Top Rankings

The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked MSU's Media and Information Studies Ph.D. program No. 2 in the category of mass communication. MSU's Communication Ph.D. program was ranked No. 4 in a separate category of communication in the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, published by the Chronicle in 2007.

The National Communication Association (NCA) ranks MSU's Ph.D. programs as No. 1 in educating researchers in the rapidly growing fields of health communication and communication technology. MSU is also ranked in the top four in several other fields, including international/intercultural communication, mass communication, and interpersonal communication. Based on the November 2004 NCA report:

MSU's Communication Department is No. 1 in the nation in terms of research productivity, according to a new analysis of scholarly articles that have appeared in the eight academic journals affiliated with the National Communication Association and the International Communication Association, two of the leading academic organizations in the communications field. MSU faculty and doctoral graduates were responsible for 30 percent of the research articles published in the journals between 1999 and 2004 -- double the number of the No. 2 and 3 universities (see Journal of Communication, Vol 55, # 4). This is the latest in a series of productivity studies showing that MSU consistently ranks at the top in published articles.

MSU is ranked No. 2 in producing and encouraging graduate student publications in Journalism and Mass Communication journals examined from 1999 to 2006. The study* presented at the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2008 showed MSU as in the top tier among 628 student author citations representing 78 universities in 13 peer-reviewed journalism and mass communication journals. Another study** presented at the same AEJMC conference ranked MSU No. 3 among 706 graduate student authors representing 196 institutions in collaborating with and encouraging student published research in 10 peer-reviewed journals from 1997 to 2006.

The advertising and public relations master's programs were ranked in the top 10 nationwide by the U.S. News & World Report in 1996 (the last time they were ranked).

According to the Gourman Report 10th Ed. 1998, MSU's program is ranked No. 9 among the top Journalism and Mass Communications programs.


*Article 1: "The Pipeline to Publication: Student Research Productivity in Mass Communication Journals (1999-2006)": 1999-2006, 13 peer-reviewed journals, 628 student author citations, 78 universities represented. MSU ranked second.

**Article 2: "A Study of Graduate Student Authorship in Journalism and Mass Communication Journals Including Who Encourages Productivity": 1997-2006, 10 peer-reviewed journals, 706 grad student authors,  196 universities and other institutions represented, MSU ranked third in producing greatest number of student authors.

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