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 Liz Davidson (as of 8/1/2015); her contact information and office hours are:

office hours: by appointment

office location: E303e Shidler College of Business or CIS Program Office, Hamilton Library (002c)

The deadline for all applicants is February 1, 2016 for fall admission.

news & events
Dr. Rajib Subba Conferred with
Rajib is recognized by Nepal Academy of Science and Technology of his dedication to the field of communication and information sciences.
Our alumnus Dr. Rajib Subba has been conferred with "NAST Science and Technology Promotion Award-2015" by the Prime Minister of
Nepal Mr. K. P. Oli on 6th December, 2015. Dr. Subba has been contributed in the diffusion of science and technology relation
information through appropriate and effective use of information and
communication technologies, and for promoting scientific awareness in
the society through various publications. Besides a certificate, Dr. Subba also received cash prize of Rupees 50,000. This annual award is established by Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) 30 years ago. NAST was established in 1982 with a view to promote Science and Technology in Nepal.

Jennifer Beamer awarded Scholarship by the Right 2 Research Organization and SPARC
Jennifer Beamer has been selected by the Right 2 Research Organization and SPARC as an invited participant at OpenCon 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.
The OpenCon 2015 Organizing Committee and alumni viewed her as "an especially strong candidate" that "will be able to advance Scholarly Communication - Open Access, Open Data and Open Education." From thousands of applications (~3500 and accepted 3%), hers "was among the very strongest..." We are so proud of you, Jennifer!

OpenCon 2015, "Empowering the Next Generation to Advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data," will take place during November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium. Please see for more information.
Joanne Romero Loos Received Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants (2015)
Joanne received the 2015 Dan J. Wedemeyer Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants at the School of Communicationsí graduate student/faculty mixer on September 22, 2015.
The Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants 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. Good job, Joanne!!!