Ph.D. in Information Science -Kent State University

The College of Communication and Information (CCI) at Kent State University (KSU) is currently recruiting applicants for our college-wide PhD program. Our degree is supported by the Schools of Communication Studies, Digital Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communication, Information, and Visual Communication Design.

The KSU CCI faculty and doctoral students engage in research within and across these areas:

  • Cultural Heritage Informatics
  • Global Communication
  • Human Information Behavior
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Knowledge Organization
  • Media, Technology, and Society

Students in the program conduct research in a diverse range of topics such as: disinformation in political communication, sports fandom, knowledge network development and maintenance, students’ information literacy learning strategies, multi-cultural children’s literature, and media messaging around environmental disasters.

The strengths of our program are:

  1. Interdisciplinarity where it counts; specificity where it matters – Our 40 credit hours of coursework can be taken from any of the 5 schools in the college or outside the college, depending on your area of interests. This flexibility means you can craft a plan of study that works for you, while still diving deep into cutting edge dissertation research.

  2. Publishing opportunities are built in – We emphasize publishing from your first semester. Whether in classes, the writing portion of the comprehensive exam, a faculty research assignment, or on your own, student writing and publishing is strongly supported and encouraged. 

  3. Work side-by-side with faculty – A small program means that each PhD studenthas the opportunity to work closely with different faculty from across the college, resulting in interesting research collaborations and teaching opportunities. Plus, you’ll have a team of faculty colleagues in your corner when you hit the job market.

More details can be found here:

Funding opportunities are available – preferred deadline for applications is January 2, 2020.

For more information, contact Dr. Miriam Matteson, Interim Associate Dean in CCI at or 330-672-2464.