Intelligent and Interactive Systems Ph.D. Requirements

The Intelligent and Interactive Systems (IIS) track of the Ph.D. in Informatics prepares students to become top academic researchers and practitioners in this interdisciplinary intellectual space, in part through research collaborations with other academic institutions, research centers, and businesses.

Our faculty are also happy to supervise students pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science who want to conduct research in computer vision, social robotics and/or human-robot interaction, among other fields.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). We also recommend consulting the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Bulletin 2018-2019 (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 student must successfully complete ninety (90) credit hours of graduate-level course work. The specific track requirements are listed below.


Informatics Core Requirements (6 cr.)

Seminar Requirement (6 cr.)

Research Rotation Requirement (6 cr.)

A student must complete two rotations of I790. A third rotation will not count for course credit.

Theory and Methodology Requirement (12 cr.)

These courses must be appropriate for a Ph.D. in Informatics.

Minor Requirements (9-12 cr.)

Typical minors include Cognitive Science, Statistics, Computer Science, and Human-Computer Interaction.

Electives (12-30 cr.)

A student must have all electives approved by the student's advisor and the Director of Informatics Graduate Studies prior to enrolling in the course.

Thesis Reading and Research (minimum of 21 cr. and maximum of 30 cr.)

INFO I890 Thesis Readings and Research