NCA's Doctoral Program Guide

Michigan State University, Ph.D. in Media & Information Studies

The interdepartmental Media and Information Studies Ph.D. Program at Michigan State University is offered jointly by the Department of Advertising, the School of Journalism, and the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. The program prepares students to become active scholars, teachers and leaders in the fields of media and information.

Association of American Universities Member

 

Carnegie "Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity"

 

Communication doctorates conferred between 2010-16: 76

 

Concentrations/Research Emphases 

  • Games & Meaningful Play
  • Governance of Information & Communication Technology
  • Health Communication
  • Information & Communication Technology for Development
  • Media Economics
  • New Media Uses & Effects
  • Social Media

Rankings

NRC Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs   

  • #15 of 83 programs in Research Output
  • #22 of 83 programs in Diversity

CIOS  

  • Top Ten Research Program in 5 of 99 Research Areas

QS World University Rankings--Communication & Media Studies (2016) 

  • #9 of 200 World Universities

URAP University Rankings--Language, Communication, & Culture 

  • #37 of 250 World Universities 

Admission Requirements 

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic or professional work and are willing to assess your aptitude for graduate work.
  • Academic Statement - The University Graduate Application Academic Statement will automatically populate in GIMS but you can edit this statement in GIMS if desired.
  • Personal Statement - The University Graduate Application Personal Statement will automatically populate in GIMS but you can edit this statement in GIMS if desired.
  • Please complete the research interests section.
  • Please complete the essay (approximately 400 words) answering the following question, "Discuss an experience in your life where you had to overcome a significant challenge or adversity."
  • Resume or vita including listings of conference presentations and/or publications.
  • GRE Scores.
  • TOEFL Scores (for international applicants).

Graduate Faculty 

  • Professor Johannes M. Bauer, Ph.D., Vienna University of Economics
  • Professor Sheila R. Cotten, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • Associate Professor Constantinos K. Coursaris, Ph.D., McMaster University
  • Professor William Dutton, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo
  • Professor David Ewoldsen, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Professor Keith Hampton, Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Professor Carrie Heeter, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Jina Huh-Yoo, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor Joshua E. Introne, Ph.D., Brandeis University
  • Associate Professor Natascha Just, Ph.D., University of Vienna
  • Assistant Professor Elizabeth LaPensee, Ph.D., Simon Fraser University
  • Assistant Professor Young E. Anna Lee-Argyris, Ph.D., University of British Columbia
  • Associate Professor David McCarty, Ph.D., University of Texas
  • Assistant Professor Eduardo Nakasone, Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Associate Professor Casey O'Donnell, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Olson, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Taiwoo Park, Ph.D., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • Associate Professor Wei Peng, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Assistant Professor Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Associate Professor Emilee Rader, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Assistant Professor Rabindra Ratan, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Assistant Professor Bianca Reisdorf, Ph.D., University of Oxford
  • Professor Charles Steinfield, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Assistant Professor Wietske Van Osch, Ph.D., University of Amsterdam
  • Associate Professor Rick Wash, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Associate Professor Brian Winn, M.S., Michigan State University
  • Assistant Professor Susan Wyche, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

NCA Awards for Faculty and Students, 2000-present 

  • Woolbert Research Award, 2002, 2009
Research Specialties : 
Communication & Technology, Health Communication, Mass Communication-Media Studies, New Media-Social Media