Graduate Studies


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies are expected to have a Masters in Communication or a comparable field. Applications are reviewed by the M.I.S. Steering Committee. This is a competitive review with applicants ranked among all that apply for a given year. Admission is for Fall semester only. The review of applications begins Dec. 1 with later applications considered until at least Feb. 1. Application Deadline is Jan. 1.

Step 1:Complete the online MSU Graduate School application

Thefee is $50 and can be paid with credit card, check (US funds), or money order (see application for details). Please remember to write down the application ID number for you will need this for the next step.

Step 2:Complete the 0nline college application

After submission and payment of the University Graduate Application please goto the College GIMS Online Application site,, and create your online account.You will need your application number from the university graduate application to create the GIMS account.

This GIMS system will require online submission of the following (no hardcopies):

Three letters of recommendationfrompersons familiar with your academic or professional work and are willing to assess your aptitude for graduate work.Note: Once you have listed your recommenders and their email addresses theGIMSsystem will generate anemail toyour recommenders explaining the process to submit their letters electronically therefore theuniversity graduate application cover form for letters of recommendation is not necessary.

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 theresearch interestssection.

Please complete theessay(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 vitaincluding listings ofconference presentations and/or publications.

Step 3:Send transcripts directly to the Nancy Ashley:

One official transcript from eachuniversity or college attended. Mail directly to Nancy Ashley, 404 Wilson Road, Room 340 Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1212:

Step 4: Send test scores directly to the university:

Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE)-when submitting scores please use only the university code of 1465 and department code of 4502.

For International Applicants ONLY: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); Paper version, a minimum average of 580 with no subscores below 55. For the Computer version a minimum average of 237 with no subscores below 21 required. For the Internet based test an average of 93 minimum with no subscores below 21.When submitting scores please use only the university code of 1465 and department code of 83and submit directly to the Office of Admissions, 250 Administration Bldg. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Step 5: Track your application

The GIMS system will allowthe tracking of your application status online. This includes all documents. We strive to update the system regularly but during high volume times we ask your patience.

All questions should be directed to:

Media and Information Studies, Academic Programs, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1212, Tel: 517.432-1526 Fax: 517.355-7710 Email:

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