Ph.D. in Media & Information Studies

The interdepartmental Media and Information Studies Ph.D. Program is offered jointly by the Department of Advertising, the School of Journalism, and the Department of Media and Information.

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According to data released by the National Research Council (NRC) on Sept. 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
This program can be tailored to meet your research interests. Particular areas of research strength in the MIS program are:

Students take core classes in methods and theory supplemented by topic-focused courses outside the
department and college. Classes include:

  • Theories of Media and Information
  • The Online Experience
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Health 2.0
  • Understanding Social Media
  • Media & Technology
  • Transactional Perspectives of Information Technology
  • Economic Structure of Telecommunication Industries
  • Telecommunication and Information Policy
  • Serious Game Theories
  • Online Behavior
  • Survey Design
  • Interviewing Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Media
  • Models of Media Choice
  • Large Scale Data Analysis
  • Social Network Analysis

Our Faculty
Visit this list of our PhD Faculty and their research interests.

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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 Rd.
Comm Arts, Room 340
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Tel: 517.432.1526

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