Academic Programs Catalog

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Information and Media - Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

The interdepartmental doctoral program in Information and Media is administered by the College of Communication Arts and Sciences through the program Executive Committee and the appointed chairperson of the Executive Committee.  The faculty of the program includes the faculties of the three participating departments.

Academic standards for admission and retention; degree requirements; and residence, transfer credit, and time limit requirements are in accordance with the regulations of the university and of the college.

The doctoral program in Information and Media is designed to prepare teachers and scholars who will help new generations make more enlightened use and greater demands of the Media and Communication Systems. The program examines public policy technology, content, consumption, effects, and economics of media and communication systems domestically and internationally.

Development of original, independent scholarship, expertise in research methods, and development of skills as a teacher are central expectations of students in the program.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Students are admitted beginning fall semester. Exceptional candidates may be admitted without a master's degree. Applicants with professional media experience may be given special consideration.  Scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test are required.  All application materials are due in the program office by December 10th.  Late applications may be considered.
Complete details concerning application may be obtained from the program office in the college or the Web site www.cas.msu.edu.

Guidance Committee

At least two of the three participating departments must be represented on the student's guidance committee.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Information and Media

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.