Our students complete 57 hours of doctoral work, including a minimum of 45 hours of coursework and 12 dissertation hours.
The program is divided into four parts, which include:
1. The core 24 hours:
- Communications Research Design
- Seminar in Mass Communication Theory and Theory Construction
- Seminar in Teaching Media Studies
- Communication Research: Critical, Cultural and Naturalistic Approaches
- Independent Research Project
- An advanced course in statistics
Plus two of these three research-based classes:
- Historical Research Methods
- Legal Research Methods
- Advanced Communication Research
2. At least 12 hours of mass communication electives.
3. At least nine hours of electives from another field of study.
4. Exam and dissertation, 12 hours.
- Students will take oral and written exams to demonstrate a mastery of their field. The written exam covers questions based on the student’s general coursework. The oral exam explores the subjects covered in the written exam.
- The dissertation is a substantial research project conducted over the course of enrollment.
For more detailed information, see the program manual (pdf).