Michigan State University logo
  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 40.1k / Year
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 594pts.
  • Duration:
  • 5 years


    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.

    Top ranked nationwide, this Ph.D. program in Information and Media (formerly Media and Information Studies) prepares students to become active scholars, teachers and leaders.

    The Director of the IM PhD program, Dr. Manuel Chavez, welcomes you to explore the offerings and content of our doctoral program.

    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 + Public Relations
    • Department of Media and Information
    • School of Journalism

    The student must meet the requirements specified below:

    1. Theory. Complete all of the following (9 credits):  
      a. The following course (3 credits):  
        ADV 900 Theory Building in Media and Information Studies 3
      b. Two of the following courses (6 credits):  
        ADV 921 Media Theory 3
        CAS 992 Doctoral Seminar 3
        MI 960 Media and Technology 3
        Only one enrollment in a 'theory' designated section of CAS 992 may count towards the Theory requirement.  
    2. Research Methods. Complete all of the following (15 credits):  
      a. The following course (3 credits):  
        MI 975 Quantitative Research Design 3
      b. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
        JRN 916 Qualitative Research Methods 3
        MI 985 Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Media 3
      c. Complete 9 credits of electives in research methods as approved by the student's academic advisor.  
    3. Concentration. Complete six courses from an area of concentration selected in consultation with the student's guidance committee (18 credits).  
    4. Complete 24 credits of CAS 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.  
    5. Prepare and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    • The fee is $65 for domestic students, $75 for international students, and can be paid with credit card, check (US funds), or money order (see application for details). 
    • 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 doctoral study, your career goals, and how the Information and Media Ph.D. program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. Be sure to relate your plans and goals to the interests of the faculty you have contacted.
    • 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 doctoral degree.
    • A Resume: Include all activities that account for your time since earning a bachelors degree (e.g. employment, military service, travel). 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 and any scholarly conference presentations or publications.
    • Indicate your area of interest: Advertising and Public Relations; Journalism; or Media and Information.
    • One original paper copy of official transcripts and degree certification documents for all college work should be sent directly from the institution to Nancy Ashley
    • For International Applicants ONLY: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. For the paper version, a minimum score of 580 with no subscore below 55 is required. For the Internet based test a total score of 93 with no subscore below 21 is required. When submitting scores use the university code 1465. Waivers are permitted only for those who have completed a four-year college degree in the United States, at an institution with English as the language of instruction, or an MA degree at an AAU Tier I institution.


    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

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