Communication and information technologies are transforming society, impacting a cross section of human activity far greater than any innovation since the printing press. Leaders in this nexus of technology and society require insight and expertise transcending the individual disciplines from which the underlying technologies and their applications arise.

The Communication and Information Sciences (CIS) PhD program at the University of Hawaii was established in 1986 to meet this need. CIS was one of the first interdisciplinary programs of its nature, foreshadowing the recent trend of interdisciplinary information schools. It transitioned from a provisional to a permanent program in 1994. CIS is sponsored by four units: The Department of Information and Computer Sciences and the Library and Information Science Program in the College of Natural Sciences, the School of Communications in the College of Social Sciences, and the Department of Information Technology Management in the Shidler College of Business. The program is unique at UH Manoa, crossing three colleges.

The CIS PhD program participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This program allows students from participating states to received reduced tuition rates at the University of Hawaii. More information is available from WRGP and UH Graduate Division.

The CIS Program Office is located in the basement of Hamilton Library (002C) inside the Library and Information Science administrative area. Please email to arrange a visit. The office is closed when Hamilton Library is closed.

The CIS Chair is Rich Gazan; his contact information and office hours are here.

The deadline for all applicants is February 1, 2015 for fall admission.

news & events
CIS alum David Lassner named UH President
Congratulations David!
Five new CIS PhDs
Congratulations to Kaveh Abhari, Ruobing Chi, Lisa Chuang, Thayanan Phuaphanthong and Rajib Subba for their successful dissertation defenses!
Successful proposal defenses
Congrats to Michelle Ibanez, Jonathan Young and Taunalei Wolfgramm, who successfully defended their dissertation proposals in Spring 2014!
Michelle's study: Identification of Domestic Sex Trafficking Patterns Within the United States Using Network Analysis Methods to Detect Covert Network Activity Hidden in Online Environments.

Jonathan's study: Interdisciplinarity in Translational Research: A Bibliometric Case Study.

Tauna's study: Informal Associations in Formal Settings: A Case Study Exploring Formal and Informal Leadership Roles and Formal and Informal Supportive Roles in Work Groups.