Ph.D. in Media & Information Studies

The interdepartmental Media and Information Studies Ph.D. Program is offered jointly by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Journalism, and the Department of Media and Information. It is an exciting interdisciplinary program of study at the intersection of the social sciences and socio technical systems. The program is administered by the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. For program details, please visit the College Media and Information Studies Ph.D. program page.

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According to data released by the National Research Council (NRC) on September 28, 2010, the MIS doctoral program ranked 10th overall and third among the subcategory of media Ph.D. programs in the United States.

Eighty-three communication doctoral programs participated in the study that collected data in 2005-2006. These results are based on averaging data across the two overall indices employed by the NRC.

The National Communication Association (NCA), in their November 2004 doctoral program reputation study, ranked MSUs Ph.D. programs as No. 1 in educating researchers in communication technology, and in the top four in mass communication.

Research Areas and Faculty
Faculty in the three participating department have complementary skills and research interests. Students typically participate in one or more research groups and design a dissertation to take advantage of the interdisciplinary environment offered by the program. Research in our department currently focuses on the following areas::

  • Social media and social computing
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Management information systems
  • Socio technical systems
  • Games and meaningful play
  • Health and ICT
  • ICT for development (ICT4D)
  • Media effects
  • Media and information policy
  • Media and information economics

More information about our faculty participating in the MIS Ph.D. program is available on this page. A full list of all 51 faculty members in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Journalism, and the Department of Media and Information is available here.

Coursework
Students move as a cohort through a common set of introductory, theory and methods courses, complemented by courses (some outside the department and college) that allow tailoring the Ph.D. program to meet each individual’s research interests. The three departments collaborate in offering core and specialized courses as well as in guiding students during the dissertation phase. Recent course offerings include (but are not limited to):

  • Theory-Building in Media and Information Studies
  • Media Theory
  • Media and Technology
  • Quantitative Research Design
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Design
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Big Data Analysis
  • Doctoral Seminar in Human Computer Interaction
  • Doctoral Seminar in Theories of Social Media
  • Doctoral Seminar in Video Games
  • Doctoral Seminar in Content Analysis
  • Doctoral Seminar in Consumer Psychology

Research Labs and Centers

Other Links

The Media and Information Studies Ph.D. Program is administered by the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. For additional information, please see the College Media and Information Studies Ph.D page or contact:

Nancy Ashley
404 Wilson Road, Room 340
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Tel: +1.517.432.1526
Email: ashleyn@msu.edu

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