Ph.D. On Campus

Media and Public Affairs

Louisiana State University

36 months
29456 USD/year
29456 USD/year
12541 USD/year
Tuition fee
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At Media and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University we have a broad view of media and public affairs, with research on political polarization, digital technology, crisis communication, wartime propaganda, gender and sexuality, media effects, health communication, native advertising and the representation of minority groups, among others. 


Media and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University offers a focus on political communication through course study in partnership with the LSU Department of Political Science. Doctoral students may also pursue other avenues of research with a public affairs focus, and can take outside courses from many other schools and colleges including LSU’s internationally acclaimed College of the Coast & Environment. 

Our faculty and current doctoral students regularly publish with top academic presses and leading journals. They win major book prizes, top paper awards and other recognition at scholarly meetings. With six endowed chairs and more than 40 endowed professorships, we attract a world-class faculty.

Students at Media and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University will:

  • use a diverse set of empirical and theoretical approaches,
  • get a broad preparation to study an evolving media landscape and the ever-changing public sphere.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Advanced Research Methods in Mass Communication and Public Affairs 
  • Experimental Applications in Mass Communication Research 
  • Independent Research: Mass Communication 
  • Special Topics in Mass Communication
  • Thesis Research 
  • Professional Internship
  • Professional Project 
  • Public Affairs Externship 
  • Dissertation Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


88 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
156 (verbal)
156 (quantitative)
4.5 (analytical)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA, undergraduate and master’s.
  • You must have earned a completed master’s degree or a terminal graduate degree (for example, an M.F.A. or a J.D.) 
  • We prefer to see GRE scores above 156 verbal & quantitative and above 4.5 analytical writing. 
  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • For TOEFL, we prefer scores above 100 on the internet-based test.

Tuition Fee

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    29456 USD/year
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  • National

    29456 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29456 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    12541 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12541 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Baton Rouge

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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