisor and to develop and follow a planned program of studies composed of courses selected with the approval of the faculty advisor and/or Program of Studies Committee. Courses taken without prior approval may not be accepted toward the completion of the degree.

Transfer Agreements:

 A maximum of 18 credit hours may be transferred into the Ph.D. program from a student’s Master’s program. The final decision of which courses are accepted is made by the student’s Program of Studies Committee. For more information on the transfer of courses, see Transfer Credit in The Graduate Program section of this Catalog.

Contact Information:

Linda Wood: Program Coordinator
(505) 277-4131
woodl@unm.edu