Graduate Studies


Apply to the Media & Information Studies Ph.D. Program

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 December 1 with later applications considered until at least February 1. Application Deadline is Jan. 1.

Step 1: Complete the Online MSU Graduate School Application

The fee 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: When you receive your email confirmation of receipt of the MSU Graduate Application you will also receive a link to the MSU Graduate Application Portal. Please link to this portal and create your MSU Graduate Application account.

The MSU Graduate Application system will require online submission of the following (no hardcopies of the following will be accepted):

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic or professional work and are willing to assess your aptitude for graduate work. Once you have listed your recommenders and their email addresses the system will generate an email to your recommenders explaining the process to submit their letters electronically (NO HARDCOPIES accepted).
  • An Academic Statement: A concise academic statement of your plans for graduate study, your career goals, and how MSUs Media and Information Studies Ph.D. program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • A Personal Statement: A concise personal statement about how your background and life experiences, including social, economic, cultural, familial, education, or other opportunities or challenges motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree.
  • A Resume: Include all activities that account for your time since earning a bachelors degree (e.g. employment, military serve, travel). Be sure to include the type of activity, name of employer, city/state, and dates. List the most recent activity first. Also include all relevant professional experiences, locations, dates.

Step 3: Send the following materials to: Nancy Ashley, Media and Information PhD Program, 404 Wilson Road, Room 340, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824:

  • One copy of official and original transcripts and degree certification documents for all college work.
  • Note: Applicants from Chinese: During the application process, applicants submit certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the Media & Information Ph.D.(see address above). MSU requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation.

    Effective Spring 2015, Michigan State University will require all incoming ADMITTED students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts (大学成绩单) and bachelor degree (本科学位证书). All verification reports need to be sent to the MSU Office of Admissions directly by CDGDC. For those Master degree granted student, we only need the undergraduate level verification report from CDGDC.

    Please refer to the CDGDC website for more information:

Please note that the department will only accept in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution hard copies of official transcripts. All other materials should be reported electronically through the Applicant Portal or reported via ETS to the University. Supporting materials sent as a hard copy that should be submitted electronically in the Applicant Portal will not be accepted by the department.

Report the following directly to the Office of Admissions

o Official GRE Scores (Note: Please use the university code of 1465. There is no need to use a department code.)

o Official TOEFL Scores *International students only* (Note: Please use the University code of 1465. There is no need to use a department code.)

**International students should be aware that in addition to your TOEFL score meeting our minimum standards, we require that all admitted International students take the English Language test provided by the University upon arrival to MSU. International students are required to take this test prior to enrolling for courses and placement into courses will be done so according to the test results. If you for some reason you do not pass the test, you will be required to take a semester of English Language courses at your expense, and may not be able to enroll for any additional academic courses. Once you have successfully completed the English Language courses you will be removed from provisional to regular status. For more information about the ELC test you may visit their website at For up-to-date information on tuition and fees please go to

Please feel free to address any questions to: Nancy Ashley

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