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, 2016 for fall admission.

news & events
Stacy Naipo awarded Tapia Scholarship
CIS student Stacy Naipo has been awarded a Tapia 2015 Scholarship, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The scholarship includes conference registration, hotel accommodations and reimbursable travel stipend.
The ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing will be held in Boston, February 18-21, 2015. For more information, see Congratulations Stacy!
Chamil Rathnayake first recipient of Dan J. Wedemeyer Teaching Award
CIS PhD student Chamil Rathnayake is the first recipient of the Dan J. Wedemeyer Excellence in Teaching Award, given by the UH School of Communications. Congratulations Chamil!
(from the UH School of Communications official announcement)

We are excited to announce the first recipient of our new Dan J. Wedemeyer Award for Excellence in Teaching, Chamil Rathnayake! This award honors a Graduate Teaching Assistant who has demonstrated outstanding teaching skill and concern for student learning. The award is named in honor of Emeritus Professor Dan J. Wedemeyer, who served as a mentor and model for excellence in teaching for hundreds of graduate students over the course of his career in the School of Communications and the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Communication and Information Sciences.
Rajib Subba awarded Nepal Education Medal
Dr. Rajib Subba has been conferred with Nepal Bidhya Bhushan (Nepal Education Medal - Gold) by President of Nepal Dr. Ram Baran Yadab on national education day on 8th September, 2014 for his PhD work. Congratulations Rajib!