Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences

The freedom to research your passions

Whether you want to dive more deeply into a current interest or branch out into fresh fields of inquiry, we’ll prepare you for a successful career in academia. Our  Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences program is one of the top research programs in media and communication, with one of the most productive graduate student research records in the world. Our graduates frequently move on to tenure-track positions at prestigious institutions around the United States and the world.

Our customizable curriculum will give you plenty of room to grow and explore. You’ll work with internationally recognized faculty whose wide range of expertise will allow you to hone your research and critical thinking skills. Faculty are affiliated with one of four Media School units: Cinema and Media Studies, Communication Science, Journalism, and Media Arts and Production.

Our small number of required courses means you’ll be able to choose more subjects that suit your particular interests. Last but not least, you’ll join a dynamic, diverse group of students who share your love of media research. Read more about their work and their collaboration with faculty in these stories.

Are you ready for your Ph.D.?

Questions? See information about Graduate Admissions or contact Graduate Studies,, 812-855-0570.

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Meet your professors:

Professors such as Rob Potter conduct their own research as well as serve as mentors. Hear how he turned a love of audio into a scholarly career examining how sound moves people. He’s also director of the school’s Institute for Communication Research, where you will have access to tools to conduct your own studies.

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