Computing, Culture, and Society Ph.D. Requirements

The Computing, Culture, and Society (CCS) track of the Ph.D. in Informatics is an interdisciplinary program that may involve course work in other fields within the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering—such as complex systems, bioinformatics, human-computer interaction, data visualization, music informatics, and secure computing—as well as courses offered through the Department of Information and Library Science and the Department of Telecommunications. Course work includes a social informatics core, specialized seminars and reading courses, research methods, and theory.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). We also recommend consulting the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Bulletin 2017-2018 (use the tabs on the left) and the University Graduate School Bulletin 2017-2018 (use the tabs at the top and at the left) for more detailed information about these requirements.


A total of 90 credit hours is required for this degree. No more than 30 of those hours can be counted from a master’s degree taken at Indiana University or a graduate program at another university. An additional 6 hours of master’s thesis or capstone project may be counted toward the Ph.D. at the discretion of the student’s program committee, assuming the thesis or capstone project is of sufficient research quality.

Required Informatics Courses (18 cr.)

Theory and Methodology (12 cr.)

The student’s program committee will determine specific course work.

Electives (12-21 cr.)

Research lab experience may be substituted for classroom courses upon approval of the advisor and the advisory committee.

Minor (6-12 cr.)

All students are required to have an appropriate minor inside or outside the school. Minors will be selected with the advisor’s recommendation.

Dissertation Work (21-30 cr.)