MIS PhD Overview

Our program name expresses our vision of a field of social science that combines conventional mass media research with the search for new knowledge about the implications of evolving information and communication technologies including the Internet, social media, mobile devices and digital games.

Top 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:

Department of Advertising and Public Relations
Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media
School of Journalism

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Helping our students succeed is our top priority. Our Ph.D. program enjoys top national rankings for the scholarly productivity of both our faculty and our students. We support more than 80 percent of our incoming students with teaching assistantships, research assistantships and University fellowships and provide funds for conference travel and student research projects.

From the first day, we encourage students to participate in faculty research projects so that they can become active and prolific scholars. We offer 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.

The Lansing area is an inviting and economical location in which to live and work. We invite you to join us here in the search for new knowledge about the media and information technologies in our lives.

For More Information
Nancy Ashley
340 Comm Arts Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1212
Tel: 517.355.3410
email: ashleyn@msu.edu

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