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Media and Information Studies PhD

We invite you to join an exciting interdisciplinary field of study at the intersection of the social sciences and socio technical systems. We develop and apply transformative knowledge about media and society and evolving information and communication technologies. The program engages students to become active scholars, teachers, and leaders in the media and information fields.

PhD in MIS graduationTop ranked nationwide, this Ph.D. program in Media and Information Studies prepares students to become active scholars, teachers and leaders. Our approach is multidisciplinary, combining faculty members with degrees in communication, advertising, public relations, journalism, economics, information studies, sociology, marketing, and computer science, all pursuing teaching and research opportunities in three participating departments, each with their own specialties:

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From their first day, we encourage students to participate in faculty research projects so that they can become active and prolific scholars in their own right. We have regular course offerings that impart a thorough grounding in theory and research methods as well as a wide array of summer courses and special topics seminars so that students can tailor their coursework to their individual interests. We are especially proud of our students’ record of producing peer reviewed research.

Financial Aid
Graduate teaching and research assistantships with generous monthly stipends, tuition remission, and health benefits are available and over 90 percent of our current students are supported. University fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, summer research fellowships, and stipends for travel to academic conferences round out the resources available for students.

Our Location
East Lansing and the greater Lansing area offer a vibrant cultural environment with easy access to a variety of outdoor activities and the scenic beauty of our state year-round. Blending urban and sub-urban living, it is one of the nation’s most affordable places to complete a doctoral program in media and information studies.

Over three-fourths of our graduates are hired into faculty positions at four-year institutions upon graduation. They are found in departments of mass media, journalism, advertising, public relations, and information studies across the United States and around the world. Others go on to careers in public service and business.

For More Information
The Media and Information Studies Ph.D. Program is administered by the College of Communication Arts & Sciences:

For additional information, please contact:
Nancy Ashley
340 Comm Arts Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Tel: 517.355.3410

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