If you’re looking for a career in teaching and research at the highest levels, or research and management with mass media companies, consider our small, selective and flexible Ph.D. program.
This doctorate is intended to be an interdisciplinary program. You'll take classes beyond our school to develop outside areas of expertise, and you'll graduate as a scholar capable of conducting original research, creating new knowledge and disseminating your work through publications, presentations and teaching.
An Expert Faculty
Study under faculty members who are experts in strategic, political, science, health, environmental, race and media communications.
A Tight Community
Learn in a small community of scholars with connections to and ties with top organizations and institutions in the field.
Social Media Lab
Get experience collecting, managing, interpreting and using data through the college's Social Media Insights Lab.
What You’ll Study
You'll take 57 credit hours: 45 hours of coursework and a minimum of 12 dissertation hours. The 45 hours are divided among five core courses, seven electives in mass communications and nine hours of electives from another field of study. Your dissertation is a substantial research project conducted over the course of your enrollment.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making
Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
- University Researcher
- Mass Communications Industry Researcher
- Governmental Agencies